David Matthews2

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slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:27

Gastropods-a-gogo here in coastal Pembs have developed a 'taste' for the new potato crop! I grow my earlies in multiple black buckets and lately the little blighters have been felling the haulms in foot-long lengths!! They are aiming for a balanced diet as they are also sampling the climbing, dwarf French and Runer beans too! What are we to do? At this rate there'll hardly be any substantial crops (& s/naff-all to put into the freezer...). Woe!!

Tying In

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 21:43

Hi, P-G & Salino: I must admit to a strong preference for soft twine; various gauges and colours for different plant subjects - those clips can be rather 'aggressive' on soft, tender shoots, especially tomatoes, climbing beans. I reserve the clips (two sizes available) for more robust, woodier growth. Wire rings also have their uses as they can be 'opened' to encompass quite large diameter canes. The flat green plastic-coated wire ties are virtually indestructible; some in my garden have survived for over 20 years (!) and even several 'cycles' through the compost bins too!!

New member introduction

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:39

Welcome, Dictamnus, to the 'probably the happiest site around' re: gardening in all its varied aspects! Why not post a couple of pictures of your cottage garden? - it sounds very interesting (from  your profile) and others are bound to find it stimulating too...?

what is this?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 21:28

Mature Staghorn Sumach certainly can look lovely, even in its autumn/ winter mode - & the birds benefit from the seedheads too! BUT - it can become a nuiscance/ thug pseudo-tree and send up myriad suckers up to 1-2 metres away from the parent!

ID please

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 20:57

Thrift plant used to feature on the reverse side of pre-decimal 'old money' 3d piece (eight-sided coin).

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.

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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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Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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