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Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:08

Determinate varieties of tomatoes, also called "bush" tomatoes, are varieties that are bred to grow to a compact height.

Indeterminate (sometimes called cordon) varieties reach heights of up to 10 feet although 6 feet is considered the norm.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:49

A SP table arrangement.


 Linzy - would be more than happy to help at the appropriate time.

I was fortunate inasmuch as the person I helped had, like you, gardening experience and was prepared to follow my suggestions to the letter......however she was tempted to pamper them at times.

Btw, you must have been very patient to have scrolled back to where I mentioned 'wedding sweet peas'....although I remember posting it, it seems way-back.

PS. The other forum was 'The Archers' messageboard, unfortunately it is now closed, alongside nearly all of them run by the Beeb. Having said that, I could let you have the email address of the lady in question if you contact me via a PM.

Edit: Yes, Eagle SPs are available to the public, but not the nursery itself.




Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:38
rosemummy wrote (see)

ps what's cheapest beer/lager anyone found for murderous purposes!!


Louise, perhaps I'm lucky, but the landlord from my local will give me as much beer as I need for the purpose. This is what they call 'slops'...when they tap a new barrel, they usually draw-off a couple of pints as wastage.

Other than that. just go for the low alcohol cheapos from your local supermarket.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:20

Hi, linzy...helping someone to grow sweet peas for a late spring wedding is something I've done (successfully) before on another forum and feel very proud of the outcome.....this involved wall to wall SPs i.e. church decoration, bouquets,  reception hall...the lot.

At this stage I would just suggest looking at the catalogues of sweet pea specialist growers to see colour options.... picotee varieties would be my recommendation.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:08

Nice to have Shugborough lovers out there and I'm really pleased to hear there were 'fireworks' on your hot date, SweetPea.

Ecobaby - Glad you enjoy canal walks in the area, I think probably my fav would be around Essex Bridge....of which I've posted several pics of here.

I've recently joined the West Midlands Bird Club to give me access permits to photograph around Blithfield this space.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:07

I love those, SweetPea.....I like them most because of the story behind them.

I used to develop, print & enlarge my own black & white films, but never quite got the hang of processing colour.

Pinching Out Tops of Broad Beans

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:49

I agree with Dove, re eating the tops of broad beans...give em a soak in salt water & wash thoroughly to get rid of any beasties.

Tops of Brussels sprouts can be treated likewise.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:41

Doh! "I feel starlings were looked down on when they were less common,"....please read more common.

Ecobaby....I'm just south of Milford/Shugborough.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:38

Doh! "I feel starlings were looked down on when they were less common,"....please read more common.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:29

Thank you, your shots and am really pleased you like our thread.

I feel starlings were looked down on when they were less common, but it's a fact they have a beautiful plumage when you take a close look......for me I'm not keen on their feeding habits.

Btw, my mum didn't really knit my avatar.  

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