Latest posts by figrat

Fork Handles

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 17:02

A view of my garden from my computer desk, taken by a friend who visited the other day. If you look VERY closely you can see an embarrassment of cobwebs on the window!

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 20:52
Bump for Sarah Novice

Autumn Sowing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 20:50
If you have a trawl through the threads on here, you'll find one called 'Sweet Pea Queries' or similar, started by David K. He is a regular poster, and a sweet pea guru. He has kindly offered to guide us all through sweet pea cultivation, so may I suggest that you repost on that thread? If you do, then we can all learn from each other rather than from different threads scattered around the site.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 12:53
I'm wondering whether banana skins might work?

Tomatoes - pinching out

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 08:33
My neighbours had the lowest growing branches on their towering beech trees lopped off yesterday, means the toms should get another hour or so's sun in the late afternoon. Current harvest to date: 1 Gardener's delight ( and see post above!)

What a strange season

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 20:20
One of my foxgloves has just come into flower. And my 'winter flowering' clematis has been in bloom since late June. Maybe I'll get a decent crop from my runner beans in February.

Hellebore - Something Lovely in The Middle of Winter

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 19:27
Problem with garden centres is that they often don't display them till they're in flower. Have you had a look on the net? RHS plant finder can be very helpful.

Soil or Compost??

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 19:21
Garden soil in containers may not drain adequately- what sort of soil do you have in mind? Generally a multi purpose compost would be adequate, but unfortunately these seem to have become a bit of a lottery as regards which brand is best. Loads of organic fertilisers- pelleted chicken manure, fish blood and bone, comfrey tea...I am sure other posters will respond as well.

Tomatoes - pinching out

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:24

A bit grumpy as I was snipping off yellowing leaves off my pink brandywine and cut off one of the still rebarbatively green fruits. If not ripe by weekend (currently snuggling up to very ripe bananas in kithchen) guess it'lll be fried green tomatoes with saturday breakfast.

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:21

Have decided to dig up a spiraea arguta. Been thinking about it for a while now, but as it's in one of the potentially sunniest bits of the garden, I know it's done its time. Going to be a bit nervewracking though, as there's a very healthy clump of cyclamen, which are in flower now, quite close to it. So plan is to make a nice little nest lined with leafmould, then scoot the cyclamen over into the shady border and hope they don't notice.

Took bloke to hospital today for check up, he has to keep nelson sling on for another fortnight. Don't they get under your feet when they can't do anything?

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Last Post: 11/04/2013 at 14:17

Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Last Post: 10/06/2012 at 22:13

Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Last Post: 27/06/2013 at 16:57

Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 07:08

What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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Last Post: 19/04/2012 at 16:01
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