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Barbara Harrison

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tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:08

I am amazed at what turns up in my compost when I turn it out. Last time there were several knives and a bean shredder!

not easy being wildlife friendly!

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:05

I do try to be considerate to wildlife. In my garden I share my fruit with the birds, plant slug resistant plants, flowers for bees etc but in the allotment ........ it's war!

First there were the foxes and the rabbits. I surrounded the plot with fine wire mesh (not good for hedgehogs). Then came the pigeons. I covered the beds with mesh (not good for beneficial birds). Then there were mice..... and so it goes on.

So, what/who won the war? The slugs and snails of course!

ps. I am still fighting.

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:52

Mmmm........ difficult!

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:36

I grow sungold and love it. I am looking for something bigger.

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:57

I am looking for a reliable cordon tomato to grow in a polytunnel. I would like a largish fruit (not beef) with good flavour. Looking at seed catalogues is not the same as tried and tested by growers so recommendations will be gratefully received. 

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 20:05

It has been a good year for both veg and flowers. At the moment I am splitting congested perennials as the flowers fade but the dahlias are still in full bloom and I have had a second flush of roses. There never seems to be a point when I put the garden to bed and the late flowers make winter seem a long way off. There is still quite a lot of veg left in the allotment although the beans are finished and I always see something that needs doing so unless it snows I will keep going.

Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 18:31

I am pleased that I am not the only one who thinks we gardeners get short measure. In these days of increased awareness of the health value of gardening and fresh fruit and veg you would have thought there would have been an increase in gardening programmes or is it not sexy enough?

scabby potatoes

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 19:23

Thanks all for the help. I did think water may have been a factor but didn't know alkalinity was a factor too.

scabby potatoes

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:25

I have scab on my maincrop potatoes ( maris piper). What causes this? When peeled they are fine and cook well but will they store?

Shrivelling fuchsias

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:50

Oh dear! My fuchsias have also started to go crispy. I have never seen this before and I am desperately hoping it is not fungal as both of my shrubs are 20+ years old and have sentimental value. Is there any treatment and if I find some unaffected stems could I take cuttings?

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Discussions started by Barbara Harrison

not easy being wildlife friendly!

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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 10:08

tomato recommendations

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 20:23

scabby potatoes

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Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 19:23

sacrilege or what?

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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 11:36

disappointing spuds

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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 19:12

tallish pond plant

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Last Post: 24/05/2014 at 12:43

pea supports

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Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 20:37

will my orchid flower again?

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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 11:40

chilli peppers

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Last Post: 19/07/2014 at 20:30


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getting started

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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:03
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