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Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:56

Snap Nut, and both at the same time too 

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:55


Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:48

Oooh, the Morning Thread needs bumping up!  


im going to pots :)

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:43

Well, yes you can grow them - a well-lit conservatory or a greenhouse will be needed - and you need properly harvested seeds from fruit that have been allowed to ripen while still on the vines, and a variety that has been developed to produce well in home-growing conditions in the UK.  

Lots of info here

If you've got the right sort of place why not pop into a garden centre next spring and buy two or three seedling plants to start with - then you can pot them on and get used to what sort of care they need - then if you've been successful with harvesting some fruit, then the following year if you've still got the 'Pepper Bug' you can buy some suitable seeds and get sowing 

I don't have a conservatory or greenhouse so I bought some chilli plants this spring and grew them on in pots on my patio - brilliant - will do it again next year.  Bell peppers can be moved outside into a sheltered spot if we're lucky with the summer again next year, once the weather has warmed up

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:37

Verdun   I don't want to labour the point, but what I've read tells me that clover in a lawn treated now will absorb the Provado which will be contained in the clover pollen next summer.

Rubin blackberries

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:32


I'm confused because you say that you've not pruned them, then you say you cut them down in the spring   

Do you water them?  Cane fruit like raspberries and blackberries need plenty of water.

Primocane means that they fruit on the current year's growth so, like autumn-fruiting raspberries, they should be cut down to ground level in Jan/Feb.  Do that, give them some FB&B and plenty of water and you should have fruit next year.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:25

I have watched it - I watched the whole of the first series- it made me feel distinctly uncomfortable   One of my great aunts was head housekeeper in a stately home.  Her sister 'married above her station' and was treated abysmally by her affluent and ambitious inlaws.  My mother was taken out of school and sent to skivvy for her grandmother when her housemaid was away with her sick mother as the grandmother wouldn't pay for another housemaid but wouldn't manage without as she had her position in society to keep up.  

But each to their own of course  Just explaining my take on it. 

Downton's no more real than Eastenders is.

Gingercake for teatime today I think 

killing creeping ivy

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:04

Keep cutting it down to the base.  In the spring when new leaves appear bruise them with your fingers and then spray with SBK brushwood killer and leave until it has died back - it will take some time.  Every time fresh new leaves appear repeat as above.  That will kill ivy off and you can then dig the roots out.

But if there are other ivy plants in the area they willl spread so you will probably need to do this every spring.

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:01

The big problem with Provado is that once a plant has been treated with it, any pollen produced by that plant later in the year, or in following years, contains Provado - so avoiding treating when the plant's not in flower just doesn't get around the problem of the bees being affected.

Many of the plants we buy from the GC have already been treated with it. 

Robin watch

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:54

Robins love mealworms.  Ours also enjoys a mix especially designed for insectivorous birds - there are several brands available - remember that robins aren't good at hanging on feeders like bluetits - they need feeders designed with more perching room or flat feeders. 

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