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Posted: 24/06/2013 at 13:25

I play a few online games, and have done for many years, in those games i always use carniverous plants as my insperation. I've had characters called Nepenthes, Sarracenae, Dionaea to name a few, it's amazing how few people actually know the latin names for stuff and have no idea where the name comes from. 



Veg: Are the Old Varieties better than New?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:52

i guess this is similar to the test they are doing on beechgrove with AGM vs Normal varieties. 

I decided to try some squash this year, and picked up a "heratage" veriety golden hubbard, not sure why i picked it, but i just thought i'd give it a try. Part of me thinks there must be a reason some of the old verieties have fallen from favour... so are we daft for going back to them? Do the seed companies just see marking stuff as "heratage" a way of extracting more money for old rope?

Perhaps i cynical but i think often with the old/heratage stuff they are playing on the fact that people who like to grow their own veg, are also more likely to be attracted to the idea of saving old varieties. So they use it purely as a marketing gimmick. 

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 15:51

Cheers john, they certainly seem to be working for my grandad too.

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Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:57

John i noticed you have a hoselock tomato waterer thingy.. How do you find it? We got a couple for my grandad as he can forget to water stuff due to his altzeimers. His seem to be doing well (from the plants i grew him).




Posted: 20/06/2013 at 13:54

Believe it or not but i killed a lobelia, i put it in semi shade, in a moist ruch soil, and it died.. I guess they don't like clay. I think last year (1st in garden) i killed 4 plants, the lobellia, a delphinium (eaten by slugs), Blue Verbascum (eaten by slugs), a tree heather (not sure what killed it to be honest just went brown, cheif suspect was the cold easterly winds). 

I can't complain too much 4 from dozens and dozens of plants can't be too bad.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 13:19

Vedun is blue boa the "hardy" agastache that just came out? Have you planted it out or keeping it contained to help overwinter? I really like the look of it, but always begrudge paying good money for plants with "iffy" hardyness.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 16:33


How to keep Globemasters big?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 15:26

Quite possibly, although i would say it's only really felt like spring up here for about a month now. It went from 3deg to 18deg in a space of a week. So more like wintersummer, with no spring hehe, so everything is all screwed, the daffs i planted only finnished flowering about 4 weeks ago.

How to keep Globemasters big?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 15:14

It really is amazing how different things are around the country, the alliums i planted in the autumn, haven't even flowered yet, and you guys are talking about them dieing down! Things have been very slow to get going up north

They look like the flowers are just about to start coming out any time now though! (i hope)

Good nice looking water butt advice?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:57

I would have a word with john here see what he can make for you. I recently got him to make me a half barrel with tap in it for another purpose. I'm sure he'll be able to make a good looking oak water butt.

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