Forum Home» Greenfingered MoneySaving

Daydream fund challenge part 4 - Page 1014

New Post Advanced Search

Daydream fund challenge part 4

edited 4 October 2014 at 12:24PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
10.4K replies 815.8K views
1101110121014101610171039

Replies

  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
    31.9K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    There are pretty lettuces that would go well in borders. Frilly mizuna looks good anywhere as well. The problem now is finding the seeds, as most of the on-line companies have been overwhelmed, or are offering long delivery times. I sent some cucumber and mizuna seed to our DD1 yesterday. They're finally getting their 120' garden sorted out thanks to the virus regs; much of it has been under ground cover!
    Here, it was so bitterly cold yesterday, I wimped-out and only did a couple of hours in the polytunnel + watering outdoors. Yes, I did say watering! The strong winds are drying pots out quickly. I have no worries though, compared with the growers, who'll be binning most of their production by Easter. :'(

    Sponsoring The Warning in 2020
    469fc3ds43h3.jpg
    Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Santana.....err... Kanami Tono?
  • RASRAS Forumite
    28.6K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dave, assume that's a proper bank and hedge? Looks really impressive, a lot of work getting it back in shape. Pity so many are either overgrown or smashed by flail each year. When I'm at relatives, I always think that the hazel could be put to so much use if cut on cycle.

    Rummer, have you considered beans and peas? Broad beans have a wonderful scent and climbing runner or French beans can be pretty mixed with a few sweet peas, as can some of the climbing peas and mange tout. Just don't mix with anything poisonous like morning glory. Also try some of the smallest trailing squashes. 
    If you have a local Ledl, they may still have a few packets of veg seeds, although the peas and beans have all gone locally.
     If you can get Wilkos 25p mixed pack of six  lettuces, it's a fair mix. 

    Also do try www.realseeds.co.uk although they have limited capacity. They are lovely.

    The person who has not made a mistake, has made nothing
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
    31.9K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    RAS said:
    Dave, assume that's a proper bank and hedge? Looks really impressive, a lot of work getting it back in shape. Pity so many are either overgrown or smashed by flail each year. When I'm at relatives, I always think that the hazel could be put to so much use if cut on cycle.
    Yes, it's a 200m bank that was totally overgrown. The road side has to be flailed, sometimes also by the council, who just do it because the highway isn't the widest, especially for double deckers! At one end the road is about 8' down, and at the other it's only about 3'. It was a lot of work. There's a lot of blackthorn and hawthorn in there, plus dog roses and bramble, but the honeysuckle gets around everything too and makes it hard to remove anything, even when it's been severed. We've added alder buckthorn to the species (brimstone butterflies) field maple and elder. Down by the old toll cottage we've also established rosa rugosa, but it's taken an age.
    The two larger laid trunks visible in the photo are oaks, but most of the stuff I lay is hazel or ash. Still no sign of ash die back here. I try to lay the hawthorn too, but they are not very accommodating and they come back well from cut trunks anyway; sometimes too well!

    Sponsoring The Warning in 2020
    469fc3ds43h3.jpg
    Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Santana.....err... Kanami Tono?
  • RummerRummer Forumite
    6.6K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    I have loads of seeds, every year I order them as my Christmas gift and I added extra due to the allotment. That coupled with some magazine subscriptions that also send seeds means I have more than I need and I have started giving some to neighbours. Previously I have grown flowers and veg in different places in the garden however this year I want to grow as much as I can so had thought about interspersing veg in the flower beds.

    Thank you both for the advice, I think I will sow peas and beans along the fence as I have some pea netting they can clamber up and they will look good there. I will have a rake through the seeds I have and see what I can put where. The weather here has been glorious and I keep having to remind myself that it is too early to start planting outside!
    Taking responsibility one penny at a time!
  • ukmaggie45ukmaggie45 Forumite
    2.9K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭
    Remember every part of the nasturtium plant is edible! The flowers look pretty in a salad, and the seeds can be pickled a bit like capers. And the leaves can go in salads too. Good for a sacrificial plant to keep blackfly off beans etc too. Oh, and they make good cut flowers too, though don't last very long, but the more you pick, the more you get! One year I grew them up netting at the caravan, they were gorgeous, but never managed that since - too many cabbage white butterflies!
  • Ted_HeadTed_Head Forumite
    848 posts
    Tenth Anniversary 500 Posts Combo Breaker Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭
    It's been very cold here & still very wet. I have done little outside these last few days other than pick up little branches & snap them up for kindling. Too wet to light a bonfire with all the willow I had to take down as I planted too close together.
    A bee flew past the window earlier today which is the first I've seen this year. 
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
    31.9K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dilute bleach never seemed to harm the plants next to the patio at our old house. I would just hose it off with liberal amounts of water.
    In view of my bonfire wind predicted to arrive tomorrow, I did a 'quick' shop today There were more people about, so the queue to get in was longer, while the second queue for the pharmacy inside was horrendous. :o So much for a quick in-and-out! The announcements kept reminding us to maintain social distance, which the public did well. It was just the staff who weren't so good, especially the pharma people. One guy was walking the line, reading prescriptions, taking orders and relaying these to the people making up the meds. None of them was wearing gloves or a mask and they had no personal space at all . It was all fairly chaotic. My total queuing time exceeded shopping time. :o

    Sponsoring The Warning in 2020
    469fc3ds43h3.jpg
    Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Santana.....err... Kanami Tono?
Sign In or Register to comment.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support