Garden Maniac

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Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:26

Hosetails - Dig them up - it doesn't stop it, but it culls it for a period of time - be prepared to do this perpetually though!! I have tried to live with this problem for 45 + years, since a child!  Whenever it makes an appearance, do away with it. Once it's there, it revels in the space and won't go -  you just move it on.  I've even tried membranes / paving over it and digging out a whole driveway- it just comes back to the side - all you do is move the problem. That's not to say persistence doesn't work - in the short term....I'm just prepared to do battle now every year. 

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:16
Its Gardener's delight every time for me - and tumbling tom in the hanging baskets. Last year was a brilliant year! Like Happymarion, I still have last year's tomato and basil soup in the freezer - just waiting for the occasion to fetch it out!
This year, having found some old seeds of italian beefsteak tomatoes, I planted them all (early in January) expecting failure... I have no less than 48 potted on plants - I'm giving them away like wildfire at the moment!If I don't get a good crop, it's probably due to overcrowding! :)

Flies in compost

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:25

Alan ... We have also had a meat fly in the new kitchen.  Don't have a clue where its come from and just one!!  In the Conservatory, we also have mini flies in and around the compost in pot plants and trays - these are usually taken care of by the organic traps (ie spiders) which are effective controls.  Think when the heat rises, these lazy individuals come out...  don't know the cause though... 

Black eyed Susan

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:52

 Thanks all - it's now just starting to die back in the cold... 

I will grow it again though as it's well worth the effort !!!!  

Merry Christmas all...and happy post Christmas growing!



Posted: 17/12/2013 at 21:06

Hi all - now the plant is dying off have examined the root and plant structure - it seems there may be 2 plants (without digging it up I can't investigate further) in the same pot - but that doesn't account for 3 colours / different colours to the original.  I celebrate it's difference and it has caused us much discussion!  It's lovely and I feel there are other users that have experienced the same... I'm tending to call it value for money, lol!  ( given a harsh winter it may kill it off...


Talkback: Trees in winter

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 20:56
The starlings and house sparrows 'conceal' themselves daily in the shrubs in my garden - particularly the one over the waterfall to the pond where they drink and bathe all year round! There are shrubs developed in the last 15 years, however they are dense and evergreen, produce berries (eaten already) and I am guaranteed the lovely sound of chattering sparrows all year!

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 20:49
We have redeveloped our front block paved driveway from a 3/4 car parking space into a bordered green gem - no grass but plenty of growing spaces which attract all sorts of insects and bees and are far more successful than the back garden in terms of growing species of seasonal plant. We have a magnolia 'limelight' as the star, several tea roses and seasonal planting which thrives both horizontally and vertically. It has taken gardening to a whole new dimension and has encouraged favourable comments from the neighbours too. As an added bonus, we have also incorporated several square metre gardening raised beds into our design (as per David Hurrion's talk at GW live this year and the magazine articles) and we look forward to harvesting (and photographing) the results!


Posted: 28/10/2013 at 20:42
Gardengirl.. wrote (see)

That is beautiful like

Thanks Garden Girl - as I say, I'm not disappointed, just curious!  It is lovely though! 




Posted: 28/10/2013 at 20:38

Lol! obviously the GW seeds were all successful!! Great to hear and glad I planted so many of them!  Thanks for the replies!  dean alex, interesting though - this is baffling me! 

Black eyed Susan

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 19:38

 Hi - I bought this in the spring as an interesting small climber that gives colour all summer long - there is no other instruction.   The description so far has been spot on and I love this plant for its colour and tenacity - I don't know much else about it though... will it survive the winter?  How can I help...?  Answers gratefully recieved please, I love this plant! 

Discussions started by Garden Maniac

Grape Vine Problems...

My vine has no foliage or fruit this year...  
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Black eyed Susan

Is it hardy... 
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Colour changed plant...  
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Grape Vine Care

Pruning and overwintering... 
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Grape Vine Care

Feeding and re-potting a Grape Vine 
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Seed raising problem

Small roots and plants from seed 
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Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Disease, cold or watering problem? 
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Torbay Palm

Can I move them? 
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