Latest posts by bigolob

tomato Gardener's Delight

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 19:10

I have grown them for years and this year found them, with the excellent summer, to be as good as any other year except for this autumn (Oct. 10th to 20th) when they have been very soft, watery and hard skinned. I assume this is due to the still warm weather (60F in GH in Cheshire). Flavour from June to September, superb as usual and will grow the usual 2-3 plants again.

What is it? (Before I chop it down!)

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 12:06

It IS Cornus (Dogwood). Follow the advice to cut it down to a few inches in late Match so that you enjoy the colour of the stems for a long time.

Lawn Specification

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 13:03

Fidgetbones is correct. Grass along side a pool could to very dangerous as the grass obviously will be wet and serious injury can occur due to slipping and hitting your head on the side of the pool, etc.

Take the word of a retired Medic, I have seen all these silly ideas before! Go for the artificial grass.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 12:36

Try dynamite!! Seriously though, I have found that there are 2 types (and perhaps even more). There is the `clump` forming bamboo and the `spreading` bamboo. It is the second which is the problem. It can spread over large areas and as Verdun says, it is very difficult to get rid of. Use whatever weedkiller you can lay your hands on after digging out as much as possible.

The clump forming variety just needs all the roots digging out as it will not spread.

IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 11:48

Instead of playing golf 5 times per week I could play 7 times!! At a pinch, I could return to Medicine, although I feel 44 years was enough.

Geranium Cuttings

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 17:26

The original idea was that when we all used clay pots air and water could permeate the side of the pot reducing waterlogging and as Dove says, enabled air to stimulate root growth.

With plastic pots it does not matter as neither water or air will pass through the pot side.

Where did it go to?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 11:32

Also here in Cheshire, yesterday and before was just an extension of summer. Temperature 65 degrees F and the garden still looking fabulous. However, today (Oct 9th) temperature 53 degrees F and a cold westerly blowing and feels like `Here comes winter!!`

Rowan shedding leaves

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:23

`tis autumn me` dear and the Rowan (Mountain Ash) is deciduous - it looses its leaves ready for winter. The berries will remain for some time yet. Worry not, all will come back in spring

Lemon Tree

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:19

Years ago I grew Orange and Lemon trees in a 18x10 foot heated GH with a variety of Tropical plants. Every year when ready to be brought inside for winter, the leaves of the Citrus were covered in brown powdery areas and sometimes small caterpillars were seen. I sprayed the plants with White and Green Fly killer and removed those leaves with the `beasties` on them. Within a few weeks all the problems had gone and the plants recovered quickly.

Where did it go to?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:09

One last thought - in 1660 Samuel Peeps wrote that in the February of that year, he was able to walk around London "Without a top coat". 200 years later in Dickens time, the Thames froze deep enough so that people could skate on it. I agree with you all, Global Warming, Rubbish!!

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