Adam Pasco

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Talkback: Unwelcome wildlife

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 11:49
Thanks Jumbo 56. Another mouse caught in the shed at the weekend! How many more are there?

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Posted: 27/01/2012 at 16:53
Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bird baths clean, and I scrub mine every month.

I've also recently emptied out a bird nest box, and sterilised it with boiling water.
It doesn't take long, and is time well spent if it helps keep my garden bird population healthy.


Posted: 24/01/2012 at 10:15

It would be remiss of me not to recommend Gardeners' World Magazine, as we always include plenty of information on Growing Your Own, and evenb have a free packet of Tomato Maskotka seed coming with the April issue (along with free fragrant sweet peas).

We're also publishing a 'Grow Your Own' bookazine in March, along with an iPad version, which is looking stunning!

I agree that David Hessayon's Vegetable Expert book is one I regularly turn to, and usually has the advice (crop spacing, sowing time or depth, etc) that I'm looking for. Some of the seed company web sites also have very good 'at-a-glance' growing guides.

Was there any specific advice you can't find, Lisa?

Talkback: Gardeners and the Big Society

Posted: 10/01/2012 at 11:33
Great to hear about these projects. The increased interest in Grow Your Own has really inspired many communities to grow more crops, and share them with others. What better way can there be to get people gardening, support one another, and save money!

Talkback: Growing onions: seeds versus sets

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 15:35
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Thank Paolo. Yes, some packets of seed provide even better value, and deliver even greater savings! Certainly worth considering when trying to keep costs down and increase productivity.

And I think this answers the point raised above questioning returns, as it looks as if returns can be of an even greater magnitude, not lower.

Talkback: The no-dig method

Posted: 16/12/2011 at 17:55

Good advice for weed control Daniel. Many thanks. So much can be achieved by adding material to the soil surface rather than digging.

Anyone taking over a weed infested allotment could well do with following your advice – covering the ground with compost (or spent hops) then a membrane, and planting through this. I've tried something similar in the past myself, and it really helps smother and kill problem weeds, and prevents more annual ones germinating.

Talkback: The no-dig method

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 21:46
You've raised a very interesting point HappyMarion, and that is the benefit of creating raised beds. The soil in these warms more quickly, and this encourages faster root growth and plant development.
The only word of warning I'd add is that while raised beds benefit from offering improved drainage, their soil can dry out more quickly and needing extra watering.


Posted: 13/12/2011 at 13:22

You can try taking hardwood cuttings of elder (Sambucus), and many other trees, shrubs and fruits too.

Cut through a node (leaf joint) at the base, as elder has hollow, pithy stems that will rot if cut between nodes.

Now is teh perfect time to take hardwood cuttings too. Favourites of mine include currants, gooseberry, dogwood, willow (salix) and roses.


Posted: 13/12/2011 at 13:16

My beans were relegated to the compost heap a long time ago ... but then I do garden a little way further North than the temperate Metropolis. 

I've not seen as many ladybirds this year, although several lacewings ventured into my home during November. I'm never sure whether they've just been attracted by the light, or are looking for somewhere sheltered to hibernate. And how did they get indoors any way?

Talkback: The no-dig method

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 13:06
Ah. Back pain! Now that's a topic for another blog.
Yes, do be careful everyone. Visiting the physio is very expensive!
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Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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