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Posted: 25/08/2014 at 15:45

Thanks Mel M I'll have a look. I'll PM you.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 11:57

Have garden pearl and sungold in hanging baskets that are absolutely heaving with fruits. About half are ripe and half still to ripen. Red Alert also in abundance, and Costolutos have done really well this year, only my second year of growing them. Some have ripened but I picked off all I could reach last night to ripen on the windowsill. I've grown all my plants on a deck where they get baked by the sun (when we have it)all day.

Mel M, I haven't heard of Amish Paste or Pink Oxheart before. Any chance of you saving some seed?

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 18:00

I got into it when my OH bought his first house. He wasn't into plants and I lived in a flat and just grew a few things on a balcony. Fast forward 15 years and while we are not gardenaholics, we enjoy growing some of our own, planting, propagating and watching what grows and flowers.

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:38

I've got three that come in our garden, a pair and one single one who from time to time 'lives' in our garden. Yesterday in the pouring rain he was in the birdbath. He never drinks from it, preferring to drink rainwater from a flat roof.  I know he's a boy because of the 'hey ladies, I'm a handsome woodpigeon, look at my feathers' dance he does that has the opposite effect on any female bird that comes in the garden.

box on wheels

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:24

Some of the shows have stalls that sell them. I bought mine at GW Live a few years ago. And Lakeland do them.

is there such thing as a cherry tomatoe BUSH?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 16:26

I grow bush tomatoes and I don't overwinter them. I start with fresh seed every year. It just means they grow in a bush shape and you don't need to do all that pinching out shoots so you get trusses up the main stem. That's why they are good for hanging baskets, no staking or pinching out shoots.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:24

If there are any you want, do join in.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:18

 I've just picked some Lychnis (fuchsia pink) and Digitalis Lutea seeds once I've shelled them I'll check what I've got and put up a list. Could be a couple of weeks though.

Whats in my Keyhole!

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 22:26

Could it have been one of those solitary bees? I'm sure I'm wrong though.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:30

You could

1. Cut the dead stems on your side and plant some low growing perennials.

2. If you and your neighbour want to replace with a more manageable barrier, you could try laurel. You plant as whips and just trim to shape and depth.

3. Yew berries if I remember correctly are poisonous so if you have little ones it might be best to avoid that one.

I'm sure more ideas will follow as there are a lot of inventive people on the forum.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Green tomatoes

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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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Moses in the bulrushes

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What to do when the plant has gone over 
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