David Matthews2

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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...

Batty Bunch

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 20:24

I and various younger members of my family are quite batty in various ways as my avatar would indicate. Serious battiness is a strong genetic trait in my past as I was prone to standing in the middle of various rivers, wearing wellingtons, waders or even wet suits and SHOUTING instructions to the field study groups I was tutoring!! I put it all down to having been born young...

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:26

Wintersong: I'd be prepared to hazard a guess that your 'little warbler' might be a cock wren - they make a real racket, often from within the shrubbery! Any idea as to size, colour, (?picture would be good). If your situation is well-wooded you might be lucky enough to have a Garden Warbler visiting you? Happy gardening anyway!!

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 21:33

Nin: I do sympathise, truly. But I do have a 'cavalier' streak which prompts me to suggest planting a Russia Vine (aka mile-a-minute vine) - it should overwhealm the 'tango' shed in no time atall.....?? Seriously though, what's on the opposite neighbouring side? Redirect your own attention thataways and leave Mr Tango go to xxxx!!


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 20:49

Day Three of my campaign against the advance of ivy, phygelius and Bramble from my neighbour's garden VIA the 150-year old limestone wall dividing our plots! Secateurs and heavy welder's gauntlets, plus eye protection needed too. Is shredding an option, followed by composting?? Pity not to gain by my labours, 'cos the neighbour is of the 'let Nature take its course' type - ie does nowt in the garden!!

What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 19:53

Blissfully blue sky & clear sunshine all day while 4pm. Cloud moving in from nw/n after 4.30pm. Chilly o/n expected...?

ID bird please

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 17:26

Blackcaps are often quite 'furtive' - they only visit with us when the weather is harsh and then sculk around the shrubbery, tidying up after the more 'outgoing' birds like sparrows, chaffinch & goldfinches.


Posted: 06/03/2016 at 16:46

I'll definitely count you in, Hazel - particularly as you've the same name as the elder of our two grand-daughters!


Posted: 05/03/2016 at 19:16

Hazel: The cake was a 're-imagined' Deliarised effort, similar to the Christmas one already featured/ EATEN!! All gone now, I'm afraid. We'll just have to make an even bigger one next time - so that there'll be enough left for worthy Forkers...? 

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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Last Post: 17/07/2016 at 11:15

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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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? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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