David Matthews2

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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!

My new name

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:03

Talking of 'dodgy light', Orchid Lady, my avatar picture was taken against a glossy white painted door! *The paper bat was created by one of my grand-daughters; they usually visit SW Wales each Autumn half-term which generally includes Hallowe'en etc...

old tights

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:57

Having seen the wondrous creations featuring old underwear, I'm currently musing on the likely horticultural reuse or upcycling of multiple pairs of 'condemed' longjohns, string singlets and non-elasticated Y-fronts in my possession?? *Those of a sensitive disposition may wish to avoid this topic in future, should my 'musings' become reality...

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:01

Tomsk: Are you sure it's not a Terriffid, or perhaps a Daffodilorousaur??

3' high raised bed advice welcomed

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:08

Battering is angling the face of the 'wall' back from the vertical. Does not mean missing any blocks atall! A 'two-thirds' overlap should give an inch or two for the soil 'pockets' in front of the face of the upper block, and so on towards your desired height.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 20:31

Suny most of daytime here in SW Wales - had to run into garage when hail shower came through 1530. Plenty of fresh compost, so got o with 'Premiere' early potato planting in big black buckets by gr/houses.

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 19:50

Thanks for your consoling thoughts, Nutc! I make that I'm about 8-10 months ahead of myself with bulb planting - guess I can now relax (just for a wee while?).

3' high raised bed advice welcomed

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 19:25

Have you considered using hollow concrete blocks and 'battering' the face of the wall on at least three sides? I've seen this approach used with great effect elsewhere as it gives multiple little soil 'pockets' on each course of blocks - into which you can plant numerous trailling subjects?

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:56

Through a slight 'oversight', I had a half-net of daffodil bulbs lurking in my unheated garage until yesterday - I planted them in a dozen or so black flower-buckets (ex-florist), along with some 'fresh' lily bulbs I'd had from Parks just last week. More in hope than expectation, I've watered them up and stood them alongside the greenhouse in a sunny spot. I'll let you know how they fare over the coming weeks, and months...?

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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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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