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Talkback: Growing fragrant sweet peas

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
Your freebies inspired me to plant them to grow up a trellis attached to my allotment shed. What a roaring success flanked by some Dianthus Doris and strawberrys. Erected to runner wigwams either side and the whole thing is absolutely glorious. My little pretend 'cottage garden' - the smell is glorious and transports me back to my childhood and my dad's garden. I never knew that he grew sweet peas but he must have - equally I never knew I liked them and I don't I LOVE them! To cap it all I am now a finalist in my local allotment association Best Kept Allotment [working class] which place will be announced on 10th September - due I am sure in no small part to this stunning display. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Talkback: Growing veg in containers: keep it cropping

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I am growing melons in a grow bag for the first. I think the male flowers have appeared & as soon as they are visited by bees/hover flies they close & die. Is this normal? I now appear to have the female flowers open which are doing the same thing. There appears to be a little ball underneath the flower, is this the baby melon?

Talkback: Strasbourg

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I've had some interesting moments looking for wildlife in parts foreign. In the Czech Republic I followed black redstarts into a quiet back street courtyard only to have a gate locked behind me (oops!) and on Lake Garda I wandered away from a group shopping in a very busy market and sat down with the waterfowl for half an hour. I try to learn 'I'm a birdwatcher' in whatever the native language is but you get some very strange looks being so fascinated in what many people consider everyday creatures. Holiday resort geckos can get a man into all sorts of trouble when they run up a wall beside someone's balcony..

Talkback: Starting a veg patch

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I admire Archie and his gang for their initial enthusiasm, but I think it's best to start off small growing 1 easy veg like beans and building up year by year.

Talkback: Sunflowers and hoverflies

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to take cuttings from sea holly, this year mine is actually growing, usually they die on me mine is a lovely shade of lilac, it would be good to pass on cuttings to family, any tips would be most welcome please

Talkback: Cherries, plums and gages

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I have a victoria plum tree which is about 4years old.This year it has been laden with fruit,it is only about 4feet tall. I want to move it as it is in my lawn but don't know the best time to do this as i don't want to loose it. anyone got any ideas when i should move it.

Talkback: Ornamental veg

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I have always grown veg in among my flowers, a necessity at first due to a shortage of space, but it really makes you realise just how beautiful veggies can be, not to mention the benefits of companion planting, such as the beneficial insects that are attracted, weeds are reduced, many of the flowers are edible and also end up in the salad bowl, it also encouraged me to find more unusual and beautiful varieties, I love the purple carrots!! (they were originally purple and white, long before we bred them to be orange, fashions change I guess) Along with stately globe artichokes and cardoons, purple kohl rabi, rainbow amaranth, coloured sweetcorn, my fave rainbow chard, pink and white flowering runners, red cabbages, purple cauliflower, yellow courgettes, blue pumkins, multicoloured viola, nasturtiums, calendula, chives, sunflowers. All beautiful delicious and really nutritious as a health benefit it has increased the range of different coloured foods we eat benefitting from the healthy pigments they contain, which scientists have shown don't simply affect you psychologically, these pigments such as anthocyanins and carotenoids, and the related beneficial chemicals contained, have been shown to have real physical health benefits. Not to mention homegrown always tastes sooo much better than anything in the shops, and the weird colours really helped encourage my freinds' little ones who are usually salad and veggie dodgers to try foods they would never normally eat! :) Thanks to GW for giving me the courage and inspiration to experiment and try new varieties each year

Talkback: Gardening for bats

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
WE LOVE BATS! Just put up a bat house above the house vent on the north side of our house- To save the two who fly over our house, from the white nose virus. How can I get them to see it? Watched them fly around last night, but want to put a 'bat beacon porch light' over the entrance to the new house. Any ideas?

Talkback: Plume moths

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I have got white slugs in my garden

Talkback: Growing eryngiums

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
Ive always liked the look of Eryngiums but ive never grown them in my garden. Ive only got a small garden and they look as if they grow quite big, my front flower bed is quite narrow so i think they my look a little over powering. The colours of them are just beautiful though especially the blue.

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