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Posted: 08/06/2013 at 18:13

GardeningF, I agree with greens and whites in shady areas, so cool.

Aubergine help please!

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:56

Becka, I bought an expensive 'grafted' aubergine plant last year, the first year I had a proper greenhouse and it did very well grew to about 70cm and produced about 6 or 8 big fruits. This year just got an ordinary aubergine it is now 30 cm, but it is starting to flower. Mine is in a big pot and I will probably feed it for the first time this week. Next year I hope to grow several from seed but they have to be planted in February I believe in a warm place; could be your window sill?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:50

Birdy, I think you must be in a parallel universe Norfolk; we went and did our 'compost master' thing at a flower festival at St. Germans in the Fens, it was overcast and by 3.45 we were all packing up as it was so cold.

Any ideas of this plants Id...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:46

Had to dig up a peony in a friends garden to get rid of ground elder entangled in the roots; seems to be surviving. Don't know about chopping it in half. Peonys can be bought in most garden centres and nurserys

school garden

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:59

Dove, I never knew privet was toxic; I spent several happy months when I was about 5 eating the bright green shoots from privet hedges, but then I also used to eat wax crayons in the days BEFORE they were non-toxic.

Missing Spring Fun

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:54

Gardening is not really a spectator sport, but if you have the time, as wise Verdun says, enjoy what you have created and do the maintenance. In even the best kept garden there is always a little 'housework' to be done; I find I don't notice the black buckets and bamboos lying around and the odd weed that has been pulled up and left to languish on the gravel, until I sit down with a cup of tea to relax.

Runner bean problem please help

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:49

I've had yellowing on quite a few veg plants this spring and I think it is the cold. Some small tomato plants that I was hardening off have had to go back into the greenhouse.

coffee grounds yea or nay?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:47

I have heard that they make compost slightly more acidic, since my soil is pretty alkali I think they are a good idea. Coffee chains like Starbucks sometimes give away big packets of used grounds. But I would add large amounts to the compost bin gradually since I don't know what effect they have on the worms and other tiny creatures in the bin.


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:39

Good morning everyone, chilly here, today I will tidy up the garden, load the car with display stuff and go and do my 'compost master' thing at a local flower festival in a churchyard. Back home, unload car, including wormery which I get to look after for 3 weeks. The wormery is great fun, seeing what they like to eat; they love the pulp from the juicer, but they can only have a bit otherwise they get overfed apparently. If I had grandchildren it would be worth getting one as they are easy to look after pets and they get kids to understand the cycle of growth, decay, growth again. Hoping it will rain in the next few days as have had to use the hose on the garden. Have a great weekend

help.. plug plants

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:26

darren, where is Tonbridge and Malling where you live? That would give us some idea of the weather there.

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