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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....

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

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 18:36

Sure thing, BLT: Butternut squash is a great favourite with all my son's family. Maybe I'll stick to 'mainstream' squashes in future!

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

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 19:30

Thanks, Hostafan: I generally chop & slice/ dice depending on size of 'fruit' being discarded. I find pineapples particularly 'resilient' - must be the hefty 'coat' they carry!

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

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 19:08

Thanks, Pansyface & Fidgetbones: I did try one baked last month - probably 'not quite ripe then' but, oh my - was it bitter! It hastily followed Route One to the compost bucket!! More insightful recipes/ uses welcomed: ? ferment for hooch....?? a la Marrow brandy??

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

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 18:01

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/93731.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 Various shapes/ sizes/ colours! Is there any hope for culinary use, please advise.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 19:44

Too true, Pansyface - the black fella was going at a fair lick - had my camera in 'sports' mode! Est speed 2.9 metres per minute!!! (maybe? relative of Mr Bolt???).

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? 
Replies: 11    Views: 953
Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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