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Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 19:41

Welcome, Steve S, & congratulations on the new job! We look forward to seeing photos of your 'Patch' as it stands this Autumn - and how it (& you) develop with the ensuing seasons. Never be afraid to ask - there'll doubtless be a variety of responses but all is grist to the mill on this forum, I find. Enjoy!!

Pulled My Spuds - Wash or Dry ?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:42

Hi, Bob T G: I've grown Pink Fir Apple for the first time as a 'corner filler', ie they went in after all the other varieties were housed. I'm pleased with the crop: we avoid the problem of 'nobblyness' by scrubbing with a soft bristle nail brush & serving them as boiled in their skins with a knob of butter ontop!! Delish!!

top of canes

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:29

I used to save 35mm film canisters in pre-digital camera era (last millennium!). Nowadays I improvise with empty plastic pill & yogurt pots, odd sox and even empty 'jungle juice' or jubbly plastic sleeves with a rounded, closed ends. Fascinating to hear of others' improvisations.....???

what can I sow now.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:38

Lots of different Salad leaf options according to your tastes/ family needs?

Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:24

"Sod's Law" or "Sods' Lawn"

Leaf salad

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:07

 This is the latest sowing of Mizuna with 'sporadic' German Mustard leaf for extra tang. [sown early August]. This bed should continue to crop throughout the Autumn and winter months (light plastic cover goes over if frost threatened).

Unknown eggs

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:36

Hi Tina: definitely not ant - those pictured are slug eggs and should be 'outed' for the blackbird etc to enjoy! *Ant eggs are generally sandy coloured, smooth like 'sugar strand' cake topping (less colourful & tasty, though).

best tasting potatoes

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:28

Hi, Treehugger: I was very taken by Osprey (2nd early/ keeper) - clean, smooth skin, pearly flesh & tasted really satisfying; steamed with just a knob of butter added to the serving tureen. I'd definitely grow them again. Others' nominations noted, so I'll still be tight on (buckets) & open space next season - yet again!

Tomatoes splitting

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:48

Having experiences with splitting tomato fruits last year, I 'double potted' my outdoor tomatoes and those in a solid-floored greenhouse by putting each of the final planting 'black bucket' 8 litre pots into an empty 10 litre mayonnaise catering pack. Alternatively, use the pack that bulk pelleted chicken manure comes in. It's certainly gone a long way to reducing the likelihood of split fruit. *Added bonus is that the compost/soil mixture is insulated from excessive direct sunlight and helps maintain a more even temperature for the feeding rootballs.

Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:48

Hi Philippa: I've been 'spuggiewatching' whilst enjoying a quiet cuppa in the garden. Adult birds were feeding fledged chicks with small pieces of grit from the weathered cement capping along my limestone boundary wall. Occasionaly the adults would dive into the nearby clematis/ forsythia thicket and tender a tasty caterpillar morsel to the waiting brood!

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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