Green Magpie

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Tomato variety

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 23:03

Yes, I agree about Sungold too. Sungold and Losetto are my choice, for several years now.

Tomato variety

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 17:53

I grow Losetto and they are super! Heavy crop, good flavoured, cherry bush tomatoes which resist blight - what's not to like? They are, however, F1 hybrids so you only get about 10 seeds to the pack, but worth it. Highly recommended.

I got my seeds from Simply Seed online, but I think T&M do them too.

Slugs and coffee grounds - a fatal attraction?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 20:04

I think coffee grounds are somewhat acidic, so you might want to restrict their use to lime-hating plants, or at least avoid using them on things like brassicas.

The Storm With No Name hits our garden

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 22:25

Yesterday's gale, now being called The Storm With No Name, hit us hard here in Devon.  Our boundary fence started collapsing in several places, and worse than that, a timber arch collapsed completely, along with several.plants that had been twining up it for years. A climbing hydrangea snapped right through the stem as it fell, while a well establised clematis and a passion flower have had to be chopped right back.

One reason we had so much damage is that the wind was from the northwest, which is quite an unusual direction. It's really sad to lose plants that simply can't be directly replaced.

I'm not looking for a solution, just sympathy! Did anyone else suffer garden damage yerterday?

Frogs spawn everywhere!

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 22:13

If you get a hard frost, it can kill frog spawn,  but the frogs will probably replace it before long. I haven't noticed any spawn in our pond yet but have heard frogs croaking, so there's at least one frog who's up for it!

Seed Bed?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 10:21

Four feet wide sound fine to me. You shuld be able to reach the middle from either side quite easily. Some of my beds are four feet, some four and half, and the latter are a bit of a stretch but still manageable, and I'm an average sized female.

Clear plastic cups

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 09:00

I use those clear plastic cartons that grapes, paeches etc are sold in as mini-cloches. They do tend to blow away, though, so I secwurd them with sticks or tent pegs pushed into the ground via one of the holes in the base (which is now the top).


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:50

Love your photo, Chris!  Sorting out the seed packets and planning the next season's crops is such an exciting thing to do at this dull time of year. Roll on the spring!

Aldi bargains

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 20:44

I think the perennials at Aldi were £1.99. Just small ones, in 3 or 4-inch pots, but they mostly looked quite healthy. Foxgloves,  acillea, ersyimum, coryopsis were ones I spotted.

Aldi bargains

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:49

I think I'd have cautious expectations of things like fruit trees from Aldi, but the little potted perennials and the tools and hardware items looked pretty good.

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