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Posted: 18/07/2013 at 14:16

Do other gardeners remember us all being told during those many months of persistent rain, that we would have a great problem with slugs this year. Strangely, I have never had less trouble from them. No sign of them on the strawberries,or any freshly planted young plants, such as runner beans and brassicas. I know it it hot, but surprised not to see any.

Capillary Matting.

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 17:21

Has anyone had any experience of using capillary matting? I have recently started using it, so as to reduce the effort of regular watering of containers. Does it make any difference whether the end which is in water should be above the level of the plant container, or doesn't it make any difference?


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 15:25

Most grateful for all the replys. I grow lots of carrots in boxes, including polystyrene boxes, particularly successful. My thoughts were regarding a late row in open ground for winter use. So I should be free of the fly, if they germinate ok.!


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:38

Does anyone know when it is safe to sow carrots to avoid the root fly?  I believe it to be July Is it safe now?

Runner Beans

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 18:07

Agree with lazy gardener, go steady on the slug pellets, just a few around the plants. By the way, your beans will most likely regrow from the base, that is yet another benefit from runner beans.

Runner Beans.

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:56

It has long been a mystery to me why the majority of gardeners secure the canes at the top. Far better to cross them half way down, as this is so much stronger, and the beans grow more free.

Spring visitors.

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:18

Four swallows seen in Wilts and South Glos. Thrilling!


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 21:13

If only I had some photos to show you all! I have been watching a chaffinch collecting  dog hair, which I had combed from my golden retriever, in order to line her nest. She took so much in her beak that it appeared she had an enormous moustache!

Clematis cuttisngs

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:46

Yes, I too would suggest layering. Also much more success with viticellas in general.


Posted: 22/03/2013 at 17:54

I am puzzled by the regular appearence of four robins on the bird table. This is March, and I would have thought by now they would have become territorial. I was expecting there to be just a pair, hopefully nesting in our garden. What do you all think?

Discussions started by cowslip2

French beans.

crop rotation. 
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Seed sowing.

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Weed killer.

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Precious site.

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Regular contributers.

Every day. 
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Feeding birds.

Fat balls. 
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Bird Feeding.

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Tender Perennial.

Convolvulus Altheoides. 
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Convolvulus Star of Yalta.

Mystery death. 
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Spring soil.

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Sowing dates. 
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