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Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:04

Nice thread...I'm keeping my eye on the weather forecast, sometime tomorrow I'm given to understand that my plot may be under 10/15cm of snow. So I'm taking advantage of the lull before the storm (as it were) and finish dividing the last of my perennials.....hostas especially today.

A tad cool, but not a bad day here so far.


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 19:57

Well I've been around for quite a while, both here and in my previous life on the BBC gardening boards, so I reckon I have a feel for how these boards function.

Also, as I'm not a regular contributor to the 'Fork Handles' thread,I reckon I can comment on this in an impartial way. 

I'm not sure if 'Brumbull' has an agenda by opening this thread & the choice of title,  but he/she does give the impression of someone who has a lot to say & likes to be noticed.

These boards have been running like clockwork for almost a year now, it would would be nice if it was to continue that way.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:40


Geoff went to Writtle Agricultural College in Essex, in 1959 he passed the National Diploma in Horticulture, with distinction.

After graduating from agricultural college he became a nurseryman and self-employed landscape gardener, then opened his own garden centre ("The Hamilton Garden Centre") on the outskirts of Kettering in Northants.

He began writing a column for Garden News in 1970, and in 1975 became a full-time journalist when he took over as editor of Practical Gardening magazine, where he began his crusade to inform everybody about the joys and benefits of organic gardening.

You may be thinking of Monty Don, who doesn't have any horticultural qualification.....and it shows!

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:05

Geoff Hamilton's garden was unique and quite different from any other TV garden.

He constructed several gardens within his own garden i.e. The Cottage Garden, Paradise Garden and Ornamental Kitchen Garden. These were intended to replicate what was achievable in the average viewer's plot.These were in addition to his unforgettable DIY budget projects.

Geoff was unique and his like will never be seen again, I fear..

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:38

....but anyone who thinks that Monty is doing all the work at Longmeadow himself (or even a 10th of it) is living in cloud cuckoo land.,,,,,,as with Alan Titchmarsh's 'me Barleywood' garden.

I do beleive that Geoff Hamilton did most of the graft at Barnsdale.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 10:52

I'm not a fan of Monty, but did feel sorry for him last night. A program had to be filmed irrespective of the weather or soil conditions,,,,he looked absolutely wretched in the rain!

He could have popped in the old gardener's saying 'Good Friday is the time to start gardening'.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:50

I would wait for another week or so to sow your SP seeds in the open ground, but would sow them now in containers.

If sown in the open now, they will not germinate until the soil warms-up a little anyway.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:30

Pleased to hear yours SPs are doing well, Zoomer.

They can be planted out any time now, just try to plan it when we get a few frost free nights.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:27
Bunny.. wrote (see)
Do you just use standard size pots David ? Don't the roots get damaged ?

Bunny - I use root-trainers as sold by Eagle Sweet peas....two seeds per pot. They are virtually a black plastic bag with holes and no, very little root disturbance.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:49

Hi, Debra - Well, as I've often said, I've never used loo rolls for growing sweet peas, but they are biodegradable so it should be okay to plant them complete...... plant & loo roll together.

Don't worry about the roots growing out of the loo rolls, they have a very vigorous root system & it's normal.

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