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I taught myself how to do green/soft cuttings for the flooded gardens appeal; then went to youtube and watched some videos on it and blow me down, I was doing it right! My next challenge will be to take some hardwood cuttings, which will take much longer to develop. I also want to have a go at 'Tufa' - fake stone containers when I have the time.

But mostly I have learnt how incredibly generous the forum members have been, sowing and growing plants for Somerset gardens and looking out for members who have been unwell

Lulu The Lurcher

I have learned this year that I hate ground elder

Busy Bee2

Oh Lulu - you are not alone in that.  I have found the only surefire way of not having ground elder in my garden..... I moved house.  No, that wasn't helpful..... I'm sorry


I've learnt that I'm no longer 27....

FG..............surely not ..........I know the average age of everyone on here is apparently 27............perhaps we could up it to.......Oh, I don't know............35 or so ?  As we are supposed to be a more "inclusive society" these days ?



The spirit's willing and all that philippa, but the body's....well.... frankly it's had enough...


Fg - remember the magic wand.  I was hoping you would wave it in this direction too

FG.......Mmmmm.......after a morning at the Allotment and an afternoon in the garden I'm thinking "knackered" might be the most polite description for me.............a glass of wine by the pond I think may restore me

Busy Bee2

Very little a glass of wine can't put right, although I wouldn't sit next to our pond as I am working my round to cleaning it out after three years so it is half empty. 

Well today I learned not to step on massive bumble bees without shoes on. I will not be trying that again.


Did that last summer too Mrs G  


FG, you sound so young; perhaps you are nearing your 28th birthday...some time next year

Learnt some plants shoot late spring whilst others in spring. I dug up a plant and left the it (with a good chunk of soil attached) by the fence. Why? I'm not sure.

learnt to take photos so i know what grew where when i want to move things around and not to be scared of pruning, still learning about seeds, only successful ones so far sweet peas, sown 5 lots of night scented stock, just 2 pots look like they might make it..not very good at understanding thinning out, hardening off, damping off, and still only made 2 cuttings take, 1 lavender, 1 jasmine

I learned that most things will catch up even if ive done nowt by may!
Mrs G, ive learned that lesson too- but with a slug.... eeeew



 I learned to sit back relax an look at what iv achieved a little bit of hard work is good for you an now am reaping the rewards . Had my first strawberry's on Saturday cant wait for the rest to follow

Orchid Lady

I've just learned that I need to invest in fruit protection or move my strawberries.....not had a single strawberry yet as they have all been eaten and something has also taken a liking to my red currants  Net going on later.......Mr Blackbird flew out last night when I went on the veg patch!!


How to grow peas up nets supported by some wooden posts

Nipping out the flowering tops of beans to stop balck fly

Not to go over the top and manure ALL my beds as I now cant grow some veg....need to wait for some months

I dont know enough about watering plants....water some way away from them to make them search for the water

How to build a Bee Hotel which has attracted solitary bees

How to grow beetroot

Good manure is a must

Most of all.............that Allotmenteers are the Best Type of Citizens !!!

Wow a bee hotel that's some thing have not got have to look in to that .????