Heather Bells

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Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 17:21

Frogs!!! Where did they come from?

sorry, bit dim.

Anything to do with the nematodes???

Pinching out

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 18:00

Amongst others, I grow at least one Moneymaker every year. Would say mine weren't   tasteless. 

I'd say tastie. 

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:44

Oh cheers folks. Yes, okay with sweet peas, great thread and just read the posts about broad beans. 

Anyone want an (old) apprentice gardener in Fife I'll do it. Can pay me in cups of coffee and digestive biscuits. 

Never too old to learn. I hope.


thanks again. 



Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 17:17

I'd love to hear of anything too. 

 im thinking about Nematoads for the poly tunnel. 

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 17:14

Please can someone help me. This is probably in the place on the forum So please excuse.

is there a general rule about pinching out when growing plants from seed.

Now some things are obvious like veg but what about flowers???

is there a list anywhere, In a book I can refer to? Or on the web?

heres some examples.

peas ( for eating )

sweet peas


broad bean



I love gardening and learn something new every day. usually by getting things wrong.

I'd even work free for the advice if there was a chance of working in a garden. 





Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:28

Thanks David, I will do that in the morning. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:10

I have sown a few different sweet peas.

sir jimmy shand,

castle of mey, 

flying the flag

and some seeds I collected from last year.

Not all have germinated. I mostly put three seeds to a pot. But I'm happy with what's there apart from one variety.

Flying the Flag has germinated. They were all bought at the same time and stored the same way and sowed at the same time.

I'm a novice at this gardening game. Is there still time for the seed to germinate? 


Welcome to tools and techniques

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 19:50

Re painting plastic pots. Well,I did try but not sure. Not my best work.


might have been better investing in some new pots.



Welcome to tools and techniques

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 09:21

Thanks. I will give it a try.

Welcome to tools and techniques

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 19:47

I have some large plastic pots/containers that have faded with sun/age. They are so expensive to replace. Does anyone know if I can paint these and if I can, with what?

I might give them a good old scrub with wire wool first but if anyone has any ideas I'd be very interested. 

Discussions started by Heather Bells

help. brussels sprouts

whats eating the roots 
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Pinching out

Is there a golden rule. 
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Poppies growing on farmland 
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Gardening programmes

More please over the winter 
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Weeping Prunus

What to cut off? 
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Help the new person

Swede are seeding 
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