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Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:08
chicky wrote (see)
Morning - a day for pottering methinks - probably with hand trowel and weeding trug. If i set out to tackle everything that needs weeding i would feel a bit overwhelmed so i am approaching it stealthily instead!

That's the idea Chicky - creep up on it 

What is this please?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:06

Never heard of or seen a greengage with a purple flower   The OP refers to a 'plant' rather than a tree or bush - it would be good to have more information and perhaps a photograph of the plant 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:02

Cheers Verd 

I've grown three Chilli Apache plants bought as tinies from GC - growing outside in pots on the terrace they're producing like mad and what a well-flavoured chilli - really impressed.  Never grown any chillis successfuly before.

organic starting soil

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:18

 Hi Bryant

Lots of useful info here


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:14

Good morning all  It's a glorious morning - just the day to visit East Ruston 

anyone else coming or have I got to visit it for you? 

Autumn leaves

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:01

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:59

I've grown some old favourites and some new varieties this year - some have been successful, and some less so.

Runner Beans - I grew Wisley Magic for the second year running - last year they did well in an atrocious season.  This year, after a slow start they're cropping amazingly well - prolific trusses of long straight flat beans - really show quality, virtually stringless and with a fantastic proper runner bean flavour.  I will be growing these again next year.

Courgettes - Last year I grew Parador yellow courgettes and had a really good crop, again in an awful summer.  I couldn't get the seeds this year so have grown Soleil, but have been disappointed.  Lovely looking plants, no mildew to speak of, but a poor crop really.  I shall be searching out Parador for next year.

Broad Beans - I planted Aquadulce Claudia direct into the veg patch last October - they grew well and stood up to about 2 ft of snow for over 2 months.  We had a really good crop of tasty beans in early June.  I've ordered some more seeds.

Swiss Chard - This summer I've been growing Lucullus - fantastic!  Much bigger and better plants and more tender and tastier than the ruby chard I've grown in the past.  I've sown some more for autumn/spring picking and have ordered more seed for next year.

Autumn leaves

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:40

Aw, thanks Flowersforbees!!!  That's lovely!!!  Our hedgies like a mixture of dried mealworms, chopped peanuts, sunflower hearts, banana chips and bought hedgehog biscuits.  We make sure there's always a shallow bowl of rainwater out for them and they always have a good drink too.  

Nut, I find it really hard to believe that out in the sticks where you are, wth all the other wildlife around, there are no hedgehogs -  how sad   I know you've got thrushes and grass snakes - I'd have thought they'd have similar needs.  Maybe your hedgehogs are just very shy .... 

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:34

Press Control and F5 at the same time after you've posted - see if that works 

Also just check that you've not 'Ignored' yourself by accidently clicking the 'Ignore' button which appears when you hover the curser over your Avatar. 

Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:20

Hurrah!!!  Looks brilliant Tracey 

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