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Barbara Harrison

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What is your most favourite garden that you visited?

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:39

I love Helmsley too but I think my all time favourite has to be Great Dixter. It was a long trip but well worth it.

Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:35

I find that in order to have sprouts for Christmas the plants need to be in the ground by the middle of April. I grow Evesham in heavy clay with a dressing of lime before planting and they seem to do well. I grow them in a cage to protect against caterpillar attack but this means some slug and snail damage as the birds can't get in. Can't win 'em all!

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 19:25

For me it is the smell of my uncle's shed. It was a lovely mix of grass mowings, soil and oil. We didn't have a garden when I was a child so these smells were evocative of summers spent in his garden with my cousins. Sometimes that same smell is in our garage taking me back to my childhood.

Longest lived plant

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 19:07

I have a fuschia in the garden that is around 35 yrs old. Does that qualify?

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:36

I love most things about gardening but at this time of year I enjoy cleaning up the raised beds in my allotment. As I prepare for next year, ideas for new projects come to mind ensuring that the year isn't ending but continuing.

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 20:13

I also think it would be better starting again in spring. If you plant them in the garden they  would be unlikely to survive especially if the slugs and snails get to them.

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.

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not easy being wildlife friendly!

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tomato recommendations

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scabby potatoes

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sacrilege or what?

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disappointing spuds

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tallish pond plant

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pea supports

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will my orchid flower again?

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chilli peppers

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getting started

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