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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:59

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 A nice jug and a pickle jar

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:50

Not a bad crop, considering I couldn't water them for the duration.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:48

Wendy, that view is just lovely

Today's stars in my plot (agapanthus not quite out yet) are;

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 Heuchera 'Pinot Gris' I love this plant, the leaves are so subtle

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 3 perfect cucumbers and they are delicious

Celery blanching

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:44

Last year's crop, I was still harvesting into the new year! I tend to just pull up a plant when I want celery soup

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:40

I have now emptied the potato bag and had a crop of Charlotte spuds. I took some photos of the nest;

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 The whitish area at 10.00 is the ghostly remains of a tea bag, the misty area in the middle is hair from the Jack Russell's coat, in the spring I put the hair in a flower pot lying on it's side with a bit of hair; dog's and mine, poking through the hole in the base for the birds to use.

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 The underside is old leaves, whether they gathered there naturally, or the Robins brought them there I don't know.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:33

I agree, in the US they have a constant battle with the mossy that spreads Dengue fever, luckily it only moves North about 100 yards a week I think. I believe that there and in parts of Africa they use a spray that changes the surface of the water. It stops them from reproducing.

Here in the Fens, historically, there was a form of malaria and the Fen people grew Opium Poppies to combat the disease.

Celery blanching

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:05

I thought that most grow your own celery was 'self blanching' in some mysterious way. Have grown it for three years and it is always quite green, the flavour of home grown is very strong, I tend to use it for soups, but always pass it through a vegetable mill after blending, to get rid of the stringiness.

If you want it blanched, you could try taping across the hole on a large flower pot and up-ending that onto a plant. Hope this helps

Hand shears

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:00

holyhock...

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:00

I tend to leave mine for a while, so I can gather seeds. I cut them down when they start to look really awful Someone may come up with a better idea though.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:54

I think lids are the way to go greg

Discussions started by artjak

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Cuttings

Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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