Gary Hobson

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Beachgrove Garden

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 14:00

Have never seen this program myself, but here's the lastest goss on the new forthcoming series...

Fork Handles

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 11:57

Another indispensable gardening book is How to Make a Wildlife Garden by Chris Baines (for those who like that sort of thing). Slightly old, 1985, but classic, and there's nothing better that I know of.

Fork Handles

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 11:09

If I want to find out about, say, varieties of lilies or roses, the best place to look is on-line. That information is not in books.

If I want to know about meadows, or growing flowers for a wild look (and I do), then I'd look in a specialist book on the subject.

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Posted: 10/02/2013 at 10:26

There was an article in the press last week saying that gardeners should not throw out old seed catalogues, as they can become valuable collectors items...

I have a T&Ms from the 1970s, £100 if anyone's interested.


Rhus Typhina

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 09:58

Large sumac trees are very unstable, even those in good health. The roots are very shallow and they can easily topple over in high winds.

If you have a large tree that looks dangerous, then I'd cut the top off in a controlled manner.

If a large sumac tree is cut down then you will inevitably get a lot of suckers coming up over the entire area covered by its roots. You should be able to control these, and leave one or two to make new replacement trees.

Sumacs normally respond well to hard pruning. Prunning should create bigger leaves. You can keep a sumac tree trimmed to 6 feet or so, and that normally creates a nice full head of big leaves.

Fork Handles

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 09:02

Morning forkers,

Wet, wet, wet here, and set to continue.

bunnysgarden wrote (see)
Then I shall dig out my rhs garden plant book, may actually treat myself to another book. Do any of you use a favourite book ? Whose is it ?

I have several shelves of gardening books. If I had to choose one to take to the desert island it would be The Lazy Gardener by Mara Grey. It's not about bumming around, but it's very philosophical. She spent many years with North American indians learning why they do things. But it's not a book for anyone who thinks gardening is just about growing potatoes.


Posted: 09/02/2013 at 16:05

I've occasionally seen unique garden artifacts on the numerous antiques shows (including auctions) on telly. There are a couple of antiques shows every night.

Reclamation yards also seem to contain huge quantities of unique artifacts.

They make garden centres, and the objects on offer at garden shows, look quite pathetic.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 12:16

I really liked the very relaxed and dreamy tone of the program. It seemed like a dose of Summer holiday plonged down in the middle of Winter.

Monty wasn't trying to lecture us on some obscure aspect of technique, but, more importantly, he was conveying something of the feel of the place and the people, and their relationship to plants, soil and food.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 10:46

I wonder what really is in fish fingers.

The batter is probably toe nail scrappings imported from Eastern Europe.

Do any hygene regulations apply to the preparation of Birds Nest soup.

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Posted: 09/02/2013 at 10:31

I think that all schoolchildren should be tested to see if they contain horse DNA.

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New BBC Gardening Show looking for Kitchen Gardeners

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