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Plant I'd please

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:39

Aubretia 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:38

I meant that Cake's music is fun 

Fig Tree

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:37

I have a fig in a large terracotta pot on a south-east facing terrace here in Norfolk.  I didn't fleece it this winter although I did bubble-wrap the pot to protect it in case of hard frosts.  If the temps had dropped a long way I'd have draped some fleece over the tree but a friend who lived in North Norfolk had a Brown Turkey outside for years and gave it no protection whatsoever and it fruited every year. 

Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:32

£1.39 per pack here  http://www.seedparade.co.uk/products/Tomato_Shirley_F1_5_seeds-88-1.html?gclid=CKC_y6PAj70CFasEwwodp5YA4Q although it doesn't say how many seeds the pack contains and the company certainly doesn't have any sort of quality reputation as far as I'm aware.

I think we have to remember that many of the larger companies invest a lot of money on the development of new varieties etc, rather than just growing and selling seeds - they have to cover that investment.  

They also produce and sell a wide variety of seeds, some of which may not be as popular as others and therefore may not recoup their costs, so in order to maintain a wide choice for the grower they spread this across their whole range. 

I hold no brief for seed companies, but I feel that to label a company as profiteering without evidence of their costs might be a little naive. 

There's much more to producing seeds on the scale done by the large companies than growing some tomatoes and saving and packaging the seeds - some varieties are licensed and fees have to be paid, and quality control measures also cost money.

How's the damp problem in your shed Chris?

Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 11:44

Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 11:28

Polka is superb - heavy cropping lovely large fruit that hold their shape in the freezer, and great flavour 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 10:47

On our travels yesterday my son introduced me to the recordings of the band Cake - does anyone here know their music? Fun!!! 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 10:41

What a brilliant project   Good luck!

Dwarf apple tree

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 10:05

What about mulching a good area around the stem with a generous layer of coarse grit? 

crocuses

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:54

Do we know what type of crocuses these are? 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Achillea

To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27

ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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