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Beware bark chippings!

Posted: Yesterday at 10:46

Update on the above: I have now, cautiously, replaced the bark on a couple of test plants, and then on the rest. They are fine. Before I did this, I spread the bark out in a wheelbarrow to expose it to the air for a couple of days,  as one theory is that toxic gases build up in the pack.

So .....  my conclusion is that somehow the combination of freshly opened chippings, cool winds and lots of water have combined to cause the problem. Perhaps the watering  caused the new shoots to sprout just as the winds cooled, and the bark was stressing the plants???   Each of the variables (cool weather, water, and bark) individually seemed to be tolerated.I don't suppose we'll ever know for sure, but the good news is that my hedge looks like surviving.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:35

I don't water every day, unless it's very dry and hot . Mangetout certainly don't need daily watering, and may not need watering at all until they're podding. Beans and toms and cucumbers like a good drink, but not necessarily every day.

Propagating Elder

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 20:21

Loosen the bag for a day or so, to let the plant adjust, and then take it off. Once it's rooted there'll be no stopping it! Let the roits get well established before moving it on, either to a bigger pot or to open ground.

Technical updates / help with the new forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 22:29

I use a 7-inch  Kindle, and I find the font too small and thin for clarity. I am not prepared to go to my settings and alter them just for this forum, then change them back when I go elsewhere. Other discussion forums allow me to stretch the screen as I wish, in order to read and write in comfort. 

It's all about style over substance. Even our avatars are turned to meaningless circular logos. Mine used to be a magpie; now it is a magpie's bottom - or perhaps the last glimpse of a departing magpie, as I head off in search of another forum. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 08:01

PS: On the above post I had changed most of the font to bold, but when posred, it reverted to non-bold. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 07:59

I' ve been away for a few days and can't believe what has happened. I thought there was a technical fault and the forum wasn't loading properly.

I can barely read this tiny font on my Kindle. There, that's a bit better but it doesn't help me read other posts. There doesn't seem to be a way to enlarge the font.

I can't skim through the list of thread titles; each title is in a big box which is 90% blank. There seems to be about 20 pages on this topic already.

The thread posts are interrupted by adverts, which are much more prominient than the content I'm trying to read.

Well, the advertisers will soon be pulling out, because this forum will not survive in this format. I have been a member for years. and have given and received much support, but I'm off to seek out another forum. I hope some member sets up a replacement one (it won't be GW, obviously) somewhere else, such as Proboards.

I'm so sad it has come to this. How could anyon have thought this was in any way an improvement?

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:15

Yes,  I have the new guide and Eden is in there. Best check before travelling, as they sometimes have special events etc. 

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 09:40

Some of the gardens (166 of the 400, they say) do offer the alternative of a half-price single entry. Seems fair enough to do this - many single people have less spare cash than couples.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 08:31

I realise I wrote "globes" instead of "gloves". Apologies. Whether your globes are suitable or not is an entirely private matter.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:20

I've just bought my copy, sold as a "Sainsburys Value Pack".  It cost £5.99 but this included the gloves, which fit my (female) hands very well, and by a happy coincidence also feature one left and one right hand, which is what I happen to have, so that's good. I also got six packets of seeds, most of which I can use.

But best of all this month - and I think this applies to all including subscription versions - is the 2-for-1 garden entrance card, with its directory of gardens where you can use it. This includes the Eden Project, Kew, and over 400 other gardens, and is reusable for a whole year. If you ever visit gardens, this is a real bargain, with or without globes of dubious suitability.

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