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Latest posts by ginagibbs

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 12:41

if your on a budget like me, keep your eyes peeled when your out and about and check out what people throw ou,t especially in skips. I ve picked up all manner of plant pots, plants, staging shelves etc. a lot of people in may area leave unwanted but decent stuff on the pavement with a "help yourself" note. Good way of recyling and its free!!


Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 12:05

Meet Louis and Molly, my 2 rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They are very respectful in the garden, and believe its their job to keep away any


tresspassing cats and squirrels! Love them to bits

red hot pokers

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 17:00

Hi, great to see this thread, as I was going to ask anyway. I was given an red hot poker and its done so well on my south facing "hot bed," as I call it, I've divided it into about 7 plants now and counting! I read somewhere that they should keep flowering till the autumn if you dead head them. Is that true? mine only seem to flower the once and them theve gone over.. Also at what stage should you dead head, as I notice that the flower heads that do have a bit of colour left on still attract the bees, so I dont want to cut these down yet? Any advise?

To gardening mom, I break off a new sprout making sure its got a piece of root, dig a small hole where I want it to grow and just press it into the soil .never failed yet!

Making something out of nothing

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 15:05

make that a coal scuttle!!

Making something out of nothing

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 15:04

I use an old col scuttle for my lettuce!


plum trees

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 14:51

Help!!!mine have gone all wrinkly..see pic, any one got any suggestions while we are on this topic?

 they hav also gone brown at the edges. Not all the tree is affected. I have'nt sprayed it (ever) is that wrong?


Talkback: Lily beetles

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 11:01

We have a lot of lillies in our borders and most have been munched by the dreaded lily beetles. Lost count how many I found.  I  discovered that they make a squeeking noise to warn their mates of attack, and if they drop off the plant, they lie on their backs so you cant see them...cunning little rotters!! A good way of catching them is to cup your hand under the area where the beetle is positioned and tip the plant into you hand, so the beetle lands in your hand and  not on the soil, then crush it with your finger nails. Got quite fed up doing this so I use Bug spray on all the lilies,  that seemed to finish them off and I have'nt seen any since..ha!     It is a shame they do so much damage, as they are actually quite a pretty bug.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:36

Love your story Mcavity, really made me laugh! Some really enjoyable posts here, so here goes with my story.

I have always had a bit of an interest in gardening and our flat in Cheltenham came with a very large garden. However it didnt get much of a look in for years, as my spare time was taken up with my horse, who sadly passed away 3 years ago now.  I decided not to replace him due to costs and time, but loving the outdoors and being artistic, my blank canvass of a garden was beconing!!

Hubby bought me a mini green house to start with and within a year, I got a second hand "real" one cheap online. He also built me some raised beds for the veggies.The best bit is, hubby, who is an interior designer,


has also got the bug and we are finally sharing a hobby. He likes doing all the design and stuctural side and I do all the plants. It has also inspired my Dad, who is 84 to get out in his garden again and we chat for hours about it, which is lovely!

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:30

I have been very lucky with the Hostas and Solomons Seal in my "woodland" garden, they are untouched by the slimey brigade, its either because we have a shed nearby where a hedgehog family live, or it might be that when we had our trees lopped, we spread the wood shavings out along the path and they dont like to go over it. 

Name this plant challenge

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:53

Gosh, I didnt know Euphorbia grew that tall!

thanks guys.


Discussions started by ginagibbs

Rose aid please

No blooms on my ramblers yet 
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New Allotment

What to look for 
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to cut or not to cut

Hardy Fuscia 
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tomato blight

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Name this plant challenge

Can you tell me wha this is? 
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tomato plant pests

tiny white spiders 
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