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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

solar or not

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 22:20

Solar panels were installed on my sons school extension last year.

Exactly gg, that's what I do.

Green tomatoes

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 15:02

We're going to try them and then if nothing comes from them, buy seed instead.

Green tomatoes

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:09

I bought some tomatoes called Sweet Emerald from Tesco yesterday. They don't change colour but stay green. I tried one and it was just like eating a ripe red tomato. I've saved some seed to try growing plants, but I wondered if anyone had actually grown them from seed?

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:44

Ladygardener2, seeds arrived today, thanks

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:38

Lyn and Perki, seeds arrived today. thanks


solar or not

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:53

Solar panels are guaranteed to last 25 years, the inverter which turns DC in AC is guaranteed to last 10 years. We did ours under a govt scheme (14 panels) and sell back any unused power. We get about £1500 back but we got in early as I don't think the pay is as good as it used to be, but if you are a big electric user its worth doing. Make sure to get quotes from 3-5 companies as the installation could vary alot. We don't regret getting ours done.

I have a young smoke bush

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:48

Leave it alone, I don't do anything to mine. You can prune to a shape before it starts sprouting next year.

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:44

 From my OH, Garlic is best ignored, it needs to suffer. Don't water or anything. It will sit there for a while and then when its had a frost it should kick into life. These are the 2 things my OH grows every year.

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:42

From my OH, at this time of year they will be slow to ripen. If you want them to ripen they need heat and sun. It is not unknown for them to take up to 2 months to ripen fully this time of year. We currently have some ricottos that have not ripened yet and have been full size for 3 months now. So you can wait or you can eat them green.


seed swap

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:38

Don't worry about it gran, something for us swappers to look forward to.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 21:51

Green tomatoes

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

Moses in the bulrushes

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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
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