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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:01

Planted about 40 cloves of garlic today and prepared containers for about the same number of strawberries which are going in tomorrow.  Dead-headed dahlias again - looks like they'll still be going at C*******s if this weather continues!  Picked a bucketful of Cox's Orange Pippin which are stunningly crisp, juicy & delicious this year.

confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:49

Me too nut.  I've also left the tomato plants in the greenhouse until they completely rotted for the last two or three years, failed to clean it and still have disease free tomatoes in there right now, some of which are still flowering! 

Goji Berries

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:57

Dipadee, they take a minimum of 2 years to fruit.  Mine are planted in the ground after spending the first year in pots and are now 3yo and only produced their first flowers this year, but rather late in the season so no fruit has set.  They do tend to grow long whippy shoots and you can cut those back by half in the summer according to the RHS - more here:

All I'll say is they get one more year in my garden and if they don't pull their socks up they will be consigned to the compost heap!


Help needed!

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:41

Exactly Jo, that's why this need fixing at the GW end.

Parsnips in France

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:39

I'm glad I'm not a farmer - this sort of thing makes me fume!:


Help needed!

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 18:54

It's definitely file size - anything under 1MB will work, no matter what dimensions it has.  If your photo editing program allows you to change the jpeg compression, do that rather than resize.  As a rough guide, I have no problems posting 3000x2000 pixel photos with a jpeg compression factor of 70 (where 100 is least compressed.)  Some editors use a factor of 1 (least compressed) to 12 (most compressed) just to confuse things, so you'll need to experiment to find what factor works on your photos and keeps file size under 1MB.

Hopefully, the new site will take care of all of this sort of thing for us.

Conf Pear Tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 21:54

It's a fungal infection called Pear Rust.  The first thing you see is orange spots and if you pick off affected leaves as soon as you see them it is easy to control.  Because the fungus requires two host species (pear and juniper), it helps if you remove any junipers you may have in your garden.  More on the RHS site:


Which Green Manures

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:36

I've tried them but it was just too much faffing about for me and require a lot of extra digging so I now mostly use 'no dig' methods but I do make a lot of compost so always have that available as a surface mulch for the worms to work in.

Successional Planting - Follow On Crops

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:28

I always follow 1st early potatoes with leeks which last until about the end of February the next year.  If you want to try that, sow the leeks in early spring in trays or a nursery bed and transplant when you lift the spuds.

tomatoes plants

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:21

They are annuals when grown in the UK and similar climates, so chop them up and compost them or put in the green waste bin if you don't have a compost heap.  Tomatoes are easy to grow from seed if you have a greenhouse or even on a windowsill which gets plenty of light - you can always buy plants if that doesn't work for you.

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