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Posted: 02/11/2016 at 17:37

They can be bitter sometimes if picked as green nuts before they ripen or so I've been told.

We had a good crop but the squirrels scoffed the lot long before they ripened, I may have a go at picking them green next year 🙂

Curious - what do you think?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 08:40

If you live in a city, having a roof terrace garden is a luxury. Just because it's (presumably) small and not a typical one does not mean it can't be a garden. 

Making a small balcony or roof terrace into a garden requires imagination so yes of course you can still be involved in the profession.

Also circumstances can dictate, even if successful I doubt that garden design pays enough to have a garden in many parts of London. 

Greenhouse and cold frame?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:53

Thanks for the replies, will have a think where I can squeeze one in.

Barrel pond

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 08:56

If you don't want a pile of bricks giving access then you coulduse some pots of different heights they wil work just as well and also give you more planting space to attract birds, insects etc

Greenhouse and cold frame?

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 08:52


I am excitedly waiting for my new greenhouse to arrive and keeping busy planning how to best use the space around it.

Am wondering whether to allocte some space for a cold frame but wondering how useful it will really be? My GH will be unheated so I guess I can use it for a lot of what might go in a coldframe for overwintering, so will a coldframe simply give me more room or does it offer something else?

thanks C

Higgledy ....seed company

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 09:00

Hi Bright star, have just been looking at their site and it does say that you can pay by credit card. Haven't done an order yet but assume the Paypal button takes you through her to either option.


Higgledy ....seed company

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 08:55

Hortico - is your comment based on experience of using Higgledy or more to do with paypal?

Artificial grass HELP!!!

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 16:53

Probably not what you want to hear but I agree with Obelix. Whether it's artificial or real grass the surface should have been levelled before its laid And if the base needed to settle then the grass should have been laid once the settling had happened so that any remaining bumps or dips ( where it had settled more than expected) could be dealt with.

Apple tree

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 08:38

Try the Brogdale Trust as I believe they will I'd apples for you. ive bookmarked the site to revisit when our apples are finally ripe, we would also like to ID the two trees we have inherited in our new garden.

i have had a quick look and they have a multiple choice filter to help you try and I'd your apple but have been told you can send in samples for them to ID as well.

hidcote lavender

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:57

Cut it back when it's finished flowering or you can leave it until spring, either is ok. Some gardeners do it after flowering and again in spring to get really neat plants but given the age of yours I would just do one cut. They do get more woody with age.

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Welcome advice on bletting and recipe ideas 
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Another Plant ID please

Name this rose 
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Plant ID

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Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Two questions 
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Phlox ID

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Are they any good?

Compost aerators 
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Tree ID please

Young tree 
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Is it worth the risk?

Disentangling rambling rose and honeysuckle  
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Moving Viburnum opulus

Advice on timing and cutting back 
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Greenhouse base question

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Garlic rust and tulips?

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Storing seed and poor germination

Could this be the cause 
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