Gary Hobson

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Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:10

Have just come inside. That was a lovely day. The temperature's dropping, so have brought tender plants into the house.

Impressed by Mistress Becks' ambitious designs. Sieving soil is very hard work (on the arms), though it does produce nice fine soil.


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Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:45

In the news this morning..."This Mother's Day (March 10) B&Q is launching a limited edition rose named Amazing Mum. The pink rose will retail at £7.98 and will be available in 50 stores from March 1 (yesterday)."  

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Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:34

Lilies are some Stargazer (it's a late variety, very popular, and you can get that one from GCs) also an unusual one called Torch which is a new tree lily.

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Posted: 02/03/2013 at 07:29

Morning forkers,

Cool and misty here at the moment, but we're promised a soooper day. Yesterday I rearranged some staging in the greenhouse and potted up some new lily bulbs that came through the post....

Today I'm hoping to move a few paving slabs aound to make a new pathway, and maybe move a couple of bamboos.

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Posted: 01/03/2013 at 16:10

Right, it's St David's Day.

So, traditionally, we should have rabbit for tea.

Yes, Welsh Rarebit. Wiki says...

"The first recorded use of the term Welsh rabbit was in 1725. It may be an ironic name coined in the days when the Welsh were notoriously poor: only better-off people could afford butcher's meat, and while in England rabbit was the poor man's meat, in Wales the poor man's meat was cheese."


The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 14:12

The new season starts next Friday. There's a 3-page feature in next week's Radio Times. If you click on these images, and then click again to enlarge, you can read the text...

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Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:12

Not sure what you mean by smudgy. The daffodil image is a bit indistinst. But that's merely because the size is reduced to make a tiny icon. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the larger image. There can't possibly be any problem with an SD card. An SD card works, or it doesn't.

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Posted: 01/03/2013 at 11:11

No need to attempt to read the thread from the beginning.

You see, this thread is just like life.

"Life is like arriving late for a movie, and having to figure out what is going on... and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends"


This thread is full of drama and tragedy and hope... the important bits that are so often mssing from many of the more superficial threads.

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Posted: 01/03/2013 at 08:44

Mr Google's St David's day logo...

Doesn't this have something to do with daffodils (as in Dragon's breath above). They're not out here yet. I suppose that growing leeks is compulsory in Wales.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 08:01

The key to keeping anything warm is insulation.

An eskimo igloo is heated purely by the body heat of its occupants. The eskimo don't have heaters of any kind. It can be -40C degrees outside, but it's as warm as +10C inside.

A human being gives out about 100Watts of heat - only as much as a small lightbulb. But a couple of people is enough to keep an igloo warm. An individual human being in an efficient sleeping bag can easily remain warm in sub-zero conditions.

So in terms of keeping a greenhouse warm, it's essential to elimate any draughts, and maybe use more than one layer of bubblewrap. Though additional layers of bubble wrap will reduce the light, which is important for seedlings. And it's easier to keep a small volume warm than a large volume.

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