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Starting a veg garden

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 23:23

If you can get some early spring cabbage plants such as Durham Early you should get a crop. 3 plants in a 15" pot should be too crowded. I'd plant them in John Innes No 3 at this time of year but would add a little Epsom Salts to the soil before planting. Give the plants plenty of water before planting out and firm them in well and keep the soil moist but not wet. Be on the look out though for Cabbage White butterfly, they lay tiny yellow eggs under the leaves and the emerging caterpillars can decimate a plant in just a few days.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 23:12

Fabulous pics LG, love the colours, particularly the Orange against the Acer. Second pic almost looks as if it's on fire!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:57

Been in the garden this afternoon/evening trying to sort out & tidy up after the landscape gardeners departed having built a new raised bed for the herbs and laid a new patio (old patio was getting dangerous after undermining by ants!!). Spent about 20mins sitting on a chair on new patio with a pint of ice cold Fosters before OH encouraged me to move a few more pots back to their rightful places. Sitting indoors now typing this and having to tolerate someone accross the road, windows all wide open and what sounds like a very powerful hi-fi pumping out a beat that's in danger of vibrating all the pots back down the garden!!!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:43

Great Pictures BL, and a nice tidy garden.

We've had the landscape Gardeners in all this week so lawn is now patchy where we stood some pots etc which we'd had on the patio (now replaced) + I made the mistake of laying the glass patio table top on the lawn for a couple of hours and burn't a big circle in the grass!! . Greenhouse produce is the best this year that I've ever had in 47 years at this property. It's a new Robinson GH I bought myself as a birthday prezzie last October. Courgettes have now taken over and I'm picking 5 or 6 a day. Made a courgette bake last weekend: Courgettes, Tomatoes, Garlic, Creme Fraiche, & a topping of Gluten Free breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Gruyere, Olive oil & fresh herbs - really yummy. All had to be gluten free because our daughter & grand-daughters are Coeliacs but it really was delicious. Yum Yum!

PS: link to the recipe =‎    I just changed the breadcrumbs to G/Free

Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 21:45

There is still no fix for the avatars either. Click on anyones name and your own details just pop up! Is there no way of drawing the right person's attention to these niggling little details?  I haven't been on this forum long enough to know my way about yet. I'm presuming the 'report to moderator' tab is for advising of abuse of the system i.e people trying to sell us kitchen equipment! & other spam.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 10:37

The print will not enlarge because the file size is greater than the forum parameters allow. Setting the file size to 1024x768 pixels (or around 1.0 mb) is ideal if you know how to do it. There's something not right with the web site address 'blackest' lists because clicking on it just brings up a blank page.

Tomato plants

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:34

Looks a bit like Beaked Hawksbeard but can't quite see the leaf pattern. One of our British wild flowers. (unless someone knows differently!)

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:29

I've never forgotten what OH did with my carrots! Shortly after we had bought our house in 1967 I had begun to get a veg garden under way. Nice neat rows of veg all growing merrily away. One day I decided it was time to thin the carrots out and gave the thinnings to OH to use in the kitchen (telling her these were the thinnings & they should taste nice and sweet). A couple of days later I noticed all the carrots had disappeared from the garden. "What's happened to all my carrots?" I asked with some concern "We ate them all for dinner" she said - "They're not very good, if that's home grown carrots I don't think much of them, shop ones are much bigger!"  We both still laugh about it now but I wasn't impressed at the time. In fact every time I thin carrots (even though she probably knows a lot more about gardening than I do nowadays), I still say "Now these are just the thinnings - you must wait until they're big enough to harvest" & I always get the same response "Ha-Ha!" (but it's all good natured banter!)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 17:08

Love your garden BL; are the yellow plants in pic 1 Erymurus? I grew some once from seed and slugs took the lot

Borders are brill & the Clematis are stunning, what a lovely show.

What are these?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 23:29

Flowers on pic 2 look like Antirhinum (slightly out of focus) or am I looking at the wrong plant. On second thoughts re pics 1 & 3 the flower bracts look too large for Rosebay Willowherb: need to wait until flowers open!

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