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Pumpkin varieties

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 21:15

Thanks, Chicky, for your tips - glad you didn't have to venture outside....! I commend the Chicklets on their carving skills too! I'll check out Mr Fothgill shelves more closely in the spring (unless you happen* to have any 'spare' seeds from this year, please??).

*Please pm me if anything available.

Pumpkin varieties

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 18:56

Big "Well done" to Mr Chicky!: may I ask where did you get your 'Charmant' seeds from - I've never heard of that variety before? They certainly look impressive & I take 'slug resistance' fairly seriously as I'm surrounded by limestone walling (where the little b***'s hide out between meals!!!).

Gardening and the use of a Wheelbarrow

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 19:50

Done: I hope you get a wide response.....!!



Bug Hotel & Hibernation Area Finished :)

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:28

 Sorry it's sideways on -  but some of you will have seen this 'bijou hotel' in one of my previous posts. *This is the 2014 pic; this has now been well 'occupied' by mason bees, earwigs, lacewings, wasps, ants etc... [summer 2015 update/ personal inspection]. I revisit Austria each mid-summer, so I'll try to post again by July 2016!!!

Bug Hotel & Hibernation Area Finished :)

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 18:34

Nice one, Hefty!: I hope you get lots of overwintering beasties vying to share your inventive 'des res' quite soon. I'm sure the exceptionally mild Autumn weather is about to revert to 'norm' fairly soon!

Question: Hand held tools

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 17:44

Sound advice from many of my fellow gardeners on the forum - to which I would add the suggestion that you chat with the guys who manage the grounds around your college buildings etc - they will surely be using power tools on a regular basis, and may well give you some 'down to earth' responses to your query.........?????

Accessible gardening questionnaire (student project, please help!)

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 18:14

Done - hope the survey yields sufficiently wide spread of feedback/comments. Good luck with studies!

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

Thanks, BLT: I'll note that combination for next growing season!

Problems with butternut squash

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:42

My gourds started very slowly, but once they got going they decided to 'romp' all over the garden....! The ones earthed in the greenhouse escaped through the rooflight & open doorway [see pics of gathered fruits on my recent "I've got a luverly row.......coconuts" thread]. I'll leave them to it & see what we have by the time of first real frost - garden is sheltered in town in coastal SW Wales, so with any luck it could be a while yet.

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:30

I'm right with you, Philippa S2: I'll give them another week or so on the clothes airer to thoroughly ripen. Then I'll get the clear matt/ satin varnish out. *I've offered to (temporarily) loan the gourds, plus several large pine cones & fresh hazel nuts to friends with a sunny shop window which they'll be dressing out 'naturalistically' for Hallowe'en. Hopefully some seasonal pics to follow in due course....

Discussions started by David Matthews2

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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