Latest posts by frensclan

Aquilegia Seeds

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:20

Thanks for this Bob and Alina. Just as well I have just washed out all my small pots from earlier in the season! One of the many jobs I have found myself doing as I get outside pottering job withdrawal symptoms. Heavy cloud and now more rain up here in the north west so a job for tommorrow methinks.  

Aquilegia Seeds

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 14:20

I have an envelope of seeds that I have saved from the dreadful weather and was going to split the sowing as above , some this year and some next. My ? is should I sow the ones this year directly into the soil where I want them or in pots for planting out??

Slugs and snails

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:04

Porridge oats even the cheap ones ( own brand small milled) are supposed to work and although this kills the slugs does not harm any other wildlife that then eats the slugs like hedgehogs and birds. I have bought the oats and am about to sprinkle them around as I would have done with my slug pellets. Have heard this works really well. We actually have a small area of blue (yes blue) sky showing at the moment so will get out there and get scattering this afternoon.

Drowning fruit tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:14

Many thanks for this   Flowerchild, sadly I did think I might not be able to save it. Just hoping the rest do not go the same way. If we do get complete leaf fall I will try this. Still raining so am expecting the worst.

Drowning fruit tree

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 21:21

I am in the process of planting up a new garden from scratch and we planted half a dozen young fruit trees last autumn. We garden on heavy clay which has resulted in parts of the garden resembling a pond on many occasions this year. One of the trees ( a damson) sitting at the lowest point in the little orchard is showing signs of distress and the leaves are turning  yellow. I am thinking this is due to the planting hole being filled with water due to the constant heavy rain we have had over the last 2 months. I had thought I could dig a sump hole about 3 foot away with a drainage trench from the planting hole?

Has anyone got any other ideas about how I could save this young tree?

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:36

I have always grown sweet peas but am in a new garden (well was a bit of a field last year which we are slowly bringing back to cultivation) which is on heavy clay and floods at the first sign of rain of which we have had a lot up here in Carlisle. Still I have 3 lots of sweet peas on the go. One batch sown in pots and planted out about 5 weeks ago another straight into the ground which looked so unwilling to go that I planted climbing beans in between them and a few spares I put in an old plastic box. All seem to be going well and in fact the ones sown straight into the ground soon caught up with and overtook the earlier pot ones and are now flowering in amongst some reluctant bean plants. I had my first vase of flowers yesterday. I use feed made from either comfrey or dandilions whichever is growing at the time. Both seem to really get things going. So far the waterlogged soil does not seem to have harmed the plants although I have notices that a lot of the flower stems are a little shorter this year.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:31

Just read the above response from the BBC wbehich I did have first as an automatic message but this is the unsatisfactory reply I finally got from them:
Dear ...... 

Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘Gardeners’ World’ on BBC Two.

I understand you’re unhappy the programme won’t be broadcast during the month of July.

‘Gardeners’ World’ is incredibly important to BBC Two and we’re aware that it has a very loyal audience.  However we have to balance that with the channel’s many other commitments including sport.

The transmission of sporting events is dependent on their dates and every year we juggle the schedule to accommodate Wimbledon, Athletics (including the Olympics) and The Open golf which are contractual sports.  This sometimes means that ‘Gardeners’ World’ takes a break but it isn’t the only programme affected and it’s necessary to move all types of programming around in the schedule.

Monty Don did advise viewers at the end of the episode on 22 June that the programme would be taking a break but would return in a month’s time.

I’d like to assure you I've registered your complaint on our audience log.  This is an internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily and is available for viewing by all our staff.  This includes all programme makers and channel controllers, along with our senior management.  It ensures that your points, along with all other comments we receive, are considered across the BBC.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints

Has anyone else had this self same reply??? consoled myself today by buying a couple of gardeneing books to curl up with in this continual rain as there is little chance of getting out at all this week.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:04

I have jusr had a really unsatisfactory reply from the BBC basically "tough" in so many other words. they had the nerve to imply I should have been grateful that Monty at least gave us a "heads up" that it would be off the air for a month. Aparently the BBC have to balance the needs of a terribly "loyal" GW audience with the need to transmit sport et. al. and "sometimes" I quote have to take GW off to balance the needs of other viewers. What about the endless repeats and reruns, not to mention the repeat of many programmes later in the week or at the weekend. i don't really think the BBC are bothered and to take GW off the i player is just typical. so glad I have my old tapes to watch to keep me going for the forseeable!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:01

Been raining here , it seems like forever. Our garden ( on heavy clay) has been a pond more times than I like to think this year. We are turning it into a raised bed, decking and wildlife pond haven as I type. Rain today again and more of the same for the rest of the week according to the forecast. We have had so little sunshine or warmth that all  my vegies are struggling to get going at all. I know I add the extra 4 weeks onto Gardeners world times but so far even my parsnips are only about 4" high . Much less flower on things like peas also and as for beetroot and carrot struggling there too. Still perhaps I shall have high hopes for the rest of the month of July!!!!!

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 16:47

country file manages to be on every sunday; which I enjoy but they often have programmes that seem made up of clips from old ones! So why is it never off because of other programme priorities? Is it that porgrammes traditionally shown on a sunday are less likely to be disrupted? or perhaps there is a stronger lobby for it in the BBC If so lets have Gardeners World moved to a sunday please. I noted in an earlier comment that Monty is away filming for another series but really how did they manage when he was ill. His co presenters performed heroically so surely they could hold the fort for a few weeks? I say move it to a sunday and lets have it as a weelky programme throughout the year please BBC

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