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Posted: 13/07/2013 at 09:10

Remember to keep cutting them, and bringing them inside, to keep the flowers coming too. Mine are only just starting to flower now so I'm very envious.

PS you type very well for a 3 year old Mike....


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 08:55

Morning all. Hot again here already so won't get much done other than basics- too hot for me Makes me sleepy rather than preventing me sleeping. Meant to be cooler today but the forecast this morning said no so won't be able to do much outside. May get some painting done- outside of fence still to do if I can stand the heat!

blackest I think that's the  reasoning- you're not letting the house get to such a low temperature that it uses lots of energy getting back up to speed. That's the theory anyway! With older stone houses anyway. My last house was like that- Victorian sandstone -and like a fridge during the night, so the boiler had to use far more energy to heat the house up and it took forever to feel warm. Keeping it at a reasonable level means it's using less overall.

Gilly that's a lot of redcurrants- do you make  jelly with them?

Gardening Novice

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 22:21

Hi Chris.  I'd start by having a look in books and magazines - or online - to get an idea of the 'look' you'd like -  contemporary, rustic, formal  etc. and decide whether you'd like some scented plants or more of a foliage look. Some evergreens are probably a good idea as they will give structure all year round and you can add colours and flowers through the seasons with bulbs in late winter and spring, and some summer flowering annuals or perennials, or use shrubs which flower at different times.Do you have colours you particularly like - that's a good starting point.

No matter what size your patio is try and avoid lots of little pots here and there. Grouping larger pots together is always a better look. If you have a long run of wall you can do a line of pots all the same and with the same plant/shrub which is very effective. A set of steps can have matching pots each side or a run up one side of the same thing. If you don't have a lot of time you'll need impact but not maintenance. How you use the plants is the key. Once you decide on the look it's easier to make actual suggestions on the individual plants.

If you can put some pix on that will help too. Hope that's of some use 

Garden sculpture

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:43


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:36

He's not a bad soul that Verd right enough Sue....even if he was very cheeky to me on Morning Forkers earlier...!!  

Bit of a fluke my toms Sue - the  sunny weather recently has helped enormously. We're usually sheltering from rain not sun here...

Hundreds of strawberry plants-what do i do with them

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:29


Would it take forever to collect them for jam then!

Tomatoe problem

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:25

Sounds like blossom end rot Jazzy. Usually happens when watering's a bit haphazard -ie  if the plants dry out too much between watering- it prevents the fruits taking up nutrients properly.Keeping the soil moist usually prevents it - difficult with the weather this year too. When you feed, make sure the soil is moist first otherwise it runs straight through (I'm assuming you use a liquid feed) Nothing you can do about the affected ones unfortunately.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:08

How does that proverb go Verd - 'do as you would be done by'... No - nothing to do with gardening maybe, but maybe gardeners are more aware of the cycle of life than others are. Not a bad way to be is it? 

not even got buds on buddleia yet  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 20:21

They were inside for ages on window sill with a radiator under it BL! They were well on and flowering before they went outside and because of the awful spring I waited because I don't have a greenhouse or anything here. Bought a couple of those little plastic ones. I've got a few others that I bought cheap and they're flowering now too so I'll get a succession which is good.

I'll swap you some toms for some strawbs KEF!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 19:41

KEF- steady on! I made a nice tomato sauce with the toms I picked today and we had it with pasta. I've got loads of toms about to ripen so I'll send you some!

Here they are:


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