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  • I like that cane toppers idea, I think I will pinch that one! Thanks Maud.
  • Glad to help. I was always losing the green tops.

  • coneyburyconeybury Posts: 1

    Published in May GW. ideas for raising carrots in containers.  I use window boxes or even a kitchen wall cupboard!, start germination in greenhouse and move outside when suitable, onto a table or bench, above carrot fly.Our first sowing are just about ready to pull, and the next are coming on well.

  • rovnosrovnos Posts: 5

    buy black buckets ( currently for £1) from B&Q for growing tomatoes and cucumbers !

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    eddie J.. i love your stuff.. wouldnt mind that second oak table you made in first lot of pictures.. i absolutely love wood and love some of your smaller sculptures.

    i also buy plants that have more than one in.. i have a fav little garden place.. call it a place as it is just a big plot of land with some greenhouses on and bays of plants for sale.. and they are so cheap and if you take the pots back washed they are grateful as keeps everything cheap and you get a free plant.. well i do as i am a regular visitor there now,

    they have all 1 litre pots 2.50 each and 2 litre 3.50 and 3 litre 4.50 each.. and i got some jacobs ladders for 2.50 each and got 6 plants out of one and 8 out the other all for 5.00.. and also got primual lollypop in the sale as end of season and got 3 pots for 5.00 and got 18 plants after splitting them up. also got some small wood anenomes(which look like dwarf japanese anenomes)  for 2.50 each.. and some solomans seal for 2.50 each..  and 4 other woodland shade living plants.. cant remember them all.. and i spent £28.00

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    i use cut length of drain pipe for my celery.. makes it grow up and keep the stick white and much tastier..

    i also use old containers from the butter nd mushrom trays and anything that can be used to grow plants in. have found best saver way for my seeds is the paper pot maker.. got it for xmas some years back and start most of my larger seeds and veg off in these and then plant them straight out when roots coming our sides.. they just compost down with time.

    i also use the tights idea for my comfrey feed.. have set up and old water butt that had got top split when fell over when the base gave way.. cut the top off down to the split and made wooden top from old pallets.. and stood on some blocks and now i hand the comfrey in it in the tights and then can easily lift out and compost bin it when done.. i then easy way of getting it out .. just turn on the tap. soo much easier than doing it in buckets.. and esier to store.

  • Eddie JEddie J Posts: 108

    Many thanks gardeningfantic.

    I've been too busy with work to have made anything much this year, but I did make this for the garden a week or so ago.

    I really need to make the time to play some more.



  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Rovnos..don't tell everyone, image

    Joking, good price, ok you have to drill holes in bottom but good value, once upon a time they were free, I wonder how much it costs to produce bar code label to gain a quid. Bet next year they're 2 quid.

  • reiverreiver Posts: 32

    Eddie  - you are gifted and I am jealous of your skills and artistic eye.

    With your permission I have just loaded your last pic as my desktop background. Very inspiring.

    Have you submitted any of your work to "Wood Carver" magazine, or exhibited at all?

  • Eddie JEddie J Posts: 108

    Many thanks reiver. image

    I could always take a photo of the last piece in a nicer setting if you wish image

    I haven't submitted any of my work to "Wood Carver" magazine, but I have done two exhibitions. The first at a garden centre, where I did a demonstration weekend, and the second was at a month long art exhibition.

    Also not so much an exhibition, as more of a tour, I have had a local school bring children to the garden to draw the various sculptures. I really enjoyed doing that, and it opened my eyes to look at the garden from a different eye line/height. It was interesting for me to see things from the perspective of a child.

    In reference to exhibitions, I'm happiest just doing my own thing at home, and if someone happens to come past and take an interest, I'm quite happy to show them round. image

    The garden is very much an ongoing project, but I do hope to open it up to the public at some stage in the future when it is all finished.

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