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Future Time Team

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:40

When I was 10, we lived for a short while in Surrey. My father taught me how to use oil paints, gave me a canvas, improvised an easel and told me to go off and paint something. Hours later I returned from the building site in the woods near by, covered in paint and very pleased that I had found this dear little house to paint; it was an old fashioned Port-a-loo.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:29

Mrs G, love the sunglasses on the tree as well as the rope railing

 Annual Lavatera from seed that I collected last year.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:21

Nut and I went to a garden in Peterborough today. It was a real lesson in what can be done with a smallish suburban garden. I think it was about 28m long and 8 or 9m wide.

 Apart from some lovely planting and a large circular lawn, they had so many seating areas. This is the main table on the terrace.

 An arbour with a grapevine and rustic bench.

 A table and chairs in front of a weeping willow.

 A sunken area with ferns.

 A curious cucumber

 An artisan crafted fire basket.

 They still managed to create a spacious feel.

 ....and had a great selection of cakes

Flower power

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:45

If you can remember the 60's, you couldn't have been there


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:43

When the seed heads are really dry, you could harvest the seeds.

How to grow spinach

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:39

Winter Giant for the Winter. Spinach does seem to need watering a lot to avoid bolting. I got some seedlings that I think were called Picasso last year; best spinach ever, for early summer planting. All the best spinach I have grown has been sown in March/April/May, perhaps because the temperature/moisture is best then.

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:28

All the Gods; they have a lot to answer for.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:27

You don't really need to add dirt (earth?) to a compost bin, just a 50/50 mix of greens and browns, i.e. fresh green stuff and dry stuff like paper and cardboard/ straw/hay/ animal bedding, but NOT the poo from animals like cats and dogs in a home composter.

Today, was doing a Master Composter event at the Green Centre at Swaffham in Norfolk and met some volunteers from the Thetford Arboretum who have discovered a way to compost dog poo in Bio-degradable bags in a specially adapted bin. Will do some research on this and report back

Water Butt Smelling Stagnant

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:01

link doesn't work anyway! Ha...the Forum's Revenge on Spamsters

plant pots

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:59

For the Flooded Gardens appeal, I just went to the local (non-chain) nursery and asked them; they re-cycle normally as it is not worth their while to sterilise for re-use, so they gave me whatever I wanted. But I did ask them nicely

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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