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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 23:00

Is it soemthing to do with Eryngium? I notice a sleepy bumble bee on the path today beside the Eryngium - maybe the nectar of Eryngium is intoxicating for bees?

Forum up the creek

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 22:56
Lavande wrote (see)


Have emailed GW because the website seems to be able to sign me in and out at will. I can assume the computer has crashed when it goes offline but I have logged out and come back to find I'm still on line and signed in. I logged off and double checked I was logged off – then went back on to the site and I was signed in. I'm really worried. Not only that I have already typed up a message to post saying all this and just as I pressed submit I was logged off again. So I've had to type it up again. So if it appears twice that's the reason. But I am worried. I got an automated reply saying my enquiry will be dealt with.

If when you type a response you hi-light what you've typed before you press 'submit' then hit Ctrl and C together, then press submit and you lose it, just go back into you response box and hold down Ctrl & V and everything you typed will drop back into the box again. (Ctrl & C is the short cut on a PC for 'copy' and Ctrl & V is the PC shortcut for 'paste', Don't know what it is for a Mac though. 


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 21:24

Compost isn't something that just makes itself. It's worth looking up on Google but I use about 1/3rd green material to 2/3rds brown material (differences will be explained in Googled items. Then a proprietry brand of compost maker such as Garotta added to the mix + some water and turn the mix regularly to get air into it to assist in the breakdown of the material.

Plastic or Wood?

Personally I use 2 plastic containers because I just do not have the room to make a wooden enclosure. One is a semi-cone shaped bin that was supplied by the local council many years ago (I hesitate to say free because it all comes out of the 'rates' as they used to be called so we pay for them eventually anyway!). The other is a 200 litre Compost Tumbler I bought via the internet from a company that recycles food industry used barrels. Both do an excellent job (IF) you remember to tumble and/or turn the material regularly. Just letting it sit in a barrel static for a year will just produce a soggy mess!


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 23:08

This was the subject of one of the Gardeners Question Time topics last Sunday afternoon. Apparently a lot of people are experiencing this this year. Answer given was that it is likely to be a combination of heat and poor ventilation. It was suggested that the pots be raised and positioned where a good circulation of fresh air can be achieved. I've had a few drop and go mouldy though we have picked well over 50 courgettes so far this season so we aren't bothered about the odd one or two. The ones that have been affected are close to other tubs so circulation of fresh air hasn't been all it could have been. 3 plants seem to be unaffected (Black Forest F1) These are climbing up a spiral wire frame and fully exposed to air currents so that does look as though lack of air circulation was the reason for the few failures on the other plants. I am also feeding the plants with some of the Tomato feed which seems to help.

laying a new lawn

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 22:51

Just a useful tip when laying a turf lawn - It's 'green side up' ! 

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 22:49

We don't have a pond at all, neither do our next door neighbours but our garden seems to be overun (almost) with frogs from baby ones no more than an inch long to more mature ones 3 inches long (front to back). Lovely sight to see and great to know they are keeping a lot of the pests at bay. 2 grand-daughters aged 10 & 12 love to go froggy hunting when they come round to see us and get very excited when they find one. A couple have found my Hoselock watering tray in the greenhouse and have made it their home for the present (I'll have to be very careful when the tomatoes have finished & I need to tidy up for the winter).

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:21

Been raining steadily here since about 3.30pm and has just stopped. Went down the garden and filled buckets and watering cans with water and the water butts are now filled to overflowing. Grass is much greener and the 'crop circle' has gone (thankfully).

Picked some more tomatoes from the greenhouse (It's only the 'Red Alert' that are ripening at present) Apero and Country Taste all still green but the Country Taste are more than 4 inches dia. Apart from the 6 CTs I had to pick off because they'd gone a funny colour they are doing very well. I finally came to the conclusion the 6 had succumbed to the heat as they were fully exposed to the sunlight whereas the others had some shade from the leaves.

I do have some green GH shading but it's difficult to secure over an octagonal GH - I think I'll make something bespoke for next year as I don't like the paint on stuff. We also have a number of small frogs hopping around the graden and in & out of the greenhouse: keeps the smaller slugs under control and the grand children love to see them.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:08

Fairygirl wrote (see)

"Been outside all day as weather has been really pleasant. Potted up my new Bramleys  and the other tomato, "

Fg: you had another one? !!!




Posted: 27/07/2013 at 18:54

Cardboard cut-out of a Peregrine Falcon positioned above the area will stop it. Only needs to be the silhoette.

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:42
SwissSue wrote (see)
John Harding wrote (see)

Patience is a vitrtue

Posess it if you can,

Seldom found in women

Never found in man!

John H


Always found in women

but never in a man!!!

I only said what my Gran used to say: I didn't say if it was right or wrong

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