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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:46

Indeed, yummy - oh for a few scorching hot days for them and us to enjoy!

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:58

Pineapple sage is more tender than the lemon verbena, the latter stays out all year but when I forgot the salvia it just died in the winter. Since then I have overwintered its replacement in a cool greenhouse and it has been fine - so far. 

Will security lightning / street lighting upset my vegetable plot?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:56

Sadly they never have been by either the security light, which the foxes put on often, nor the street lights - they only disturb me!

planting out runner beans and courgettes

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:54

It's such a funny year so far, but I think we have to get on with it if there is to be chance of getting crops - so like KEF I put all mine out over the weekend.  Maybe keep a bit of horticultural fleece or old net curtain to hand in case a chilly night is suggested, then you can nip out and cover them overnight if you think it necessary?  

olive 'tree'

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:52

Good advice Allan, but Elaine was asking about olives not figs.  

I have had a small olive tree in a pot for about 10 years, it lives outdoors next to the kitchen wall and sort of continues - though never really brialliantly.  i've never seen it exhibit the leaf change you describe, nor have I seen this when in southern Spain, where olives are grown by the tens of millions.  I wonder if the new leaves are coming from the base?  Is it a grafted tree and you are seeing suckers?  Leaves can go very odd on trees for reasons, but this is indeed interesting.  It is of course possible that it has cheered up as you have put it outside, maybe it now gets more water and food?  

sweet pea - are mine annual or perennial?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:03

Hear, hear!!


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:25

We've been hatting about this on another thread recently - it seems to work for some people, but not here - tried just about everything to protect my hosta pots, all 65+ of them, found that really only copper rings work. 

kitchen spam-don't answer it!

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:23

don't worry, we all know about them, but thank you for the kindly waning.


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:22

My good friends have 4 chickens, in a coop, allowed out under supervision when they are home.  If they were to leave them out all the time they'd probably have no planting  left   and the local foxes - of which there are many -  would have big grins on their faces.  Many people do  have chickens and gardens, I'd love some but our by laws do not permit.  i have noticed from my friends that they are more work that you might think, but probably you know that already.  Cluck cluck. 

Re-planted Sunflowers - Leaves wilting, generally not as expected

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:19

Not sure about that as a cause and effect BBE, children often do things we can't because they don't know they can't!!!   I'm sure they will do well and be gorgeous.  I'm very fond of the terracotta and orangey ones - 'Velvet Queen' I think they are called, but we have too much in the way of strong winds for such tall flowers here.

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out of season plants

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