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spring bulbs in summer

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 20:18

Ditto experiences here with 200+ 'very late planted' daffs etc - they're flowering now just as the tulips are finishing! Must be said that the slugs just love the challege of ascending the 2' stems to 'sample' the buds!! Urggh!!

Growing tomatoes in pots

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:12

Hi, LaarR, (Lou): May I echo DaisyHC's methodology - note that a big saucer is used under each 12" pot to retain extra moisture from your (evening) watering. If growning outdoors, beware the whole fabrication toppling over in windy conditions. I position my single potted OD toms against a fence/ wall where a couple of eye bolts at either end of the run can have  strong cords or wires strung between - and two of each trio of canes secured with wire before the toms grow up too high! Happy growing (& good eating!)!!

Cucumbers Wilting and Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:15

Hi, Glitzy; sad news about your 'cues - earlier in the spring several contributors to this forum were singing the praises of "Marketmore" which did well for me after a hesitant start! Eventually I was picking 6-8" cues from amongst the lower foliage of a holly tree over 7' of the ground!! (fortunately not the prickly type!). Persevere, and you should enjoy some fresh-picked, home-grown salads.

Leaf salad

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:26

Hi Whyfro, Like you I tend to 'oversow' leaf salads and end up with myriad seedlings all at the same stage of growth. Might I suggest using an old table fork to pry small clumps of the seedlings from the middle row, leaving the two outer rows to crop & come again? Station plant the clumps of seedlings that you move into a prepared drill out in the garden - give them a gentle overhead watering to settle them in and they'll come to cropping a few weeks after those currently in the greenhouse (I'd also move them out now into a coldframe or similarly sheltered spot). That's how I treat the Greman Mustard leaf in SW Wales (coastal too) & I can generally gather some leaves on a daily basis all the year round!

Human irrigation system

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 20:56

Sorry to hear your news, Mike. Our thoughts are with you & echoing the many good wishes from 'folk in the forum' - take time to enjoy the good things in life and trust in the expertise of the medical specialists.

Greenhouse Staging

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:59

Wow! EDD - I'm full of admiration for your tinkerings!  My 'garage' currently houses several wannabee pallets that I rescued from skips last autumn. They're nicely dried out now, so I'll "Get on It" as Uncle Ray W says...

Buried Treasure!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:46

Immediately after marrying, my wife & I moved into a tied cottage at the Field Study Centre near Pembroke. Known to everyone as "Hitchcock's Cottage", it had used to be the residence of the head gardener for the Orielton Estate. Nothing of real value ever emerged from my diggings in the garden (over a twelve year period), but the quantity of broken & whole Johnnie Walker whisky bottles did reveal a certain 'penchant' re: recreational drinking habits of its previous tenants!!

old tights

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:05

'Nuff said, Lisa. Any 'pics' will be for private consumption only!

Building a veg planter

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:50

Hi, Kweegly: The planter sounds great. Have you considered setting it up on bricks prior to filling it? This move should largely obviate the flooding risk, ease your backache when tending the 'plot' and make it easier to swoosh lurking nasties (like slugsnsnails) with a well-directed hosepipe every now and again!! Simples, eh?

Seed sowing

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:21

Orchid Lady: you may like to try German Mustard as a leafy salad plant with a 'zingy' taste to liven up your salad bowls? I've grown, & enjoyed eating it almost on a daily basis, from an original sowing over four years ago! The larger leaves resemble dock leaves  (and generally end up in the compost bin!), but the tender young leaves are very moreish - mixed with chopped sweet red/yellow/green pepper, tomatoes, celery, onion, grapes and grated carrot etc...YUM!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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