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Gardeners World

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 20:16

Why is it Gardeners World is always the program the BBC sacrifices when any sort of sport is on television. 30mins a week isnt much - in fact its really quite pathetic considering how many people garden these days and im sure the BBC cld take something else off instead and move gardeners World to a later time.

Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 20:03
I live in Hungary where we can have up to 3ft of snow in one go - this year altogether 6ft as it was a bad winter.As soon as one lot started to go another lot came down but I cant say I have any trouble with evergreens as long as I go out and shake at least half the snow off. The only plant that really suffers is Lavender as the stems arnt strong enought to take the weight of 3 or 4 ft of snow.
However we do have fantastic Springs the temp for the past 5 wks have quickly jumped from 0 up to 82 and usually the frosts have gone by the end of March so unless we have a freak cold snap when the fruit trees are in flower we get good crops of fruit. All my veg garden is planted that includes toms and cucumbers as if I leave it any later the ground will be to hard to plant anything due to it being so hot from June to August. So for all we have rotten Winters Spring and Autumn are usually lovely and warm so I can be out from the end of March till almost the end of November. I must also say there is a part of Russia near the Black Sea that never get any frosts or minus temps so not all of Russia is covered in snow.

Talkback: Spring blossom

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 19:27
I have a Victoria plum tree that has now set fruit but again the tiny fruit have a black spot at the end. Ive opened the fruit and some have a tiny maggot so any ideas which insect has caused this? I did spray with Winter Tarwash this year and it has worked as about 50% of the fruit are ok which is a big bonus as ive never had a single plum in the 5yrs ive had this tree for the reason stated a tiny magot.

Apple Tree

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 11:19

The leaves on my apple trees are open now and some are distorted as tho the central vein is too short and others have blisters on one side of the leaf usually red in colour. Anyone know what this problem is?

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 21:03

Only soak if they are shriveled otherwise just pot up level to where the stalks start. Mine are about 5 inches tall now and I only started them 3 weeks ago. Ive been trying to download a pic for 3 days now but to no avail.

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 18:49

My friend and I think he talks a load of nonsence at times. I too have had the odd shrivelled tuber and like you once soaked for a few hrs have been perfectly ok. On many occasions  hes said a plant isnt hardy and here where the temps go down to -20 they survive perfectly ok. We think its time for a change!

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:32

I stored all my tubers in a box pushed under a wardrobe so to keep them in the dark. They all survived and 2 weeks ago I potted them all up and I now have shoots about 4 inches tall. I usually put the whole tuber in a pot of damp compost but leave the old stem sticking out.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 12:10

No such thing as recycling here certainly not garden wise, and I dont think anything wise. In Autumn people burn leaves and the rest of the year all garden rubbish is burned too. Ive no idea what the compost is as all the writing is in Hungarian but to me it seems dead abit like the cheap stuff you can puy at UK petrol stations. Its heavy hard and crumbly, theres no sign of any fertilizer or perlite in it and no sign of any peat or peat substitute either. Now the garden is almost finished id like to start my hanging baskets and tubs but until I can find something that doesnt turn hard in summer its a waste of time and money so I was wondering if I added some peat (Its here in abundance) perlite (havent seen it yet) and slow release ferilizer it might help it, as it certainly cant do it any harm. When I say smell Busy-Lizzie I mean that lovely earthy smell you get in some composts.

Talkback: Moles

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 00:17

In answer to Cholet comment on moles you obviously dont have a problem with moles otherwise you would understand why people will try anything to get rid of them. Imagine a  lovely clump of Tulips just coming into flower the next day all wilted and when you touch the leaves they all come out the ground minus bulbs, the next day another clump and then in the afternoon the same thing happens to a nice clump of daffodils. Lovely new plants mainly perennials planted a few days later wilting why the moles have run under half of them eating all the roots as they go and without roots no plants so on the compost heap they go and I never even saw them flower. My lawn can sink after heavy rain anywhere up to 6 inches where their runs are and one year after a bad winter we took a truck up the garden to remove some rubble and the ground just caved in with the weight ontop of the mole runs. It took my husband and 2 friends nearly 2 days to jack it up and fill the ground in so we cld move the truck. Yes you can put soil in the hole and some seed then an hour later they ve come up again so you do the same again then half an hour they ve pushed it all out again and this can go on for hours until I or the mole gives up. Ive even stuck a stone down the hole to try and move them on but the next day the stone is up in the middle of a mole hill. Until you have moles you will never under understand the destruction they can cause and its not just lawns they destroy when they want a rest from grass they then start on all yr plants.


Posted: 18/02/2013 at 23:46

I live in a country where John Innes composts dont exist only whats produced here the trouble is its black stains my hands has no smell at all and just doesnt feel right.  Does anyone know why its like this and is there anything I can do to improve it enough to make it useable.


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