Gary Hobson

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How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:54
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Lyn, it looks like you're doing a pretty good job. What lovely views you have. You could post your pictures in the "garden gallery" thread. Lots of people have been looking at that and your garden is well worth looking at.

I agree that those photos would be worth posting. By putting them in this Tidy thread, they'll soon be forgotten. By putting them in the photos thread, we'll all see how your garden comes to life, as the months tick away.

It's dead easy for anyone to post a photo of their garden looking at it's best, taken last Summer (I've done it myself). It's much more interesting, and inspiring to others, to see how a garden really is, right now.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:40

My experience trying to grow carrots has been pathetic. But Jess grew some carrots last year, didn't she.

I can grow cress (no soil required).You can have that in a sandwich too.

best shredder for evergreen shrubs

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:25
steephill wrote (see)

I use a Bosch machine ....

I also have a Bosch shredder, an AXT 2000HP. I have several other Bosch tools, and been very satisfied with all of them.

This shredder is ideal for digesting small branches, and bamboo. As steephill says, shredders can become clogged by too much soft leafy material. The solution is to leave any dead branches which have a lot of soft leaves on them (such as privet) for a couple of weeks until the leaves have withered and dropped off, and then the machine can easily digest the hard wood.

I used the shredded material for topping up natural paths, and occasional mulching.

When to prune verbena?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:16

The tops of mine all die. So I cut them down to around the base.

I haven't actually done it yet. I find it useful to leave the dead top bits until the Spring, as they remind me just where the plants are. Hopefully I'll see some green shoots coming up around the bases, and then I'll cut off the dead stems.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 10:18

Price is certainly a good indicator. If you see 'container' fruit trees for sale for around £10-£15, then it's very likely that they are bare-rooted plants that have been stuck into a pot of compost. You'll also find similar sized trees for £25 - those are the ones that really have been grown in the containers, and have good root systems.

If you're cheeky, and in a garden centre, you could remove the plant from its pot, and have a look.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 10:05

In my experience, bare-rooted roses, planted now, are very unlikely to flower this year. You might just get one tiny bloom.

A rose bought in a container will usually be a more mature specimen. Climbing roses in containers in garden centres often have a growth of several feet. I'm not certain how much more growth they would make this season.

I'm not entirely convinced that all container roses are more mature. I've occasionally bought a rose (or even a fruit tree) in a container, and when I remove the plant from the container, most of the compost falls away. It gives the impression that a bare-rooted plant has simply been stuck in a pot of compost and sold as a container-grown plant.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 07:36

I always make sure I get to the bus stop early, even in bad weather.

Have my sandwich box, and flask of soup.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 07:08

Morning forkers,

Temperature beneath the fleece in the greenhouse this morning was down to +2. I'm still bringing little seedling into the house each night. Tonight should be the very last night I need to do that.

Received an E-mail this morning, from the local County Council, saying that Gardeners World Live are organising a competition for community gardens (count us out).

"The winners will receive a Greenhouse worth over £1000 and £300 worth of seeds to help make their garden even more special.... Judging will be based around four main criteria: Contribution to the community; Teamwork; Ability to inspire; Horticultural achievements...Closing date is 20 April 2013. Shortlisted groups will be visited by members of the judging panel and a winner will be announced on 19 May."

I expect more details will be publicised in the press and on GW.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:37

Microwaveable bunny..

"A snugly, cuddly microwavable warmer bunny. Following a few minutes in the microwave, Hopper will stay warm for about 2-3 hours. He doesn't become too hot so is suitable for adults and safe for children."

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 12:32
Caz W wrote (see)

"The Duracell Bunny"

Rampant Rabbit (batteries not included).

Bunny.. wrote (see)
Asked OH to plug me into battery charger ....

Let me get this straight - the male plug goes into the female socket????

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New BBC Gardening Show looking for Kitchen Gardeners

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