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Latest posts by fidgetbones

electric seed propagators

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:26

I hope you have a good rcd,(circuit breaker) just in case.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:21

Does anyone know if Tesco have taken over Dobbies garden centres?

I bought a slim trowel from them yesterday, branded "dobbies select" for £4. Narrow stainless steel blade and a wooden handle, ideal for slipping in plugs or small bulbs in between things , I thought.

It just jumped into the basket with the bread and milk.

Kale

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:10

Brukale is a cross between brussel sprouts and kale. I got it from DT Brown.

Marks and Spencer were selling it at about £3 for 8 "flowers" as a speciality a couple of years ago. I thought I would give it a try. Little flowers grow all the way up the stem,a little like blown brussel sprouts. I steam them above the potatoes while the tatties are boiling. They are delish with a bit of butter on.  The two kales did well from June until January, then I took the tops out of the brukale which seemed to make the side shoots come on, the brukale is nearly finished now and I am picking purple sprouting broccoli.  All this from about 2m x 1m of shaded  veg patch.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:02

Good afternoon everyone. My last post disappeared!!!

Nice weather for ducks here. Shouldn't they be nesting by now?. This pair of mallards have been here since the beginning of march. Here in the day being fed, then back to the river at night. I assume this means they havn't built a nest yet.

I'm going to watch Hidcote too.

No more garden porn, I haven't got room for the plants in the greenhouse now.

JParkers

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 12:47

Parkers usually have freebies with an order instead of a discount code.

 Current offer is a free buddleja with all orders and free begonias if you spend over £50

CABBAGE WHITES

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 12:22

Farmers will spray regularly.

Enviromesh is the best solution if you don't want to spray. Make sure all the corners and edges.are pegged down well.

You can try planting nasturtiums nearby which the butterflies will use as a food crop instead. You sacrifice the nasturtiums but  protect the cabbages.

pinks

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:47

They do, but they need a trim after flowering to keep them bushy. As you have found, it is easy to take "pipings" to root and make new plants.

next season

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:34

I got 2 bags of glad, 1 of iris, 1 of anemone de caen, 1 of sparaxis. I've also got a bag of 50  Glad murielae that I'm going to dot through the grasses.

 The big glads are going in the veg patch for cutting for vases in the house.

next season

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:25

I got lidl bulbs at 5 bags for £5. Its a good job thats all they cost. I planted half of irises, only to watch the squirrels digging them up and carrying them away. The rest are going in pots in the polytunnel.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:20

I dont seem to be able to germinate bought seed for M. baileyii or grandis or sheldonii. The only ones I germinate are seed taken from a plant that has flowered in the garden. So I buy a plant, (last years is just poking through), and when it flowers I will save the seed. Some years it grows like cress, others it just damps off.

But the feeling when it flowers.....

Discussions started by fidgetbones

bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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Talkback: Growing kale

This year I have sown seaweed kale,cavolo nero, and brukale. I sow one seed to a module in the polytunnel, then plant out 30cm or a foot apa... 
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I am a sniffer.

What leaves do you like to smell? 
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For hellebore enthusiasts.

John Masseys garden is open this Saturday behind Ashwood Nursery. 
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HODSOCK PRIORY

intended trip on Wednesday 12th February 
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unusual bird nest

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Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

magazine/newspaper offers of plants or seeds for the cost of postage. 
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HARVEST FESTIVAL.

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Bug id please.

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odd aquilegias.

 
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tree bumblebees in a bird box

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Oxygenating sprinklers.

Pure rain v ordinary sprinkler. 
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How would you describe your garden?

typesof garden 
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solitary bees

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