David Matthews2

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Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:09

Sadly I made a 'right botch' of my first attempt to register, hence when I succeeded I became DM2 - never have felt the need/ use of pseudonyms...

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:05

Note for Andy Leeds: sorry to disappoint you but the 'hole in the side of their heads' is wot they breathe through! Maybe the nematode treatment is working, but it all goes on internally....

Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 21:11

This season started late caused by 'indifferent' weather; so I decided to pick up tomato varieties grown on in modules via GC: "Artisan Pink" and "Indigo Apple" took my fancy!! Has anyone any idea what they might turn out like as I've not come across either named variety before?? BTW: plants are doing well (utd); each one growing away in large poly pots in unheated greenhouse....

Last edited: 19 May 2016 21:16:03

what size module to grow runner beans

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:44

These Aeron Purple Star runner bean plants were grown on in an unheated greenhouse, then planted out end of 1st week of May. They have now climbed about 3 feet up a cane frame (erected at the same time). Fingers crossed, no frost likely now in coastal SW Pembs (just 30 feet above sea level).

*Troughs hold just five seeds, allowing plenty of root run into seived compost circa 15cm deep.

Last edited: 19 May 2016 20:50:27

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 19:54

Today I have mostly been 'mining' my Brown Gold from one of several 'Dalek' compost bins - somewhat sweaty work but well worth the effort! Riddled out the twiggy bits (& banana labels etc), ready to mix with equal quantities of Levingtons (or similar quality) bagged compost from GC tomorrow when MrsM & I head to town for dental appointments!!

*Tip: using a Garden Claw horizontally thro' the basal hatch speeded up the process of loosening the well-packed compost prior to shovelling it out!!


Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:49

Me too!! (see my avatar).

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:54

Potted on 6 tomato plants "Artisan Pink" then noticed that one of 6 tomato "Indigo ..." already potted on has drooped severely - hope it's just sulking & not a sign of disease? Kept AP's well away from other toms & bitter WNW wind jic. Hastily mowed grassy area ahead of gathering cloud & predicted rain approaching 6pm. Tidied up 'offerings' from various neighbouring cats....Rain stopped play!

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:49

Steve 309: I tried 'overwintering' "Aquadulce" about 4/5 years ago - semi-disastrous as I had to build an anti-snow frame/ cloche/ shelter [4' x 4' x 20'] against SNOW [3" fall] when the beans were in flower & I feared they would be snapped against solo canes etc already supporting them! * I did get a crop, but it was no earlier than other beans sown indoors in mid February. Hence my current practices...

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:10

Similar pattern of action to Marygold's: my 1st batch is now in flower in their 'cropping' position. The 2nd sowing is still in greenhouse - two seeds in 1 litre deep ex-yoghurt pots (Tesco). *I tend to plant out at 4/5 true leaf stage - else the root development tends to get too tangled for safe separation...Bunyard's Exhibition is the main variety - I've grown used to its habits!


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:33

VERY blustery NNW wind here, though mostly sunny: thus it's quite cosy in the greenhouse (unheated but reaching 25 C) - just watch out when you emerge!! *[Two lines of washing dried in record time, so not all bad! "It's an ill wind..."]. **Driving back from the Midlands yesterday it  was mostly sunny, + odd showers near Welsh Borders. Vital 'comfort stop' at Carmarthen GC resulted in a dozen 'ailing' half-priced tomato plants - so a rush to get their roots into some of my tasty compost; needed riddling to exclude odd twigs, wireworms & banana labels. Hasty watering of drooping early potato haulms in buckets 'cos it's apparently been quite warm whilst I was away...

Discussions started by David Matthews2

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Attached photo shows the nature of my genuine need as game is incomplete by 1 crucial piece!! 
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Last Post: 16/12/2016 at 17:54

Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Long-established plant coming into flower already - normally 'winter' flowering type.  
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Mystery Moth in garden foliage

Found deep in the shrub border (aka 'the jungle') - I've not seen the like before?? 
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Last Post: 12/08/2016 at 21:14

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

First time of growing this variety & it looks really odd - colour, shape & slow-to-ripen behaviour all weird!! 
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Last Post: 10/08/2016 at 19:28

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Update photos of previously posted 'deluxe' insect accommodation in Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. 
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Moth, myth or mithuss?

Recent visitor to my greenhouse 
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Last Post: 27/08/2016 at 21:19

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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What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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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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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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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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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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