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Talkback: Christmas chilli

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:10
I think you could make a great cranberry and chilli relish/sauce. Or simply add Mexican-style spices to your roasties. Turkey originates from the Americas, after all. I wonder if a chilli chocolate sauce would work with ice cream - or even Xmas pud?

At Wisley I saw they had chillies hung up as decorations. You could mix them with the mistletoe for some hot smooching!

Talkback: Chickweed

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 07:57
You can also cook chickweed like a spinach leaf when young - it can get fibrous when older - and it works well added to a curry. Hand weeding is an endless task, but removing the bulk with a hoe lasts for a while. I keep a plastic compost bin with a sheet of plastic below it specifically for pernicious weeds. Don't know when or if I'll dare to use any compost from it, but they reduce down and are at least contained. A thick layer of grass cuttings helps to blanket out light and air. So far no escaping nettles, bindweed, ground elder, dandelions... The one plant I don't put in there is horsetail. It goes in the bin.

Talkback: Impatiens downy mildew

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:28
I had just submitted suggestions for an area of damp shade, when I spotted the advice on the GW newsletter to: Read Pippa Greenwood's bog. Good idea.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:18

My front garden is north facing, although not deep shade, and pretty moist most of the time.  I have put chaenomeles (Japanese quince) in, and it seems pretty happy.  I am also interested in trying a Japanese-style moss garden, maybe with sculptural elements of mossy rocks. 

Securing Greenhouse Base to Paving Stone Base

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 16:26

My mother had a geodesic dome greenhouse in the 1980s in Edinburgh, and said it was much better in the wind.  I have no idea how easy it would be to buy one now, and doesn't answer the question of fixing it down, but it might be one possibility for people in very exposed locations.  I am currently trying to work out the best base for my new greenhouse, and am veering towards a circumference of paving slabs on a bed of sharp sand.

New Home -Blank plot

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:58

Another thing to think about is building a greenhouse/potting shed/work area, if you are going to be active gardeners.  What is the best place for a compost bin?  How will you store your tools?  You will get more pleasure if it is ergodynamic as well as attractive.  Keep your access routes as simple as possible, as it will stop you getting out the spade if it's always behind the wheelbarrow, for example.  For veg, laying a seep hose would be easier at the start of the process, too.


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Talkback: Impatiens downy mildew

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