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Thought some of you property owners would like to share your expertise in a gairdning section ??

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I grow all bushes, climbers or perennials, so not much use ;)

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We could maybe get Jim McColl tae gie us a few tips. :D

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Gave up on the garden when we started caravanning years a,go! Our gardener pops in and tidies it as needed!

2019 Bailey Platinum (640) Phoenix from Chipping Sodbury caravans, towed by our  2017 my Discovery Sport!

 

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11 hours ago, PR1 said:

Gave up on the garden when we started caravanning years a,go! Our gardener pops in and tidies it as needed!

+1

 

Ian

 

2018 Range Rover Sport AB,  2015 Buccaneer Cruiser.

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I used to buy a few different packets of seeds, mix them up and scatter them over the flower beds. At the end of their flowering season I would collect a few seeds and mix them with some new packets and start again the following year.  I would rip out the old plants and compost them.  It made a really colourful scene and folk would comment on it. Now all I do is shrubs and a few spring flowers and cut everything back at the end of the summer. The garden is mostly lawn with some raised beds. I don't believe that intense gardening and caravanning mix, unless you have someone to look after it for you. 

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In the garden areas in front we removed all plants and bushes and covered it with weed killer mats and then put a layer of stone on top.  However we have since planted a couple of rose bushes and have one or two pots with gardenias in them.  Less maintenance.

Still not sure on pruning back the rose bushes as the branches appear to go gangly and hang down when there are flowers on them.  Also have a grape vine in the back that we prune back every year.  Produces many bunches of black grapes however the grapes are rather small and not sweet.

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I'd sooner spend time in the garden or allotment than go caravanning, there's nothing better for the soul than a cardio vascular workout in the garden........... except for fly fishing :)

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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I mow the grass when required anything else I just throw home and Bargain £2.99 wildflower seeds on the border and let nature take care of everything. 

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So, no veg gardeners then ??

If you believe all the rubbish about food shortages after Brexit, then you should all be growing your own veg & fruit !!!!

Since Blond became ill, I have also had to become a flower gardener---complete foreign concept to me!!!  However, I have two types of flowers growing in front of the house, both in the shape of the house number---well chuffed.

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43 minutes ago, blondchaser said:

So, no veg gardeners then ??

If you believe all the rubbish about food shortages after Brexit, then you should all be growing your own veg & fruit !!!!

Since Blond became ill, I have also had to become a flower gardener---complete foreign concept to me!!!  However, I have two types of flowers growing in front of the house, both in the shape of the house number---well chuffed.

 

pictures needed !  :)

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9 hours ago, blondchaser said:

So, no veg gardeners then ??

If you believe all the rubbish about food shortages after Brexit, then you should all be growing your own veg & fruit !!!!

Since Blond became ill, I have also had to become a flower gardener---complete foreign concept to me!!!  However, I have two types of flowers growing in front of the house, both in the shape of the house number---well chuffed.

 

From oily fingers to green fingers BC ... Outstanding.  Your in touch with your feminine side. Not meaning to be racist in case the CT Snowflakes take offence insinuating you have to be female to be a gerdiner. Love my "gerdin". Started knitting as find it very therapeutic . In the process in knitting a scarf for the Jolly Green Giant ....

 

GAS ....;)

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4 minutes ago, Grumpy Auld Smeesh said:

Started knitting as find it very therapeutic .

Grown men (and women) have been reduced to tears in the past trying to teach me to knit. I could manage the holes between stitches but could never join the holes together 

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I like my veg, the sprouts are now about 3" high after repotting in the greenhouse, the onions seedlings are about 6 inch high, also in the greenhouse is the orange and lemon trees along with the Inca plant (Physalis Peruviana) which has supplied me with berries every time I enter the greenhouse through the winter months, also a selection of cuttings, especially Lemon Verbena as I use it a lot in cooking and summer drinks :)

 

The T.Rex and the pollarded Paulownia (used as a screen on the allotment) are showing signs of life too.  Also in the allotment the broad beans are flowering, the late sown beetroot is ready:) under its debris netting frost cover, the early beetroot is showing its head, again under debris netting and I've been eating the forced rhubarb for over a month.  The purple sprouting is in abundance as are the late sprouts and the kale :)

 

The flower garden is also looking good 

 

As for knitting,

The mrs seems to be full time knitting traffic light hats and white mitts for the hospital nurseries.

 

Should have a knitting section for GAS  :unsure:

 

 

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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On ‎14‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 21:19, PR1 said:

Gave up on the garden when we started caravanning years a,go! Our gardener pops in and tidies it as needed!

 

+1

Mrs. J busy knitting all kinds of stuff ready for imminent arrival of No3 grand sprogg. I find it best not ask!!

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I have 3 veg plots and some assorted plants so not quite living off the grid yet but I do get quite a few veg for very little effort.

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I am a keen veg grower, tatties ,swedes,carrots,leeks,beetroot,peas,beans,onions,sprouts,cabbage, cauli,etc, and of course the other halfs favourite strawberries. An electronic timer takes care of the watering while we are away and the rabbits around here seem to have been wiped out of so thats one problem less to worry aboot. As far as flowers go I stick to begonias as they seem to be bomb proof and can take care of themselves. I find it good exercise and very relaxing and will be spending more time doing when I am no longer able to tour with the van. 

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12 hours ago, Grumpy Auld Smeesh said:

 

From oily fingers to green fingers BC ... Outstanding.  Your in touch with your feminine side. Not meaning to be racist in case the CT Snowflakes take offence insinuating you have to be female to be a gerdiner. Love my "gerdin". Started knitting as find it very therapeutic . In the process in knitting a scarf for the Jolly Green Giant ....

 

GAS ....;)

Naw, naw, I;m talking about a gairdning section, no a knitting section on CT. When are you getting a knitting machine ???

Don't you find being a member of CT therapeutic ?????

In that vein, I'm waiting for the moderators to allow a short topic on-----B

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On ‎16‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 13:12, Hector69 said:

I am a keen veg grower, tatties ,swedes,carrots,leeks,beetroot,peas,beans,onions,sprouts,cabbage, cauli,etc, and of course the other halfs favourite strawberries. An electronic timer takes care of the watering while we are away and the rabbits around here seem to have been wiped out of so thats one problem less to worry aboot. As far as flowers go I stick to begonias as they seem to be bomb proof and can take care of themselves. I find it good exercise and very relaxing and will be spending more time doing when I am no longer able to tour with the van. 

Fit pairt o Eberdeenshire dae yea hail fae??   A wis billeted in Torphins  as a loon before bein deported tae Stony.

 

Going through the winter months I have noticed black lesions in both my Maris Piper and my carrots.  In the worst cases this black lesion goes right through to the centre of the veg. In addition, the odd tattie has skin which looks frazzled up, so I binned them.

Whilst I don't know what caused this, the only thing I can think of was the extreme heat of last summer.  Having said that,  the garden was well watered every day during the very hot period.

Is it possible that this extreme heat in some way interfered with the plants physiology ???

Anyone else had this problem ??

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Update: Well, just got my early tatties planted in the nick of time, as this spell of lovely weather came to a halt tonight.

I planted a few Epicure which is an old favourite and very early. To follow on I planted a few Duke of York to get the real tattie flavour.

This plot had polythene over it for a couple of weeks prior to planting just to warm the soil up a little. Polythene re laid after planting in case of a late frost.

Roll on July.

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Always start my tomatoes from seed, I have a couple of heated propagators  and lights.

 

As we spend so much time away in the caravan and can't rely on someone to water them I use the system shown in the pic.

 

The pots sit on reservoirs and there is a wick which sits from the pots through a hole in the bottom and draws water from the reservoir, they are not watered from the top.

 

The reservoirs are topped up by an automatically timed pipe system.

 

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Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

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I used to love gardening and my German neighbours always used to remark that my lawn was like Wembley Stadiums but since buying a caravan and multiple bouts of knee surgery I've lost the ability to keep on top of it. We have a young lad who's training to be a landscape gardener who comes round once a month to tidy it up.

I planted some apple trees when we first moved in 15 years ago and I get loads of fruit from them which I make into apple crumble or give away to the neighbours.

We got a firm in about 6 years ago to flag and stone our front garden, a few plants and a border of bushes, it's basically maintenance free.

I did a lot of gardening with my Granddad in the 70's on his allotment, happy times :)

On 16/03/2019 at 10:17, Paul_B said:

The T.Rex and the pollarded Paulownia (used as a screen on the allotment) are showing signs of life too.  Also in the allotment the broad beans are flowering, the late sown beetroot is ready:) under its debris netting frost cover, the early beetroot is showing its head, again under debris netting and I've been eating the forced rhubarb for over a month.  The purple sprouting is in abundance as are the late sprouts and the kale

Where's your allotment Paul, Barnsley council sold off the allotments were I used to spend time with my Granddad (Royston), it's a housing estate nowadays :(

On 24/03/2019 at 21:44, blondchaser said:

Fit pairt o Eberdeenshire dae yea hail fae??   A wis billeted in Torphins  as a loon before bein deported tae Stony

I wish I could speak Chinese :D 

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We often go away for six weeks at a time so gave up the allotment and stopped growing summer veg as we were never there to crop it. Winter veg are fine. A keen gardener friend was horrified and said 'What about the garden?' when she heard how much we are away. I told her it would still be there when we came back, 'Yes but what about the weeds?' 'They are still there too,' I told her but she doesn't even like going away for a fortnight in case the garden looks unkempt.

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45 minutes ago, Borussia 1900 said:

I used to love gardening and my German neighbours always used to remark that my lawn was like Wembley Stadiums but since buying a caravan and multiple bouts of knee surgery I've lost the ability to keep on top of it. We have a young lad who's training to be a landscape gardener who comes round once a month to tidy it up.

I planted some apple trees when we first moved in 15 years ago and I get loads of fruit from them which I make into apple crumble or give away to the neighbours.

We got a firm in about 6 years ago to flag and stone our front garden, a few plants and a border of bushes, it's basically maintenance free.

I did a lot of gardening with my Granddad in the 70's on his allotment, happy times :)

Where's your allotment Paul, Barnsley council sold off the allotments were I used to spend time with my Granddad (Royston), it's a housing estate nowadays :(

I wish I could speak Chinese :D 

 

I thought this was going to be a interesting topic until it was spoiled by silly talk :(

 

However that aside I have two allotments at the back of the house, one part lawned with a BBQ area and beer garden, this is screened by a few jungle plants (T-Rex and Paulownias) .

I also have a greenhouse and a fruit cage, the greenhouse has auto watering for while we're away.  I grow the majority of our veg and have a good selection of fruit trees.

As I'm on top of weeding and growing the allotments aren't a problem while we're away, the next door neighbour will keep an eye on things, she looks after our hens and takes the eggs everyday and shares them between friends and other neighbours, she also sprays the tomatoes every other day with blight spray and takes whatever she wants in the greenhouse or garden, I wish she would eat purple sprouting broccoli as we have a glut of that.

 

PS

I went through Royston only yesterday on the way to buy 5 gallon of caravan cleaner and a gallon of caravan wax polish ready for its big clean this weekend,  the first trips to Hutton le Hole and Northumberland aren't far away :)

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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When is the best time to prune roses and how far back should you prune them?  We have planted potatoes and just waiting for them to come up.  next tomatoes and beetroot.  Garlic is growing very well.

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