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David Matthews2

Latest posts by David Matthews2

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:41

Like Dove, I'd have to vote for a whole 'family' of vegetables - but I say "Let's hear it for ONIONS!" : shallots (round and long 'uns), spring onions, sets, Cibou, Chives, Welsh onions, everlasting and annual too! Such a versatile group and tasty too boot!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:02

Thanks, Rosie. Have received address via pm  -will parcel later this week: I have one or two friends locally wanting to contribute 'anomalously' !!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 21:16

I too have packets of seeds which I'm willing to donate. Just give me the address for posting on. Rooted cuttings of hydrangea, dogwood and small bay also available as/ when/ where required. **pms not working too well for me at present, though??

How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:28

That reminds me; I've a big parcel of lily bulbs (arrived in the post last week). Must get them sorted and into their flowering troughs and buckets - which I tow around the patios as they come into bloom, then 'retiring' them to shadier parts of the garden as they enter 'eclipse' after flowering.

Weed seedling web page

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:22

Thanks, Peanuts - very timely, especially as all the 'little perishers' are just getting going again!!

North facing wall.

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:06

I strongly recommend Jasmine spp as an easily trained 'filler' - horizontal wires spaced 12" apart will help you keep it under control. I transferred an established plant onto a similar wall last spring and it's now romping all over the wires I placed there BEFORE the move.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:13

Called in at local LIDL store (after visit to Wilco's - just opposite!): good range of composts, seeds, toools etc BUT were already sold out of extending loppers by 12 noon!! * I asked a staff member to check but apparently only one pack reached the store. May be able to locate at one or other of their stores elswhere in county, but that involves extra mileage, bridge tolls, parking charges etc etc!!

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:20

Having 'ranted' about soggy composts on offer at B&Q, [see above], I was much more impressed by the care taken by the local Wilco store in having a fair range of composts and grow bags on offer (all stored indoors) & handy for loading into the car/ shopping trolley! Guess where I'm going when I run out of my 'home-grown' totally organic * peat-free bin compost??

Cleaning patio

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:21

That sounds REALLY painful, mjtclayton! The abrasive properties of sharp 'builders sand' should not be forgotten. Used in combination with a stiff yard brush and water, you could achieve much the same result without recourse to any chemical agents...??

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:08

My 'Hanging Pallet of Pembroke Dock' is only at the 'bright idea' stage yetawhile, Artjak! d.v. I'll make my initial moves soon and will definitely record progress with the project as it develops.

*Really appreciate the pics of the other very inventive settings for the other "Ladybird Hotels" - I feel somewhat envious at present as my pallet is still in its 'natural' state in the garage/ workshop awaiting surgery!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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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