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Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:14

Good morning all  It's a glorious morning - just the day to visit East Ruston 

anyone else coming or have I got to visit it for you? 

Autumn leaves

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:01

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:59

I've grown some old favourites and some new varieties this year - some have been successful, and some less so.

Runner Beans - I grew Wisley Magic for the second year running - last year they did well in an atrocious season.  This year, after a slow start they're cropping amazingly well - prolific trusses of long straight flat beans - really show quality, virtually stringless and with a fantastic proper runner bean flavour.  I will be growing these again next year.

Courgettes - Last year I grew Parador yellow courgettes and had a really good crop, again in an awful summer.  I couldn't get the seeds this year so have grown Soleil, but have been disappointed.  Lovely looking plants, no mildew to speak of, but a poor crop really.  I shall be searching out Parador for next year.

Broad Beans - I planted Aquadulce Claudia direct into the veg patch last October - they grew well and stood up to about 2 ft of snow for over 2 months.  We had a really good crop of tasty beans in early June.  I've ordered some more seeds.

Swiss Chard - This summer I've been growing Lucullus - fantastic!  Much bigger and better plants and more tender and tastier than the ruby chard I've grown in the past.  I've sown some more for autumn/spring picking and have ordered more seed for next year.

Autumn leaves

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:40

Aw, thanks Flowersforbees!!!  That's lovely!!!  Our hedgies like a mixture of dried mealworms, chopped peanuts, sunflower hearts, banana chips and bought hedgehog biscuits.  We make sure there's always a shallow bowl of rainwater out for them and they always have a good drink too.  

Nut, I find it really hard to believe that out in the sticks where you are, wth all the other wildlife around, there are no hedgehogs -  how sad   I know you've got thrushes and grass snakes - I'd have thought they'd have similar needs.  Maybe your hedgehogs are just very shy .... 

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:34

Press Control and F5 at the same time after you've posted - see if that works 

Also just check that you've not 'Ignored' yourself by accidently clicking the 'Ignore' button which appears when you hover the curser over your Avatar. 

Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:20

Hurrah!!!  Looks brilliant Tracey 

Very large buddleia - can I prune it right back?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:18

The groundsmen at work can - but they're the exception that proves every rule 

Very large buddleia - can I prune it right back?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:58

I usually cut them back roughly in November, to avoid wind-rock loosening the roots in the winter, then cut them right back as I said, to knee height in the spring - pruning to an outward facing bud and taking out very thin or crossing branches right out.

Autumn leaves

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:53

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 20:27

Yes Verdun, they'll have to wait until next year to use them, but they do work 

However Lawn Grub Killer contains Provado and is being withdrawn at the end of this month because of the ban due to concerns that it is killing bees.  See the link I posted.

Selling it after 30th September will be an offence, as will using it after the end of November.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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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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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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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Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 15:26

Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 22:02

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 21:14

World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 08:02

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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Last Post: 21/04/2014 at 21:25

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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