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Grow Your Own / Bare root strawberries - dead or alive?
« Last post by Joe Hicks on Today at 09:12 »
Hi, does anyone know how soon you should see new growth with bare root strawberries? I've planted them before a few years ago but can't remember how quickly they "came to life"and that was in January. I ask because I planted ten a little over two weeks ago, some in a greenhouse and some outside, and only one in the greenhouse has shown any signs of life with a new leaf, and that started fairly soon after planting. So I'm wondering if the rest have all just died and I should try and reclaim my money! I appreciate they need some time to start growing again, but they look very dried and feel frail at the tops, but they've definitely had enough water (especially those outside). I got them from "gardenersdream" which I've not used before, and although it's big I had my reservations.

Thanks for any thoughts.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2021?
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 09:09 »
Gammon ftf with the rest of yesterday's veggie pasta :)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Song link ups 2021
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 09:06 »
Only You - Flying Pickets
Chatting on the Plot / Re: take a break
« Last post by Christine on Today at 08:49 »
Hmm agree with taking a break but when booster jab, hearing aid fitting, landlord coming to take out the toilet for the morning to let the joiner cure the woodworm behind it all turning up in one week on different days as well as the Thursday morning village club it would be nice to see if I could fit in some time on the allotment  ::)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Price for an allotment
« Last post by Christine on Today at 08:43 »
50 for a full plot next year, 25 for a half plot - discounts for pensioners - and some water where I am. More expensive in posh town by a tenner. 70 for a full plot locally if you rent from Northumberland Estates  - some water there too.
General Gardening / Re: Pruning
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 06:38 »
It's my job for the weekend, as we've been told that the council will do just one collection of garden rubbish this week, after a layoff of a few months...

I've got to tackle five weigelas, two euonymous, several fuscias, a rampant Albertine, a mock orange (haven't a clue how to do this one, it's ten ft tall, but flowered beautifully this year), forcythia and a few roses which have gone adrift!

I think I'll need about five bins for Monday's collection, but they've said they'll only do one, and 'don't over-fill it'..:0~
General Gardening / Re: Thames Pea Shingle/small gravel
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 06:33 »
Thames Pea Shingle is more used for back-filling drains, and other construction work like screeeding, however, we always use it on our drive and usually let the rain wash the dirt and sand away, leaving a reasonable coloured surface!

A decorative shingle will cost a lot more, but is basically the same only thoroughly washed and screened! Decorative chips will cost even more...

Like Mum says, I wouldn't worry too much about the sand etc., it'll go over winter, and may well help the drainage of the soil underneath!

Incidentally, since we put the drive in thirty years ago, we must have had at least six loads of the stuff, and when they delivered the last load a few weeks ago, I was chatting with the driver, and told him how much we'd used, and we both agreed that we didn't really know where it all went after each time, and everyone says the same thing!
Grow Your Own / Re: looking back over my shoulder
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 06:19 »
We keep looking back at when we had a full plot and a half, just for the two of us, and as they reduced to nothing, we now have the issue with the value of even growing some veg at home, like PSB, which provides - say - twenty decent pickings from ten or so plants, but takes up a heck of a lot of space...

Mum, you encouraged us to go more for 'Square Foot' gardening, and it seems to have worked well this year, (except for the forest of PSB), so maybe even a couple of neat rows of Pentland Javelin next year instead?

Lovely position to be in around now...
Equipment Shed / Re: Karcher jet cleaner...
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 06:13 »
Hi think that attachment is called the T racer it has  2 jets that spin round,I've seen one in use on flat concrete but never on brick paths,try a small area and see what it does,have you tried Algon path cleaner put it on at 3 pints to a gallon of water preferably with a knapsack sprayer with a large droplet nozzle and leave it for 3 weeks it works on the algae and kills it,I use it on the paths at my local church  this time of year it keep them clear all winter    jezza

Thanks Jezza! Some YouTube flicks show a concrete area getting pretty clean, but like a lot of 'modern' water jettery, the 'force' should dissipate very soon after leaving the nozzles...

You're right about a trial area - if it takes out some of the moss, it'll be an improvement anyway!

My local GC may have some of the Algon, so that's a thought, and certainly going to be less of a pong than another suggestion locally, Jeyes Fluid... :0(...
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Song link ups 2021
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Yesterday at 23:27 »
Little does she know - Kursaal Flyers
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