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Junior Gardeners World

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:08

Congratulations to Harry on winning a silver medal. I am sure there are many people who  will be  quick to criticise,but are not capable of achieving something like that, with or without help.

 Its a sad world, but  in Britain, anyone who excels, and pops their head above the parapet, as it were, will be the first to be knocked down.  (sorry about the mixed metaphors) As a nation , we do not seem able to praise those who do well, just drag them all down to a level of mediocrity.

Junior Gardeners World

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 22:35

Sorry Erica, But I have absolutely no idea what website you are on about.

potato plants

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 15:19

They have flowered and formed seed pods. They are  NOT tomatoes (although they are the same family), and are NOT edible.

 The potatoes formed on the roots are fine to eat.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 14:39

 annual spurge.  aka Euphorbia.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 14:37

Its a bit late. It will probably be tough and woody at this stage. Let it die down naturally and build its strength up for next year.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 14:35

Nice trench. were you in the tank corps?  or REME. My dad was in the REME, and my Grandad was a  RSM in REME during WW2. They both like  (or liked) wide straight paths, and things planted in straight lines.  No floppy shrubs. My mums floppy shrubs got pruned into a hedge while she was out shopping, cutting off all the flower buds off the lavatera and philadelphus.My dads currently on a mission to concrete or slab over as much lawn as possible.

Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:52

Is the soil acid or alkaline?. clay or sand?

How do I take cuttings off my busy lizzie.

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:50

Busy lizzies root easily in a glass of water. Just cut off a shoot, remove lower leaves (which would rot in water) and leave in a glass of water until roots appear. When there are plenty of roots, pot it up. Keep it frost free. They won't survive outside in winter.  Feed with a high potash fertiliser to get lots of flowers next year.

If anyone has a Brugmansia,( formerly called datura)you can do it with those as well. I take shoots about a foot long and pencil thick, and leave in a large coffee jar of water in the kitchen windowsill all winter. In spring there will be roots , and I pot them into 6 inch pots of compost.  The original plant has to be cut down for the winter anyway. This is insurance against losing the original plant in the greenhouse for the winter.

Moans about GW

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:27

I don't see why one of the channels can't be BBC sport, and leave the gardening programmes alone.  As an experienced gardener, I find Beechgrove a bit basic. (I still watch it.)When I was a newbie I used to watch Percy Thrower avidly.

 When Carol Klein did her "plants for free" programmes some years ago, I am sure that a lot of people learnt how to do basic propagation.  The whole series could  be repeated. With new gardeners coming along all the time, and new methods of propagation with a scientific basis, then it could even be part of the schools science package.

There is also a place for aspirational gardens, paradise gardens here and abroad.  I will never be able to achieve the jungle garden of Trebah, but I can fantasise on a cold winters night with a lottery ticket clutched in my grubby little hand.

 Even through the winter months, surely the odd programme could be shown, say new introductions by the seed companies, new varieties of plants etc, while we are clutching sheaves of garden porn (glossy catalogues promising the earth),  and salivating over new veggies and fruit for next year.  

 We can only dream......

My Perennial Hibiscus.

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:02

I keep forgetting you're in Canada. Frost in September  Brrrrr.

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