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Nigel

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:37

Lovely adorable pic.   Please could you send him to me ????   Lol.

STRAWBERRIES

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:35

I usually have mine in long plastic troughs so they are raised from the ground - it works for me when space is at a premium.  This year, however, the wet weather seemed to make them mouldy -    such a shame.  Hopefully, sun shine next year.

Hi Newbie here

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:32

When visiting Barnsdale (a very nostalgic and reasonably price experience £5 or so) I bought a selection of DVDs and it's lovely to listen to Geoff's gentle voice, and his enthusiasm for small projects.   He encouraged me so much to garden - and introducing Bob Flowerdew!!

I do love Nigel with Monty too!!!

 

Hi Artjak -    ooh strong words re G.World presenters!   I sort of like Carol Kelin as a person, very bubbly (maybe too much) but she doesn't appear to give much good info.  Someone wrote asking about slugs eating plants, and the answer was to grow something that slugs don't like!   Not helpful if you've spent money and time raising plants you love!  Something like gravel at the base,  grease on stems may have been helpful etc., etc.,

Monty does give some good tips now and then i.e. how to prune wisteria was most helpful to me and it worked on a plant which had never flowered for me.   This year it was a visual delight - thanks Monty.

 

Hi

FIR TREES

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 11:14

Hi doverfromabove,

That's certainly very useful info and many thanks.  The trees may be 20 odd years old and there's a variety.   One is a beautiful 'blue tree' and it gets little blue acorn type things on it. (sorry for the ignorance0 - so I don't know the name.  I must admit I was watering once and I gave some of them a little shower and the dry dust that seemed to cloud off them was incredible!  So, yes I suppose they could have been aphids.  I haven't noticed black fungal gorwth but that doesn't mean it's not there.  I also have a tall thin 'Tuscany type 'evergreen and that is fine , green and healthy.   Thanks for the link, I shall have a look.

Most grateful to all for your time and help.

Nigel

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 09:43

I'm so glad Nigel was back on the screen and do hope his back injury improves.   He adds such a gentleness to the programme.   His eyes looked a little unwell - poor lad.   Keep warm Nigel and tell your dad to look after you.

Yes, gardening and garden centres are such a massive industry and it's a great hobby for many of the population and yet, we are given 30 mins per week and half of that is Carol walking round somewhere and not much information.  I used to love watching Geoff Hamilton -  his genuine love and enthusiasm was infectious.   The BBC must have a young newby taken over the Dept????

Keep warm Nigel.

 

FIR TREES

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 09:38

Hi artjak and blairs,

Many thanks for the info and its very much appreciated.  It seems to be the very lower branches that have gone brown and upwards are ok.  I shall add a leaf mulch to help.   Is buying bags of bark o.k. for this?

Thanks once again.

Hi Newbie here

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 14:56

Hi Alan,

Welcome to the forum.   I've just joined in the last couple of days and oops , I didn't realise about the introduction and just went into the overwinter fuschias thread.  So, yes, hi everyone.  I'm sure we can all  help each other out.

Yes, Monty is very open and honest with his failing crops this year!   I just love Nigel his dog too.  I've watched the prog for years and loved Geoff Hamilton and visited Barnsdale - very nostalgic.

FIR TREES

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 14:53

Hi,

Can anyone advise if you can overwater fir trees?   A few of our larger, and smaller bush type evergreens seem rather 'browny' and I'm not sure why.   All I can think of is having so much rain this year - but that seemed a bit crazy.   Some of the trees are rather tall and I would have thought they could deal with rather a lot of water going into their roots.

Any advice or information would be most helpful.

Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 09:25

I too bought a few large 'hardy' types this year for the patio.   I have potted them down, (into smaller pots for winter), pruned the long stems to a leaf node so they can re-grow and thicken for next year - after having a good rest in the greenhouse where they will be safe from harmful cold and ice.    In the spring I will take several cuttings from the fresh growth so that I do not lose this variety.

Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 09:25

I too bought a few large 'hary' types this year for the patio.   I have potted them down, (into smaller pots for winter), pruned the long stems to a leaf node so they can re-grow and thicken for next year - after having a good rest in the greenhouse where they will be safe from harmful cold and ice.    In the spring I will take several cuttings from the fresh growth so that I do not lose this variety.

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