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Posted: 31/05/2014 at 18:21

For me it's both of those instances, and all the other little times that someone remembers to ask how someone is if they've been under the weather, or remind them to pack a smile in their bag on a tough day, and the kindness of gifts of plants and seeds arriving in the post.

Also the patience of everyone - many have answered questions about how to grow tomatoes, sweet peas,  or potatoes, and how to prune a climbing rose, time after time, but no one ever says "Oh for goodness sake, just use the Search".  

And also the way everyone remembers that gardening is meant to be a pleasurable experience and they take on the cheering up of people who've had disasters with slugs or weedkiller or children sitting on a precious plant.

It all just goes to prove that gardeners are very nice people 

Laurel plants

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 18:10

That really is an impressive hedge - it's a shame they couldn't wait to prune it until after both the blooms and the nesting season were over. 

Laurel plants

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 17:09

It doesn't poison the ground, but it will take all the water and nutrients out of the soil nearby.  

Lots of mulching with organic matter, garden compost, farmyard manure etc will help.

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Posted: 31/05/2014 at 17:05

I think it's Campari & soda o'clock here 

Too late for tomatoes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 17:03

If you want to beat the squirrels you can pick the walnuts before they ripen and make some Pickled Walnuts - I love them with cold meat at Christmas 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 16:24

Asleep on a deckchair in the shed? 

Moulds or liner?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 16:10

We bought our liner from and the underlay was half price.  We got the liner that is guaranteed for 40 years. 

As long as the soil isn't too stony a layer of sand or soft soil then the underlay is all you need. 

Pondkeeper are really helpful and there's a calculator to help you work out how large the liner needs to be.  

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Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:58

 Better late than never folks!  I got sidetracked by some dead-heading 

It's the friendliness that makes this such a good place to be 

Strawberries have mystery holes in leaves

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:52

It looks like some sort of bacterial or fungal thing to me - there's all sorts of things about this year following such a mild winter.  I'd remove the affected leaves and burn them.

Don't fertilise too much - it makes soft growth and the leaves are therefore more susceptible to such things.

ID please

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:50

Brilliant!  Thanks Panda 

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