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Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:27

 This is the only 'drumstick' that has appeared in my garden so far this year - I normally have 20-30 spikes per annum, so perhaps it's still rather early?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:19

 One bloom in a relatively sheltered corner of my windswept garden!

Tying In

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:56

Hi again, P-G & Salino: The art (or is it science?) of tying-in is an essential of life here in Wild Wet Windy West Wales!! Even though my mid-terrace plot is in the middle of town, we're so close to the Milford Haven Seaway/ shoreline (200 metres) that the wind finds its way wheresoe'er it will. As a good Cub/ Boy Scout, I was taught never to cut a cord or rope when nimble fingers were designed for fiddly untying - and those knotcraft skills gained a mere half-century ago do not go away; I just keep on practising and devising 'macrame'-solutions to my myriad tying problems.

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:27

Gastropods-a-gogo here in coastal Pembs have developed a 'taste' for the new potato crop! I grow my earlies in multiple black buckets and lately the little blighters have been felling the haulms in foot-long lengths!! They are aiming for a balanced diet as they are also sampling the climbing, dwarf French and Runer beans too! What are we to do? At this rate there'll hardly be any substantial crops (& s/naff-all to put into the freezer...). Woe!!

Tying In

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 21:43

Hi, P-G & Salino: I must admit to a strong preference for soft twine; various gauges and colours for different plant subjects - those clips can be rather 'aggressive' on soft, tender shoots, especially tomatoes, climbing beans. I reserve the clips (two sizes available) for more robust, woodier growth. Wire rings also have their uses as they can be 'opened' to encompass quite large diameter canes. The flat green plastic-coated wire ties are virtually indestructible; some in my garden have survived for over 20 years (!) and even several 'cycles' through the compost bins too!!

New member introduction

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:39

Welcome, Dictamnus, to the 'probably the happiest site around' re: gardening in all its varied aspects! Why not post a couple of pictures of your cottage garden? - it sounds very interesting (from  your profile) and others are bound to find it stimulating too...?

what is this?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 21:28

Mature Staghorn Sumach certainly can look lovely, even in its autumn/ winter mode - & the birds benefit from the seedheads too! BUT - it can become a nuiscance/ thug pseudo-tree and send up myriad suckers up to 1-2 metres away from the parent!

ID please

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 20:57

Thrift plant used to feature on the reverse side of pre-decimal 'old money' 3d piece (eight-sided coin).

spring bulbs in summer

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 20:18

Ditto experiences here with 200+ 'very late planted' daffs etc - they're flowering now just as the tulips are finishing! Must be said that the slugs just love the challege of ascending the 2' stems to 'sample' the buds!! Urggh!!

Growing tomatoes in pots

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:12

Hi, LaarR, (Lou): May I echo DaisyHC's methodology - note that a big saucer is used under each 12" pot to retain extra moisture from your (evening) watering. If growning outdoors, beware the whole fabrication toppling over in windy conditions. I position my single potted OD toms against a fence/ wall where a couple of eye bolts at either end of the run can have  strong cords or wires strung between - and two of each trio of canes secured with wire before the toms grow up too high! Happy growing (& good eating!)!!

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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