Latest posts by figrat

hair loss

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 11:34

would recommend regular spiking to keep it in tip top condition

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 11:20

I do belt and braces - each year I grow some in the gh, and some outdoors. Last year I grew 3 GD in a border, 2 San Marino in pots next to a sunny wall, 2 Brandywine in 1 gh, 2 GD and 1 Alicante in the other. For the first time in years the outdoor ones didn't get blight (hurrah), but given the choice and the weather, I do think that outdoor ones taste best. As my ghouses are on hard standing, I grow them in pots filled with a mixture of growbag and home made compost, and stand them on a long tray filled with gravel - just seems to make it easier to water them. I also didn't pinch out the outdoor ones, as I read that it makes them more prone to blight, and the GD got enormous. THis year I've got 6 GD on the go, and 3 Alicante. I'm also trying to get some rather elderly moneymaker seed going for a tetraplegic friend - MM certainly wouldn't be my first choice.Right, off to get in bath (got soaked in hailstorm bringing in the washing). Bloke and I off to the seaside as fish 'n' chip shop there just been voted second best in the country. Somehow think we won't be eating it outside...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 11:07

Hail stopped play .

Dog Area

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 09:45

I didn't believe it till I saw it, but a local lady has a lurcher that she's trained to poo directly into a bag. She puts the opened bag down on the pavement or wherever, the dog positions itself and produces. Dog unfortunately hasn't got opposable thumbs so can't tie up the handles itself, but still pretty impressive.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 09:38

Cloudless blue sky here. Off to hang out yesterday's washing.

Rose Swags

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:47
Don't forget the cardboard box!

tonights gardeners world

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:34
@ billy nomates Would try acclimatising them (ie hardening off) before submitting them to the outside world.

Dog Area

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:18
I've done a lot of long distance sailing, and other sailors with dogs had a very cunning strategy. They put a square of AstroTurf on deck, and the dogs were trained to use this as a toilet area. When they'd done their stuff, the AstroTurf (tethered to a line) was chucked overboard to be sluiced off. I'm not suggesting that you set sail, but something along those lines might be worth considering.

Rose Swags

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:01
Forgot to say also have 2 Mme Alfred Carrires, vigorous growers ( but not rambling rector rampant!). Growth much more a climber than rambler habit, but sturdy, lovely blooms - though not as many as New Dawn / Blush Noisette.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 21:54
Blimey. This makes me feel so lucky. My house is in its own, tucked inside a granite walled garden but right in the middle of town. I let my neighbours keep their wheelie bins etc up my back passage (!) but the deal is they take all bins out on collection days and bring them back in. Never see them really. MP3 player sounds like a good strategy.

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