big ed

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The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:17

Hi Fat Tony,

Well time has passed!.....How did you progress with mothers garden and for that matter your sylph like figure?  kindest regards.

cat problems

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:10

No need to offend cat lovers or haters.........To kindly keep cats away just plant a Shoe Tree!

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 09:16

Just seen push pull heart shaped narrow hoes in tkmax great value well made have bought one and added longer handle works well.........odd that non specialist store should have the answer!!!

Can anyone identify this plant please ?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 09:32

Yes, your so right landgirl common names do lead to oddities, trouble is the authorities themselves over the years have interfered with the common sense of sticking to one straight road for identification ....God knows what it would cost today to correct even my modest library! I often simply go to Wikipedia where strangely, for a non specialist tomb, little clues raise their heads to tie together common or fanciful names to some of the "correct" formal identities.....shame it's come to this.....I was once given a "Shoe Tree" but despite careful searching, planting, grafting and "t budding" nothing came of it. Seems you enjoy the same scepticism and dry humour as do I. Kindest regards.

watering carrots that are growing in pipes

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 10:50


Keep in mind the fact that you are trying to grow the longest of a root crop.

By their nature they reach down deep into the soil to gain water and nutrients if you make life easy for them by fertilising and watering close to the surface they will not bother to take the journey and will simply stay where life is comfortable!

My own garden has been fed to the extreme in the past leaving the soil jammed with nutrients which at first sounds like heaven for a gardener but there is a downside if root crops are planted they don't bother to create tap roots!

One crop of parsnips I attempted to grow were huge with leaves waist high and three feet across!!...but when I dug them up the roots were a vast network of fine threads just below the surface like buried candyfloss!!!!

I hope this helps I wish you well let's know how you get on.

Can anyone identify this plant please ?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 10:26

Hy Jean

Did you ever identify the plant and has it survived?

Kindest Regards

Can anyone identify this plant please ?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 10:08

Ikea Annonamusa from the genius Lostuslabuluos

Sorry can't put more specific name on it though I've searched my limited library but myself would treat it as one would a "Rubber Plant" and see if later flower is more easily identified. I wouldn't put it outside save in the most clement of weather! Did you ask the Ikea Gardening experts direct? kindest Regards.


Growing potatoes in bags - Advice.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:33

Cats reputedly dislike citronella.So as there are various products on the market why not introduce some as an experiment in cat repellent to the mouths of your grow bags? Logically there can be no harm in putting citrus fruit peal,perhaps chopped up,as a mulch,will cost nothing to try!...Please let me know how you get on 

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 14:45

How about finding a hoe preferably old, that suits your requirements but is too wide...then find a friendly chap or lady with a grinder and have it cut in size to please!

Tasty Tips

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 14:25

Some kind interest has been  shown on something I mentioned elsewhere.So I wonder if others share my interest  in the simple uses of everyday garden products that don,t usually appear in more formal commercial diatribes. I said that I am in the habit of leaving some of my leaks to run to flower not only for the sheer beauty of the blossom in the veg garden but for the sake of taking a full head or three for a vase in the kitchen.There to pinch out a few petals to sprinkle onto a salad or into a sandwich.The difference this makes to an otherwise plane cheese sandwich is delicious.Have you a simple similar tip for the likes of me, too busy in the garden to achieve or study more esoteric foodie cookery but very happy to indulge in swift culinary delights?  

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