Latest posts by JIMMMY

the weed called marestail or horsetail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 20:19

Plot next to mine was badly invested with it 4 years ago along the boundary fence along with blackberry and raspberry plants!

The plot holder told me she was having an organic and wildlife plot, she had three little raised beds which she planted I know not what as nothing ever got to grow as they were soon overgrown by weeds, as for wildlife another plot holder  trapped rats and rabbits on it, as she had given up after her first season!

As the mares tails were coming many metres into my plot I sprayed her side with "VERDONE"  more than once,and where it poked through my soil I wrapped it with a verdone soaked rag placed inside a pop bottle with the base cut out!

Last year the brambles and raspberry canes were burned and there was not any sign of mares tails in my plot or along the boundary!

Verdone "must" not be used on soil used for the cultivation of veggies, so if used do not cultivate any there!

If you want to get rid of it,use verdone and ignore the so called no chemicals in my space brigade!


Monty - just saying......

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 21:41


Re the two dogs I think the following about Mike and Bernie Winters  is apt!

An oft-quoted story told of Bernie following his brother on stage at the notorious Glasgow Empire, to be greeted by a voice from the stalls: “Good Gawd, there’s two of them!”.

Animals like holiday photographs are a personal think and should be kept that way!

What was that root veg from yesterdays Gardeners World?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:07


The reason that these so called heritage veggies etc went out of general cultivation was that either they were tasteless, disease ridden,poor croppers or were generally useless and not worth growing!

But you always get a lot of Corporal Jones, out of step to every one else, or Little Jack Horners  who say look how clever I am, GW would be better to show how to grow veggies that people, especially kids will actually eat and enjoy!

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:15

I work in the research department of a large chemical etc company!

I amongst others do the actual physical testing for the senior research scientists where the results are meant to match the experiment not the experiment match the results!

As with all experiments things do not always go as expected and they then pretend that was what they wanted, especially when we tell them that was not what we had been told to achieve!

When they chance their arm and try to pass it off to their bosses as successful the hob nail boots come into operation, ,dented reputation for them, back to work for us again,those above them are not easily fooled!

Do i believe someone whose title is "Scientist". most certainly not always, look no further than the evil mad scientist who had for his own reason condemned MMR vaccine,and the harm that did!


No Gardeners World and

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 20:48


Monty had a moan about it at the end of last weeks programme, just right too!

I'm off to a proper football match tomorrow, football should be played on a Saturday, kick off 3pm, none of this Friday night mularcky spoiling "OUR" gardening  programme!

Creeping Jenny (Golden)

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 11:22


I first saw it in Henley in Arden some years ago, my wife thought it was wonderful,so I bought some pots of it, have been trying to get rid of it ever since, it is a thug!


Ps I still have "the" wife!

Pps I am supposed to say,"my" wife.

Teasing roots

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 11:16


He just doesn't do it to tease you!


What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 10:31


Verdun, mine have been behaving  exactly like yours, I always sell some at the garden club and WI meetings, but not this year, poor flowering and some are just emerging now through the soil!

Have 5 slate grey ones that are just now starting to flower and attracting the honey bees!



Posted: 25/03/2016 at 22:23



I would say you are asking for trouble, there is no life or air  in sub soil, nothing will grow and you probably would have to remove it at a later date!


During the winter storms a very large beech tree in the "lords" estate blew over, the surface roots just snapped!

When I had a look there appeared to be  no roots penetrating the sub soil, just large surface roots spread over a wide area!



T & M seed offer

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 01:09


Had a look just to see as T&M not very reliable, sure enough it was buy five get the cheapest free!


Some firms never change!

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