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Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:49

Salino, I use IE11 and have no problem - must be because I use the Easylist tracking protection list add-on and Fanboy's adblock TPL.  If you want to see if that fixes it for you, try here and click on "Add" next to it.  You can easily remove TPLs using "Manage Add-ons" in IE's tools.



Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:35

Dove wrote: "Once you get it clear regular use of a Dutch hoe in the growing season prevents weeds from getting established. "

(Quotes not working )

Yep, or do what I do and plant so many things that you can't see the soil which makes it hard for weeds and grass to get established.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:28

Yep, the thought of a few cans and bottles had indeed crossed my mind Buddyboy!

flowers to fruit

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:46

We really need Jennie to tell us the variety as they vary so much (due to the way they've been bred.)  There's not a universal answer unfortunately.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:16

Nice one, nut.  I've now been banned from using the fridge for gardening purposes (keep forgetting to wash my mitts!) but have an idea..  I'll tell OH we need a new one and can then stick the old one in the garage.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:12

I'm the same, nut.  For many years, absolutely everything in my garden was grown from seed - it's only the last few years I've started buying in shrubs and hardy perennials, and mainly only those cultivars which aren't available from seed.  The acers I've grown from seed are still alive, whereas all of the ones I've planted have eventually succumbed to Honey Fungus, so it does seem you end up with stronger plants.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:04

I agree with Ladybird and always sow 'tricky' seeds in pots rather than trays and cover the surface with fine grit.  That way you can leave them for a year or two without too many weed seeds blowing in and germinating, and they are easier to move around than trays or modules when you need the space.  I sowed some Dierama (Slieve Donard) in February and only noticed last week that they had finally surfaced.  No sign of the Jap. acers sown last September but I'll give those another year - I think they needed a colder stratification period than we had last Winter - 2 days of frost doesn't really count!


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:48

That link I gave seems to be taking you to clearing cookies, which isn't really the same thing.  Google "wiki clear browser cache" will take you to the right page - it'll be the first hit, right at the top.

flowers to fruit

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 13:00

Because they've been bred that way.   Why don't seedless grapes all fall off?  Same answer.  Not helping, am I?!


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 12:56

No issues here, but bumping anyway.  For anyone suffering then it might be worth clearing your web browser cache:'s-Cache


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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DIY heated propagator

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