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Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:33

Hi Tim, the magazine and the website run 'in tandem' but they do not necessarily contain the same articles/information.

This may be of interest


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:46
4thPanda wrote (see)


Rain here too  or should that be  ? 

Dove, could lend a hand too if you want extra help? Could be fun 

No plans for today 

Oooh, that sounds like fun - we could have a BBQ - whaddaya say Wonky?  I'm planning on OH being involved too, and the Head Gardener will take a mainly supervisory/creative role  

But it won't be until the autumn - there's things growing in them at the moment.

Another ID please

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:42

When spinach runs to seed the leaf-shape changes.  I'll be interested to see what the RHS say - you will let us know won't you

Another ID please

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:07

Yes, spinach will grow that big - and bigger

I think it's more like a biennial than a perennial.

Don't eat it - I have been known to be wrong

Another ID please

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:28

I agree with KEF on the Hello Forkers thread - it looks like a spinach plant that has bolted.

You probably missed her reply 'cos that thread moves so quickly


Am I nurturing a weed again

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:24

Hope the new hip is performing well

We have two large ash trees at the end of our garden and just a few feet down a layer of chalk, so the tree roots are all near the surface - we're encouraging native hedgerow-type plants in that area - little else will grow without a lot of watering, and the birds, bees,, amphibians and hedgehogs love it

Left over gutters and pipework

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:18

Hmmm .... If you've got plants in heat and light you'll need to be involved all year round.  I suspect that it wouldn't be so much growth in the winter - I think it would be more regular inspection to make sure that things weren't deteriorating or that there weren't pests or botrytis setting in. 

Gunnera naturally dies down in the winter - which would be just as well - one well-grown gunnera plant would be bigger than your polytunnel.

I hope it doesn't seem that I'm throwing a spanner in the works - it's just that it's such a shame when someone's enthusiasm goes to waste because they've not prepared properly.   I hope that you can find some plants that you'll be really interested in growing and that will hold your interest

Do you know the Hardy Tropicals UK website?

Left over gutters and pipework

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:46
Grant26 wrote (see)
....  but my gardening interest usually dies off in winter so I'd never get out to water them.....


That doesn't bode well for 'tropical' or 'not quite hardy' plants in a poly-tunnel    they'll be vulnerable to moulds, infestations etc at that time of year when you're not able to ventilate the polytunnel as much as in the summer - are you likely to increase your interest, or should you be looking for hardier plants that can more or less 'look after themselves' in the winter without heat/light etc?

Tomato feed

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:34

That sounds good - welcome aboard

Am I nurturing a weed again

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:29

November - I did say 'usually' and 'most' ............. and I didn't recommend pulling it up ..... I've been known to sow the seeds of plants 'most' people regard as weeds ..... Jack by the Hedge for instance

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