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Latest posts by Calendula

Talkback: How to clean bird feeders

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 10:42

I'm with Jag - you are all bonkers! Leave them out in the rain empty for a few days if it bothers you that much. If life is too short to stuff a mushroom (according to Shirley Conran) it's far too short to faff about cleaning bird feeders.

Garden Hoses

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 13:41

You can buy storage wheels which have a handle and make it easy to wind the hose up. Mine has a short length of hose with the tap connector on it, plugged into the wheel 'hub' which then has another connector onto which you plug the hose itself. Easier to use when the hose is warm and therefore pliable, but it does store it neatly and without kinks

where can I get a plant trolley

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:11

Why not wait until you get there and buy one? You will be spoilt for choice.

Securing Greenhouse Base to Paving Stone Base

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 13:17

I ask why you need to secure it at all? I have a similar-sized greenhouse on a concrete base and I have never bothered to secure it. It's never moved as far as I'm aware.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 13:13

Why don't you just let them set seed and then pull out the ones you don't want?. Re surviving and growing in the compost - yes, very likely. But, again, you can aleays pull out the ones you don't want

Tomatoes And Herbs

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 13:05

I only ever use multipurpose compost for my tomatoes and they do fine. I mix it with garden soil but that's more for warter retention that nutrition. As long as they are fed and watered regularly they won't mind. As for the herbs - it depends which ones. Things like rosemary and tarragon prefer poor soil.

Suggestions for a bit of privacy...

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:49

But wouldn't anything planted there shade the garden behind it and so prevent you enjoying the evening sun? For me the warmth and sun would trump any need for privacy. A cheery "good evening!" should prevent the starers.

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 16:49

But flowers drop petals and require deadheading. Leaves need sweeping up. Trees need support and pruning. Real soil leads to <shudder> real weeds and real pests and diseases. We can't be doing with all that WORK in our outdoor rooms can we, when all we want to do is open the Bolly and show them off to our neighbours?

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 17:25

Sorry if this has been mentioned before but I'm new to the site. Would it be possible to have a list of all the forum topics on each of the forum home pages? It's a bit irritating to have finished looking at, say, the fruit and veg forum but then have to go back up to the highest level and click again on 'forums' to go into, say, the garden design forum.

Or have i missed a link that allows me to go from forum to forum without going right back to the top?

Should I be hand pollinating my fruit trees?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 17:17

I don't know about cherries but apples don't self-pollinate. In other words, you need pollen from one tree to fertilise the other, so it's good that both are flowering at the same time. I wouldn't worry - as soon as there is a hint of warmth the bees will appear. In my garden there were none apparent all last week and as soon as we had a few hours sunshine at the weekend there were loads around. Mind you, my OH has filled our garden with bee nests so they don't have far to go to find the pollen.

Discussions started by Calendula

ID please

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Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

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Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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