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Latest posts by franco6832

Why did you all start gardening?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 13:11

I was born in africa, so when i was young we always planted veg like peppers, corn, tomatoes and we had a lot of fruit trees like guava, mangoes,pears, pawpaw, bananna and plantain. when i first moved to the uk i only lived in flats till i got my own house and garden in 2006. it was just rubbish, brambles and a diseased apple and pear tree. over the years the garden has been transformed into my place of solace and oasis from the hussle and bussle of city life. my kids and OH always say i talk to my plants and give the plants more love than them. lol. I have tried to get them interested with no luck, so i have let them be. I am a plantaholic and always keep buying plants on the hoof so there is always winging of the garden being full of plants with no where to i have definately caught the bug and get withdrawal syndrome around this time of year. The first thing i do every morning, is draw the curtains and gaze at my bare paradise with yearning and anticipation for the coming season. roll on spring, just cant wait to get out there and be one with nature again. I am sure my neighbours think i am bonkers or a pervert when i am standing still watching a garden which is virtually bare soil now, but in my mind i know how the garden looks in its full glory.Even as i watch the bare soil, i smile to myself knowing the beauty of what is hidden in the soil and what to expect in the coming season. lol, maybe i am just mad like my neighbours think. lol

New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 12:45

do i take it that, the original garden was on somebody's property? i am a bit confused. it was a very nice garden, i must admit.

urban gardening and cat poop

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 18:23

its one of the major problems us urban gardeners face. i have two neighbours who live in a block of flat with no gardens but about a dozen odd cats. i try as much as possible to cover all bare ground with plants. during the winter months, its futile, so every few days i go into the garden and pick all the stuff and lob them over the fence. i am always chasing them, so as soon as they see me they run off, but they still come back in the night or when noone is around. i have tried all manner of products which only work for a few days, so i dont waste money on any products, but use the cash on new plants instead. these bleeding urban cats are a pain in the backside. lol

Talkback: Winter shelter for wildlife

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:40

i have a little mouse as well. i grew a whole seed tray of seedlings which were doing fine, but within a few days the whole lot was eaten. so beware seedlings and mice dont mix. lol 

Storing Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:35

the stored tubers are quick off the mark because they are normally started off indoors which is a lot warmer but the ones in the ground take a bit longer for the ground to warm up before they start off, but eventually they do catch up. the problem with seeds, is u never know what colour u are going to get. the colour could be something u dont want or it might not fit in with the colour scheme of what u want to achieve.

when is the best to mulch/improve the soil

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 16:36

I am wondering, when is the best time to mulch , autumn or spring? what are the advantages of one against the other? any advice will be appreciated. thanks


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 16:39

looks like finished flower heads from the picture. just cut them off, keep the plants well watered and give it liquid feed once a week and u should get flowers till the first frost. good luck.

Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:01

its ironic how we struggle and fuss over growingcertain  plants in our gardens, and at times u go out on the trains and country walks and these same plants grow happily on railway verges without a care in the world. i travel between london bridge and east croydon often, and just before u arrive at east croydon ( on the slow line)  there are loads of lupins standing tall among all the brambles and weeds. it always brings a cheer to my face. i guess, its nature trying to tell me it can do it better and in a spectacular way too. lol

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:33

hmm, i hate forget me nots and the annual poppies. they spread everywhere. the bees love the poppies. i dont mind the bees feeding on the poppies, but they can get very huge overnite and crowd every other plant in their way. my favourites though are sweet peas and lilies, that is, if i can get the lily beetles away from them.


Posted: 21/05/2012 at 19:28

they do. They just bite bits of it to taste first. if its not tasty they move on to something else. the tip of my dianthus has just been bitten off cleanly but was not eaten. i suppose the snail spat it out and shouted "yuk" that tastes awful. lol

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