Latest posts by biofreak

Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:31

So glad Monty is back - He is so as we say in France 'Sympa' (Has a lovely atmosphere around him) - Just hope they come up with some Biodynamic Gardening Features - Nobody seems to touch this subject.

Used Tea Bags

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:28

Used Tea and Coffee Bags are great slug deterrants. I pop them around the lettuce in pots, but keep them damp. Talking cats (which I know you weren't!) they hate the smell of wet tea bags.

Half of Lavender Dying

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:24

Sorry - Cut your losses and throw it out. Lavender is so cheap and easy to take cuttings from the other plant.

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:21

Yes. But they can get a bit straggly, so prune them hard and fleece them well. Also, it's quite nice to bring in new stock to ring the changes. I find that they root anywhere anytime, especially in our gravel carpark - Am I just lucky?

pancake day

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:17

Anyone got a full proof recipe - Husband refuses to eat mine, and even the dog says 'no'! - My problem is sticking to the pan. Omelletes turn out brilliantly, and Yorkshire Pud but Pancakes - catastrophe!!!

Garden Mint

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:15

Split the plant up now and cut the roots back, then replant in a number of seperate pots. At this time of year the shock will cause a spurt of growth and hey presto Minted Potatoes and Pimms in 3 weeks!!! Works well for me.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 11:05

Bought white onion sets 'Silver Moon' yesterday which I use for 'Spring Onions' - Gales made sure I could not get near plot, so will have to wait for next planting date. Boots the Bengal blown out of greenhouse when cover came off again - One very angry cat!!! - Yes Douce Provence did take well last year - but I waited until Easter to sow them. Not at all happy about red lead -don't want to poison anyone!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:54

Both ideas brilliant - Thank you. Will give it a go on Pea and Bean Day!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:09

Hi - yes I always tuck up the Broad Beans, otherwise they get 'wind rock' I find that the cushioning of the dry dead leaves and then the compost works well, whereas if you compost then add the leaves, stem rot can happen. - I also give them a good talking too, threatening terrible things if they try and die (Don't let them know that I am going to eat them anyway!) - Just in passing, does anyone have some trade secrets about sowing peas without losing most of them so early in the year - Even without the dreaded voles - I just don't get a decent number sprouting. Boots the Bengal already bringing in mice (1 for him and 1 for his pal - sometimes both in his mouth at the same time! - I just wish that he woud remember to kill them first, fed up with hearing scampering under the bed and finding severed heads in the morning!)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 10:20

Must get new greenhouse cover - blown off again! Japanese onions doing really well in cucumber frame. Broad Beans chirping up now that I have tucked dead leaves and compost around them up to the 3rd leaves (so about 23 centimetres tall now) Brussel sprouts asked me not to pull them up as they will have brussels on their stems soon!! About the size of peas at the moment!! -Warmer today but chilly wind . Cannot get onto veg patch even if I wanted to just too soggy. Luckily alot of it still planted up with Winter Salads/Celery & Beetroot and seems happy. Fig lost its fleece whilst I was away last week, but no harm done. Fleece now perched on top of poplar tree about 30ft up - I'm not going up there!

Discussions started by biofreak

Bio Dynamic Gardening

Are there any Bio D Gardeners out there? 
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Gooseberry Sawfly

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Earthing Up? 
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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

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When are green gooseberries 'ready'? 
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How to Succeed 
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Slug deterrant? 
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Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
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Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
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How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
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Are Gardening Magazines Overseas related to UK?

Carol Klein & Alan Titchmarsh in France 
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Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

True or False? 
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Moving gooseberries

Will sawfly move too? 
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