BobTheGardener


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Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:18

Too small, Birdy - Gg says it is only 5cm x 3.5cm.  It looks purely decorative to me with no obvious fixings other than what could be a broken soldered joint at the lower left on the back.  I think it's likely a decorative buckle from a shoe or somesuch but I do think it is probably quite old and has been protected from corrosion by the coating which may be real silver.

Edit: I see you've since noticed the size   Good call with the tea strainer handle, or possibly the handle from a tea measuring spoon?

Planting suggestions for new path?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 21:15

How do heucheras do in your garden, LF?  They would give you year-round interest in a range of colours.

Tomato 2014

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:37

As our resident expert Italiophile is always saying, we need to treat tomatoes with 'controlled neglect'.  Over-feeding and over-watering will simply encourage them to produce lots of green growth and little fruit.  The theory behind this is that plants try harder to propagate themselves when conditions are harsh.  In the case of tomatoes, that means producing as much seed as possible which of course means lots of tomatoes.  It does work!

Chrysanthemums

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:07

You could try growing in pots as Charley suggests and then burying the pots in the bed.  When the bad weather comes it would then be relatively easy to lift the pots and store them somewhere more sheltered.  In my experience the wet does more damage than the cold to hardy perennials so your high water table is probably what killed them last year.

Essential Tools

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 20:22

Yes, the business ends of border forks and spades are about two thirds the size of standard ones.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:41

How big is it, Gg?  Are there any signs of where a pin was attached on the back?

I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:37

Yeah, itchy fingers here too - collected some fruit from snowberry bushes on the way to work yesterday morning with the intent of trying to grow them from seed (which I understand is tricky with these - warm then cold stratification needed.)  Today I walked by and the council had hard-pruned all of the bushes so I was lucky.  Shame though as they were in full fruit and looked wonderful, as well as being food for wildlife - that's blummin' councils for you!

Cold frames

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 23:40

Polycarb here too - mine is at least 20 years old.  Much of the wooden frame has been replaced over the years but the top will be good for many more yet.  Sharp sand over membrane inside - for the same reasons as BL!

Early pruning advised?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 23:33

Same here.  Pruning promotes fresh growth and that's something I don't want to do at this stage - I think we are unlikely to get to spring without a good hard frost at some stage.

Essential Tools

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 23:23

Hi Tracey, the two things I use most and would be lost without are my hand trowel and border fork which do 80% of the work in my garden and veg plots.  Next would probably be the spade, secateurs, rake and hoe.  I really recommend using stainless steel tools with wooden handles but have a quite a variety of makes and can't really put one make above another - I just bought the ones that 'felt right' when I handled them in the shop.

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