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Lost Seed Order!!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:44

I gained - Lemon Grass/Frilly Coriander??/Greek Basil/2 Patio Holders/Basket Tomatoes/Orange Black eyed Susan/Marigolds and she gained my Peas/Runnner Beans/Courgettes/Brussels/Broad Beans - Hope they grow down there!!

Actually I do like T&M online because I normally pick up the Specials and this year made sure that their offer of the 8th packet free meant that that was the expensive seed on my Order - Clever hey?

Talkback: Caterpillars

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:39

Come Brassica Time - Pop a sprig of crushed tansy in the centre of each plant and hey ho no more caterpillars.

Rats in the compost

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:26

We lived next to a pub in the UK and had rats in the compost heap that were traced to there - Had to call the rat man. Then when we had stables we had woodland rats that took a fancy to the Feed Room even though everything kept in dustbins. I have never known rats naturally attracted to compost heaps - Is it near an old outbuilding or piled up corrugated iron sheets or a log pile? I'd hate to put poison down as not only ceasing to be effective nowadays but really dangerous for other animals. I would call the Rat Man - Fire Brigades can be very helpful (sounds daft but they do cover this subject!)

Cucumber Frames

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

Fresh Chillies only 2.99Euros a Kg here so not cost effective I'm afraid especially as I only buy one chilli at a time and it lasts 2 weeks!! How about catch cropping??

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:58

I think that there is a lot of 'off the wall' stuff, particularly on the American Websites. The German & Swiss methods are far more user friendly. The French say that Biodynamics is simply using Organic Methods using Natural Forces which takes one straight to good systematic composting. Care of good worm count and Companion Planting. All of which I think most of us practice anyway. In France vegetables are also planted much closer together so it is essential that the soil is well maintained, the idea is to leave no bare soil at all at any time of the year, and also they favour the 'no digging' system. Just keep topping ground up with compost/lawn mowings/wood ash and matured manure. Put like this it is very sensible and labour saving. One way of looking at the Moon bit, is quite rightly that we know it affects the tides - this backs up the theory that it controls the rise and fall of water levels in the ground at set times. certainly it was uncanny that the dates for sowing /sprouting and dates for transplanting the same plants worked out.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:47

After last note found root trainers in Catalogue plus checked out your link. Seem like a good idea. Yes it is all confusing but I promise that it becomes clearer! It's the planet bit that gets me - I can understand the moon and to an extent the constellations, am still getting my head round when planets get in the way!


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:41

Tempted to try Nemaslug this year - Does anyone know anything about this product or indeed Slug Gone wool pellets?

Lost Seed Order!!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:37

Great joy yesterday when I received my seed order - UNTIL I opened it to find that it was the order for a nice lady in Spain. Phoned T & M who did apologise - Told me to keep the Spanish lady's seeds and they would send me a second batch forming my original Order. Has anyone else had the same problem? Also on another thread which I now can't trace - I did give the Promo Code to T & M but their website said that they did not recognise it. Now adding insult to injury, my cousin has arrived from UK with D T Brown's catalogue that shows the same seeds as T & M CHEAPER!!! Oh dear.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:32

Calling Meadowland2! - How do you upload from Windows?

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:29

I do fork everything over and rake, but the days of 'double digging' and evn to an extent ordinary digging are over I think. Now I mulch far more and use heaps and heaps of lawnmowings mixed with spent compost that I turn with a fork regularly. Works absolute wonders and NO back ache!! Also seems to attract far more worms.

Discussions started by biofreak


Earthing Up? 
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Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 07:08

More Peas?

Can I get another crop in? 
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New Potatoes

When to harvest 
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Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

First Time Grower 
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When are green gooseberries 'ready'? 
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How to Succeed 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 11:52


Slug deterrant? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 18:13

Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 12:28

Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
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Last Post: 10/02/2015 at 11:35

Are Gardening Magazines Overseas related to UK?

Carol Klein & Alan Titchmarsh in France 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:50

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

True or False? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:29

Moving gooseberries

Will sawfly move too? 
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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 07:57

Swiss Chard

New veg to try? 
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Last Post: 18/01/2015 at 15:48

Biodynamic Gardening

Has anyone tried it? 
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Last Post: 24/02/2015 at 14:58
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