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An ENVY thread....

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 06:07

My envy is for people who can make decisions - I'm really struggling to work out whether this garden can cope with a wildlife pond, and if so where it will go 


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 06:03

Good morning all  Awake and up early this morning as I'm spending a day travelling around East Anglia with my son 

Temp in the garden only went down to 5.8C last night  and was up to 13.6 yesterday - is this the start of the heat wave?  

Lily, glad you and your friend had a good day - hope she's much better very soon. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:24
Verdun wrote (see)

..................  Heatwave a'coming this weekend folks. Be nice to me or I won't send it your way 


I'll make a cake Verdun 

OH has been told he has 3 days gardening to look forward to Sun/Mon/Tuesday 

I'd better make two cakes 

New Allotment, advice please!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:43

Best bit of advice I was given when I got an allotment - never be afraid to ask 

The other allotmenteers  are full of information and experience of the soil and conditions that you have to work with - and most people are so flattered to be asked for advice

And one other tip - don't try to do it all at once - but remember that Nature abhors a vacuum so if you've got bare soil the weed seeds will find it, so read up a bit on green manures - different types for different times of the year - and don't be afraid to sprinkle a few green manure seeds on part of the allotment and keep that bare soil covered 

Cleaning patio

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:37

mjtclayton - can you show us a photograph please - to post a pic click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions 

Maiden fruit tree

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:13

I think it'll be fine - as they grow you'll just train them against the fence - but the wires will be several inches proud of the fence so they're not as far out as they look now. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:11

The birds will probably come and get it for their nests 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:09

What I do isn't real forcing - it's just a bit of blanching really.  Real forcing involved digging the plant up and exposing the root to frost, then taking into a dark and warm building.

Just blanching with a rhubarb pot or similar doesn't exhaust the plant as long as you stop picking it at the end of May/early June - that way it's not producing for longer than a normally produced plant.  

Lots of well rotted farm yard manure in the autumn and it'll go on year after year like that with no deterioration, in my experience 

Standard Roses

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:04

This should help

The grafting point isn't down at soil level, it's up at the top where the variety is grafted onto the long cane of the rootstock. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:56

Tracey - I'm knitting a very complex lacy jumper for my daughter  - it takes a lot of concentration - as soon as I take my eyes off it it goes wrong all on it's own and I have to unpick a bit Grrrrrrrrrr!

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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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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Brown patch on lawn

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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

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Caterpillar ID

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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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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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