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Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:11

I have memories of my grandmother collecting the poppies and hanging them upside down in the conservatory (don't know whether the heat helped or just provided her with a suitable spot out the way of small hands) with their heads in a paper bag to collect the seeds (just remember to label them!). I did this last year and ended up with an envelope full which I hope to use next year - once the seeds had fallen out of the heads I then left them on a tray in the windowsill for a few days just to ensure they were dry. This might not be necessary.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:21

Have a safe day everyone xx


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 15:54

"A couple in their 50s had to be rescued from a dense rhododendron forest after they became trapped in a "treacherous area" on an Irish mountainside.

The five-hour rescue operation took place in the Knockmealdowns Mountains, which straddle the border between County Waterford and County Tipperary...."

suitable lawnmower for lady gardener

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 15:53

What size lawns is she planning on mowing? Are they on slopes? Or excessively uneven? If they are only small (flat) gardens does she really need it to be powered or is she strong enough to use a push one? (Push one will be lighter as it wont have all the gearing).

One assumes she will require a petrol machine as I can't see customers being best pleased at having to plug her in.

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:20
Hopefully this winter we will have a very cold spell with plenty of frosts to kill a few things off (hopefully more bugs than plants) to "balance out" nature verses successful vegetable plots.

Confetti from Rose petals

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 11:21

Could you put them in the oven after cooking and use the residual temperature to dry them up quickly?

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 11:15

OL - I've seen some really easy looking net frames made with a hula-hoop cut in half and sunk into the ground so the bushes weren't getting tangled in the netting. Just thought I'd share that while I remembered.

I've learnt that having a bad back & fatigue issues is really not ideal when it comes to laying out a garden for a major redesign when your partner isn't interested enough to really help. What should have taken me an afternoon is taking me two weeks as I just can't move the huge amount of soil we need shifting from one side to the other. Next year I need to be more organised and plan things to factor in this extra delay.

I've learnt that its really important not just to write things down but to REMEMBER WHERE YOU WROTE THEM! I've had to rely on my Instragram account to work out planting / germination dates far too often! I did start my blog but when I was unwell I just didn't have the energy to update it and so now I'm all lost as to when things got planted.

Divided my chives

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:51

Free is my favourite price. I hope they do well! I hadn't thought of dividing my chive to use as companion plants - I'll have to remember this for next year when I'm ready.

The Gardeners To Do List suggests taking lavender cuttings this week which I'm trying to muster the bravery to do.


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:23
KEF wrote (see)

Hi all

Chicky what a lovely area you've created.

Clari, grand looking spuds and even better in the pan, I could just eat them, but it's toast for me. I grew mine in bags of MPC with organic potato feed added, no probs with compost baking but needed plenty of water.

How are you toms going?  I've got a lot of small ones on Dave. GH ones not as many but plenty of flowers.

I've got several tomatoes on the Roma but non on the Daves yet. Hoping they'll get a wiggle on and produce a few more flowers. I weaned them off and brought them outside when we had that lovely weather to maximise bee to flower interaction but am starting to think they might need to go back inside again!

rebecca hughes wrote (see)
Wow they look great, what variety are they?

I think they're Charlotte but I've lost the label so need to have a dig around and find where I wrote it down!

Rebecca re the beautiful gardens. I currently have a large mound of earth resembling road works / archaeological dig that will one day be the vegetable plot, a muddy area inspired by RHS award winning "dredging d' flood plains 2014" which is to be the chicken area once we've levelled it, the pond is trying to mimic the botanical gardens "bottom of the to do list", an area at the bottom of the garden which is growing 1 ton bags of sand in a "project miscaulated-is" Pompeii tribute.

Today's Successes

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 09:57


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