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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:40

Anything is possible Bob tG, but even when I buy well grown plants from anywhere and keep them in a good place, they just look around and die!  I think it is just a case of the basil curse - I tend to be mean with watering most things, but if they are very keen on dryness then maybe - I expect I shall kill a few more next year, and maybe one year I'll have a surprise and one will live and well get to eat it. 

Shooting wildlife for fun

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:35

We had an episode of this a few years ago - once they were spoken to by the law it stopped thank goodness - I early don't think it occurred to them to wonder where the pellets went!  Hope you have good results too. 

Crocus Ard Schenk bulbs already sprouting - can I still plant them?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:30

Yes, go for it, but watch out for squirrels if you have them in your area - ours just love crocus bulbs - well nearly any bulbs really, but especially crocus.  Lots of pyracantha and holly trimmings deters them somewhat. 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:28

My friend who lives about three miles away from me, has these as an invasive weed  for may years - she has given me dozens of bagsfuls, and I have just about got them to take!  Who knows the reason why they will run in one garden and ignore anther - bit like lily of the valley for that. 

Indoor Plant

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:26

There is a good reason why people joke about aspidistras living forever in a dark corner, they will survive no end of neglect and cold.  Mind, they do a great deal better with a bit of TLC instead!

Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:24

Please do tell if you are successful, it would be pretty impressive and we'd love to know. 

Mystery Plant arrived in my garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:23

Birds are the usual suspects when plants like that arrive uninvited.  It can be a good thing though, my snowdrops have spread to all sorts of places I would not have put them thanks to birds eating the seeds.  We have a road information sign outside our driveway, and there is now a lovely big patch of snowdrops under there where the birds sit and digest supper!!

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:20

I just wish I could grow basil at all!  My friends have given me so many plants over the years, besides the seeds I have tried to grow for myself, but basil takes one look at me and dies!  

Pot size advice please

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:19

That looks very good, so presuming your trees are on dwarfing root stock they should do well.  Are you going to train them into a fan or some such?   As they are still very young you may want to think abut some winter protection for this year - maybe wrap the pots in paper and hessian or something like that.  You don't want the baby roots to freeze in their first winter.  A good mulch on top of the compost will help too, besides keeping the roots warm and stopping some of the weeds germinating - or at least making them easier to pull out if they do get in there. 

Spring has come early

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 13:16

This happens every year, but they will stop when it gets colder and darker and flower at the right time - not the paperwhites though, they are bred specifically for forcing and that's what they will do, flower once and die - you don't get anything coming back if you plant them out, unlike forced hyacinths which will flower again in a year or two. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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