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Unknown bulbs

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:23

Little ones could be snowdrops. Bigger ones could be snowflakes.

Difficult to tell really, A lot of bulbs look the same. Stick them in the ground and see what comes up. Plant with twice as much soil above bulb, as height of bulb.

what to grow next year

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:16

Sweetcorn will do best outside planted in a block, in the soil not a line. They are wind pollinated.

You can get indoor or outdoor cucumbers.  The long ones you get in the supermarket are indoor cucumbers grown in a greenhouse.

You can grow short "ridge"cucumbers such as marketmore outside.

Talkback: Growing root vegetables

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:13

Alan , your potatoes sound like they have a nasty blight fungus. Do they smell? Did the top leaves turn brown?

You pick aples when they will part easily from the tree. If you cut one in half and the pips are brown, then they are ready. Size and redness depends on variety and crop load on the tree.

More Tomatoes

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:03

This might sound like a silly question, bigolob, but do you smoke? Also some medicines can alter your sense of taste. Check the leaflets in the pack.

My dad thought tomatoes had lost their flavour, until he gave up smoking and he got his sense of taste back.

 He much prefers yellow sungold these days, sprinkled with salt, followed by gardeners delight.

Thalictrum seeds

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 17:38

They turn brown, and when you run the seed head through your fingers, the seeds detach. I always double wrap seeds. Ie make a little envelope for the seeds, then put that in the envelope you're posting.   A use for all those junk mail envelopes that come through the letterbox


Tip's and trick's of the trade.

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 14:46

guttering is a great idea for peas. You can hang it up in the greenhouse and the mice cant get at them.

However for sweet peas I always use the deep roottrainers that you can get at the garden centre, They are reusable. I have had mine for several years now, and they work great.

seed share

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:50

No, Nut I didn't get any seeds from you.  I thought maybe you didn't have enough.

seed share

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:18

I'm still looking for yellow rattle if there is any about.

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:15

What seeds would you like.?

also, the garden centre group have reduced all their flower and veg seeds to 50p a packet. Check the dates on the back. Foil wrapped seeds will be fine for next year.

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:14

Save me a glass of Bolly

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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What leaves do you like to smell? 
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John Masseys garden is open this Saturday behind Ashwood Nursery. 
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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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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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