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Posted: 16/03/2013 at 09:08

I use slow release granules when planting up, once the trusses begin setting, a weekly tomato feed via watering can does the trick. Most important thing with any basket is watering everyday.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 10:02
Steve J wrote (see)

A bit arrogant of me and slightly out of date but this is from 2011 when I really started work on the garden and turned it into what it is becoming instead of the long lawn and not much else!

Very nice, you have any of this year? Curious as to see what else you've done. Love seeing a garden evolve, gives lots of inspiration.


Posted: 15/03/2013 at 08:58

at a guess will be wooly aphids or mealy bugs. Systemic insecticide will sort it out.

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 08:55

Oh, and on the subject of retirement, my father said he's busier now than he's ever been, I guess it's because you are your own boss!

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 08:53

kids and wife packed off, reasonably mild, no rain. Quick tea then crack on. Mother arrives back from Malta this afternoon, means hopefully I can get lots more done, plus she'll be helping sow trays and trays! Have a nice morning.

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:42

I've finished my lines, is it time for the cross-country run now? All this should be water off a ducks back, and if it isn't why not? We're all the faceless multitude, and if we were all the same how boring it would be.

pinching out

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:27

Hi there, if it's in G3 of clematis, cut off every year without fail at knee height 12 -18" to the nearest set of buds. G3 clematis are basically the 'annuals' of clemati, therefore treat them exactly the same, lots of food, and loads of water. I do ask how big is the pot? I'd personally be looking at something 12" square, perhaps bigger. Plenty of drainage, and a good mix of soil and compost, perhaps even some water retaining gel in there too. G3's are thirsty greedy feeders, but give them what they want and boy do they put on a show!

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:16

Happy bday Inka, and to everyone else, thank you for letting me vent Nothing like a good venting to free up your mind! Trouble is, nowt to fill it other than garden things, (mindless clap-trap OH says, til it's on the plate!) think it'll be the off-licence later, highly satisfied with things accomplished. Amazing where a day goes right and you get plenty done, how much better you feel, even the kids seem to be in on it!

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:06

Yes, the Lord K would improve cheese on toast, but really, a splash of worcester sauce before cooking is surely the way forward? No seeds sown, but GH has been made ready, sand in heated bench has been soaked, power been switched on, watch this space. Made 2 raised beds so far, well they just need the last 8 screws in the corners. House is warm, my god, I might even be feeling happiness

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 11:50

boiler fixed hooray! Raised bed construction coming along, day is looking brighter by the minute!

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 14:21

clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 23:07

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 00:17

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Last Post: 17/05/2013 at 10:00

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:53

water those poor souls!

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Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

Back after a long slog

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 14:56

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Last Post: 08/03/2013 at 19:47

Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 10:25
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