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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.

Plant ID please

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:54

If not loosestrife, could it be one of the veronicas eg longifolia or spicata?

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 21:41

Hi ffb, just found the delivery note - I got them from Mr Fothergills (who happen to have a special offer on them at the moment )

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 21:12

I'll check my email archives tomorrow and will let you know!

Bilberries

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:40

Hi ffb, I have two bilberry bushes which I bought at about this time last year.  They have grown well in large containers of ericaceous compost (important that they have acid soil) so I'm hoping they will bear fruit this year but I do know they don't produce much of a crop compared to blueberries (to which they are related.)  I actually got them to add to my collection of 'unusual' soft fruit bushes.  Unfortunately I can't remember where I got them from at the moment!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 22:29

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 487
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
Replies: 13    Views: 562
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 4326
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
Replies: 31    Views: 1741
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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