London (change)
Today 33°C / 19°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 18°C

David K


Latest posts by David K

So Annoyed!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:03
1634 Racine wrote (see)

Got home today to find that something (deer?) had been in the garden eating my beloved plants 

Tulips - emerging heads chewed off

Roses - nibbled down to the bone

Hollyhocks - munched to pieces

I am beside myself.  Does anyone have anything positive to say that will get me out of this funk?

 

 

Oh deer!

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 09:04

I do get confused sometimes when hearing 'need to harden them off'....but why soften them in the first place?

Yvie - pleased to hear of your success. I haven't made any kind of price comparison, but I do know that buying quality seed increases your chances growing quality plants and I do know that Eagle SPs are second to none.

Edit: I would just say again, protect those young plants from  these cold winds.....I have never lost them to frost, but I have lost them to cold winds.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 17:19

Hi, Denno.....if you live in the UK and anywhere south Aberdeen, I would suggest they should be their flowering spot by now.

As I keep saying, please offer some protection from these very cold winds. 

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 09:47

Cut my gardening teeth on the wisdom & advice of the likes of Percy Thrower, Arthur Billitt, Geoffrey Smith, Clay Jones and Geoff Hamilton.....to which I will be eternally grateful. 

Seed fertility

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 08:39

I've used Franchi seed for years and would recommend them with confidence.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 22:04

Fierce biting winds here in the Midlands today, sweet peas really don't like this so try to offer some protection if possible.

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:48
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

How do they know they've been potted on?

 

The bottom truss tells em!

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:32

Many years ago my old friend and presenter of Gardeners' World, the late Arthur Billitt gave me this tip. Prior to presenting Gardeners' World he worked as a research aggri chemist for Boots.

He said they had conducted trials on tomatoes and it was found that the size of the bottom truss was influenced by when the seedlings were potted-on. Tomatoes should be potted-on immediately the first pair of seed leaves have straightened out and for each day's delay in doing this reduced the size of the bottom truss.

Plant them deep with the seed leaves resting on the compost.  

I wished I never seen it

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 11:14

I almost know the Colin Firth version of Pride &  Prejudice off by heart and could/do watch it over & over again.....having said that, I do take your point Yvie.

So beautifully casted.....was there ever a Mr Collins, Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh like it?

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 10:52

Courting danger here by singling out one dog. However, (living dangerously is me) I have to say 'Trigger' is one very handsome & intelligent looking  fella.

All so far posted seem to be beautifully groomed & loved.

Discussions started by David K

The day for misbehavin....

Replies: 5    Views: 316
Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 20:53

Top Tom Tip

Replies: 11    Views: 503
Last Post: 30/03/2015 at 18:07

Britain's National Bird

Replies: 28    Views: 822
Last Post: 13/06/2015 at 11:55

I D please?

Replies: 2    Views: 273
Last Post: 08/03/2015 at 10:30

Gardening challenges for 2015

Replies: 52    Views: 2323
Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 12:42

RIP Joe Cocker...

Replies: 8    Views: 1226
Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 10:56

Hidden Villages

Replies: 28    Views: 791
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 12:01

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Replies: 12    Views: 630
Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:20

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Replies: 456    Views: 18655
Last Post: 24/06/2015 at 18:54

It's all quite shameful...

Replies: 18    Views: 548
Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 13:43

Strictly 2014

Replies: 453    Views: 17464
Last Post: 21/12/2014 at 22:47

Blue strawberries?

Replies: 13    Views: 508
Last Post: 21/08/2014 at 20:02

Football season - 2014

Replies: 129    Views: 3486
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 22:05

Let's Remember Them

Replies: 92    Views: 2546
Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 11:10

Anyone addicted?

Replies: 11    Views: 471
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 12:51
1 to 15 of 52 threads