Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The Heath Robinson Type Cold Frame Back In Use Again In The Veg Plot.

Yes folks it that time of the year again.  Regular readers will have seen my 'cold frame' before.    I moved it brick by by brick again this morning.  It's two rows of bricks with a shower curtain placed on top of it.  The stick propping up the frame cost nothing and neither did any of the materials.  Even the plant pots are ones rescued from a recycling centre and they won't be going in landfill just yet.

There are approximately 150 of my plant cuttings in the frame.  I even made another frame with some pieces of 3x2 wood I had lying round and I placed another shower curtain on top of that.  That's two cold frames for Nowt or nuffink!  Do my plants wish they lived in a nice garden centre bought cold frame?  Nah.  They're like me.  They have had to rough it all their lives.  

Do you have any gardening tips that cost nothing?

22 comments:

  1. Would the Tate Modern pay me good money for it Rachel? All I want is a little house in the Algarve with a garden for the winter. Thanks!

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  2. Experimental art perhaps? Two for the price of one? "This time next year we'll be millionaires".

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  3. I am about to start taking cuttings of hedging laurel, as I need to areas in. I have been to your German garden centre the last couple of days to get plants to start to fill in. at £1,79 for a camellia! good price! woo hoo! Just got to get the fencing in and then I can start to plant. Need a little plan so I know what is what.

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    1. Hi Sol. I saw some Laurel plants on Done Deal for 2 Euros a plant. Both the German garden centres are a good source for your garden supplies. I bought two pairs of secateurs this week. Think they cost 2 Euros fifty a pair. Do you go to carboot sales? Always a good place for cheap plants, gardening books and tools. Plant nurseries are also worth visiting and they often have bargains and lots of free advice. The Camelia sounds a great buy. Thanks!

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    2. I think Gumtree is good for plants in the UK Sol.

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    3. I havent seen any car boot sales here yet, it is still quite cold although it is light in the mornings. Maybe they wait till Easter?

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    4. Yes its a bit cold for standing around if you're selling especially. I am sure there will be some carboot sales starting soon Sol.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I once posted a blog entitled: Allotment Artitecture. I have seen allotments use all kinds of things for their gardening; supermarket trolleys to dry their onions, sheds made from pallets, homemade polytunnels made with plastic water pipes and polythene, lumps of concrete to hold metal sheets down on a shed..? Its good to utilise things for gardening projects that don't cost anything. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. I have no tips, just wishing I had a gardener. When part of garden had the upheaval I was/am left with a dead fern. Have you ever tried removing a dead fern? It looks a mess and my back prevents me from bending!

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  6. Hi Valerie. There are alway jobbing gardeners like myself who would dig out the fern for you with a spade and axe if necessary. You could always put a postcard in a shop window or an advert in the local newspaper wanting a jobbing gardener? The hardest shrub I ever dug out with an axe and shovel was an holly bush. Their roots are like iron. Thanks !

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    1. The regular guy only mows lawns. I have an occasional gardener but (you're not going to believe this) I didn't think of asking him to remove it!

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    2. Your occasional gardener sounds just the ticket Valerie.

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  7. I’m sure it will do the job intended perfectly well.

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  8. It does Philip. Plants are not fussy. I have some plants growing in old paint tubs and they're thriving. Thanks!

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  9. Found a white hydrangea in the mothers day section at the supermarket. it came home with me. I am going to go back on monday, post mothers day and see what bargains are there. I have seen in the garden what I think is a climbing hydrangea. I will be taking cuttings from that also. I hope it is white. If not I will sell them at the garage sale in July if they take

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  10. Great news you found a white hydrangea Sol. I am sure you will have no problems getting the cuttings to root. Good luck with the garaage sale.

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