About Mark

Small space gardener with a passion for growing anything i can. My favourite plants would be iris and hemerocallis. I have a passion for water features and have a vast knowledge on aquatic gardens and water having been fortunate enough to travel to many countries to install ponds & water features for clients and companies.
Mark

Busy Weekend Tree Hugging

Person Author: Mark Calender March 8, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Well Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with amazing blue sky. The wind was a little troublesome but i love to make the most of any sunshine we get. Braving the situation of a ladder, i am petrified of ladders, not so much the height just the actual ladders, they wobble around so much and i never feel as though my feet are firmly planted to some thing at least stable. Like the floor. Anyway one rather large silver birch tree now logged up for fire wood.               Yes i am the one cleverly disguised as a koala bear clinging on to the tree, ladder and anything else that was not swaying around in the wind.               Now all logged up ready for next winters f

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Grow Cabinet Light Box

Person Author: Mark Calender January 14, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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My how i made my light box grow cabinet for £40. Originally i wanted to use an old chest of draws and convert it to a light box. However i do not have a garage or shed suitable so i had to think about having one in the house. This was not a problem but i didn't really fancy a scrappy lump of wood with wires sticking out in my office. So i did some thinking and came up with my build. Hope you like it as much as i do. I started off with a canvass wardrobe, A simple light weight structure that allowed a large space for my plants and also gave me the additional shelves for storage. It did not take long to set up and for a mere £17 including delivery i really think it was a bargain. After all a tin of white gloss paint was going to cost around £15 just to make the first idea of a w

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Containers in your garden plot

Person Author: Mark Calender January 12, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , Comment 1 Comment
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The year 2014 is now past and for me it was the first year of growing any variety of veg or salad and i will be the first to admit i did go a little mad trying to grow everything i possibly could. With this being my second year and absorbing knowledge from the forum here at Seed Parade i thought i would share a few of my mistakes. We all make them but when it saves a new grower money i thought i would share my experience on containers. Container growing dos require a little more care and attention however with the time and effort everyone can grow a fantastic array to harvest for the dinner plate and even more to give away to friends and family. First i will start with stackable containers. Trust me they look bigger than they are and once stacked up they are even smaller. Each pot, on

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Planning Week

Person Author: Mark Calender January 10, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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All is quiet on the front garden plot, with the weather rather unfit to do anything other than tie things down to stop them blowing away it seemed a great time to start planning my grow cabinet and organzing my seeds and checking out some new varieties that i would like to try this new season. Excited at the prospect of my grow cabinet i began the week ordering all the required materials i would need. Electric propagator, light fittings, grow bulbs and the reflective material i will be using to maximise the light. Slowly but surely items arrived and i set myself the task to build this weekend, But no, let down by a delivery of only half a product either due to the damage by the courier or by the seller. Typical when the best made plans get hampered out of our control. So the grow ligh

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Small Plots Can Produce A lot.

Person Author: Mark Calender December 17, 2014 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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The joys of growing our own produce should not be limited to the space we have. With the need for new houses and land in great demand gardens are becoming smaller and space a premium resource. Living in a semi Urban area i am fortunate to have a reasonable sized garden for the family to enjoy at the rear of the property this is our space to retreat to on a quiet sunny evening with a glass of vino. However we have always wanted to grow our own vegetables so we looked out to the front garden. In early 2014 we sourced a local farmer to deliver a good load of well rotted manure, Slightly more than we anticipated arrived but i set to work and made a raised bed which we would grow the usual beans, lettuces, leeks and the main general veg most people grow year in year out. This raised bed was

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