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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:33
Notts/derbyshire border. I have never seen such a fast thaw. Midnight last night 8 inches thick snow on ice, then it threw it down with rain until at 8am this morning no snow left except for small mounds where we had piled the snow high while clearing the drive every day. Amazing. It's been a lovely sunny day (first in a long time) and everything's dried out quickly. I wonder where all the water went. !!!!!

Talkback: Learning from 2012

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:18
We had a terrible year in our veg plot last year. We have never seen so many slugs. Nothing did really well. The runner bean flowers were late setting but eventually gave a reasonable crop. This year we are going to sow everything indoors or in the greenhouse and plant them out when they are really strong. Goodness knows what we will try next for the slug problem.....lol. Still, I'm looking forward to starting the sowing and growing....think positive everyone, we going to have a great growing year.......

Talkback: How to care for orchids

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 15:51
I have accumulated 6 phals now and just water mine when the roots look grey. Sometimes giving them a deep soak in a washing up bowl of warmed rainwater and at other times pouring aired tap water, with orchid food added, into the top of the pot. I also have the pots standing in a tray into which the poured water drains and I leave it there to evaporate. They are almost always in flower and I cut the stems down as someone previously advised to a lower bud once the last flowers are about to drop. Some plants are in the kitchen window facing east and the rest are in the cooler conservatory facing the same way. I fortunately haven't had problems with diseases.

Talkback: How to make a house martin nest

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 08:47
This nest looks so attractive.

Best runner bean

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 07:37
I grow White Lady and we find it has a good flavour and crops really well no matter what weather we get in summer. Will try Wisley Magic too.

Composting through the winter?

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 07:33
We keep adding to the compost bins throughout the winter. We have also dug out a trench where we put the been row and started filling that with kitchen waste and paper ready for moisture retention next year.


Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:36
Mine too. I just dead head and hope the weather improves. Far too much rain for the dianthus this year.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 17:45

It's so nice to look out onto the tulips at this time of year.


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 12:47

Some very lovely sunset shots here. I especially like this last one byMarshmello.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 08:30

I was advised to just trim the stem on one of mine as I normally cut it down after flowering. I was delighted to find a new bud appearing shortly after and am now enjoying this plants second flush of lovely flowers. You know what I will be doing again......

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