Latest posts by discodave

Back to the top?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 08:21

Would also be good if there was a button we could click on a particular post to make sure we get updates on that. Like a hot thread button that we can control.


What we are doing this week

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 08:19
Sam Glendinning wrote (see)

Disco Dave...meet the family lol...

Lol, thanks Sam.. (sorry I didn't reply - I didn't get a notification that this post had been updated)

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 08:11

only half an hour until the letter B http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pz408

im extracited

Pesky Slugs

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 07:48

Last year was indeed a slug & snail paradise with all the damp weather later in the year. You could mix 2 crushed cloves of garlic with 2 pints of water and boil (then let it cool down), watering plants that are at risk works, aswell as crushed egg shells, used ground coffee, copper foil around pots, and I tried something I saw last year which is copper tape around a cut soft drink bottle middle with the top and bottom cut off and set this over your newly planted "slug food". Slug beer traps are good, but make sure you empty the corpses out daily & sharp gravel is supposed to work. Its good if you can encourage birds into your garden (provided your not using pellets). Trouble is if the birds are being fed too much by us then they are not looking for their natural food, slugs, snails and bugs. An upturned pot is always a good idea, then if any find that its their shelter for the daytime, when you go out it makes them easier for you to find them. I think I will try nematodes this year aswel. 

Standard Rose

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 11:51

thanks for that Dove, it doesnt look like their standards are part of their sale and with delivery its £54.. which I think is a bit steep.

Standard Rose

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:29

Hi all, I am thinking of growing a standard rose this year in a patio pot. Has anyone had any experience with these? Also, I would like a rose type (thats this shape and med - large blooms with fragrance). I like lots of colours so thats not a problem. I know its alot to ask but any suggestions of a good standard would be appreciated.


(ideal shape of rose)


Posted: 11/01/2013 at 11:25

I took Greenhouse Studies as a subject at school and loved it. (although this was age 13 until leaving school). My sister is a school teacher (ages 3-6) and has regular classes with several kids in their school allotment. I have to say though, I think that this subject is the responsibility of a parent not a school. To get into the garden with your children yourself and learn together is both rewarding and inspiring. Talk to the schools to see if they can set up a gardening club etc..

shrub suggestions

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 18:43

Thanks for the pics Bill, from the other pics you posted before it looks like you have done alot already. Take your time, and research plants, what you like, growing conditions. Some of them can be expensive and you dont want to end up with something your not happy with. Great looking job so far, now put your feet up and give yourself a pat on the back..


Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 17:44

Make sure your not over watering it, olive trees like to be on the dry side, if you think it needs watering leave it another week (and dont soak it). Remember, Olives are mediteranean plants, they like plenty of sunlight. They ususaly drop some/most of their leaves this time of year. You should start seeng new growth around March time. I agree that the central heating may not be doing it any good though. 

What is wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 22:15

You may be as well to cut back some of the branches to ensure they all get good air circulation and sun, dont worry, it wont cut back on the fruit. (just wait until the weather is right)

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