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Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:23

Morning KEF 

I don't have the energy to do it any more Mattbeer but it was fun while I did it - and anyway - teenagers don't really want silver-haired ladies hanging out with them - now if I dyed some pink stripes into it .... 

Vertical gardening ideas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:20

Our local M&S has a wonderful living wall 

and down in Suffolk Adnams brewery have this wonderful sedum roof on their distribution centre I drive past it when I visit my parents, and it looks fantastic, the range of colours it has developed are wonderful. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 07:10

Good morning all   a glorious golden sunrise  Yes, sweet pea seedlings on the window - more will be joining them soon, and I may try an early outdoor sowing of something or other?  - I imagine that the soil's much warmer than it usually is at this time of year.  I want to get a good row of parsley in - I use so much of it, a clump in the herb garden just isn't enough. 

Some of the best fun I've ever had was when I was a volunteer supporting teenagers with severe and complex learning disabilities at a youth club   giving them the chance to 'hang out' with each other and be 'cool' - providing the support they needed (and chaperoning) but without cramping their style or behaving like a parent or teacher.  Exhausting work, but such fun 


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:03

Clarington - you moved to the Antipodes????????????

pussy willow cuttings

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:01

Just trim the stems back to where there's still some bark - stick in some water or damp ground - they'll be fine outside - they don't need protection. 

Runner bean root disease?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:45

Runner bean roots grow quite bulky and tuberous, with lots of little tiny fibrous roots - like the ones pictured on this blog .  If yours looked something like that they were perfectly normal 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:18

Your say has made 6 posts, only one of them about gardening and that one is rambling and incoherent, the others are mainly unpleasant or confused - I think that's all that needs to be said really.

Not worth bothering about - David - you reputation goes before you.  Ignore. 

pussy willow cuttings

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:14

When I was a child living on the farm, Pa told us that one of the wild duck's nests was falling into the big pond in the farmyard.  I rushed out with some pussy willow twigs that had been in a vase in the dining room, with some daffodills - Pa stuck them into the pond bank and propped up the nest and made it secure.  The duck hatched her brood, the pussy willow rooted and some 50 years on there's still a large pussy willow growing on the bank of the pond.

Nut's method will work, or you can just stick them in some damp soil and just make sure it doesn't dry out.  This time next year they will have rooted and will be putting out little shoots. 

Fig Tree

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 14:09

I'm sure Alan will agree that Reads Nursery are very helpful, so if you need advice re the root control bags you could email them 


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 13:56

Mine is still under it's forcing pot - I've had one picking from it already last week - I'll probably not take the forcing pot off until mid April but I'll probably take the lid off and leave it off next time I pick a few stalks - depending of course on the weather.


Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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