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New 'Secret Garden' emails

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 16:35

What do you mean Dovefromabove when you say no chance of hands on gardening?

I've just started my first paddy field.

Lawn Edging Options

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 12:46

I don't think you will stop blackbirds kicking the chippings onto the lawn unless you net the flower beds to stop the birds landing there.  The little ****ers have a kick like Johnny Wilkinson!  They manage to chuck stone chippings a couple of feet so bits of bark are no challenge at all.

Intl. Garden Photographer of the Year Competition Winners.

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 15:32

..."no way of proving it of course."

Yes there is.  Many (most?) major photographic competitions these days want to see the 'RAW' image i.e. the digital equivalent of the negative.  In the early days of digital photography too many judging panels were embarrassed when they did discover that many winning images were in fact either composite or had been heavily edited to remove unwanted items.


Posted: 05/02/2016 at 16:38

£2.50 or £3.00 per anchor, it still ain't a cheap option if you have a long run to do! PS, I've just had a look at the website and they are £15.90 not £15.50 for 6.

If you're going to chastise others for getting the price wrong you need to be a little more careful.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 19:21

I was listening to the radio this afternoon and the great gingernut crisis was being discussed.  Apparently one of the biggest biccie factories in the UK is near Carlisle and suffered badly in the floods.  They don't think they will get back to full production before the end of March.

How can a certain plant website get away with charging so much !

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 19:18

To be honest I've found very little correlation between the size/name of a garden centre and the prices charged.  The one we generally use often has good quality plants on offer and then the prices are hard to beat.  I've visited many others and the price variations can be massive, sometimes cheaper but often not.

Don't just buy something at the first place you see it, unless it's something unusual and you don't want to risk missing it.

veg trug or not..

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 17:11

My wife fancied one for growing herbs in because she thought it looked more like a piece of garden furniture.  We got one at our local garden centre, and returned it the following day.  The construction was terrible.  Many of the pieces of wood were split, nothing was pre-drilled and the instructions were all pictograms which seemed to be copies of copies, virtually impossible to decipher.

When we took it back the reaction at their Customer Service Desk said it all.  They simply asked which item it was and then called across for it to be taken away with words along the lines of "It's another one being returned"

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:28

Thanks for all the suggestions.  Lydiaann, I hope you're happy - that had me in tears  You are probably right though

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 18:10

I'm not planning on starting an allotment.  I've 2 unused veg patches, one about 24x12 and the other about 18x12.  Aforesaid 'Oracle' used the smaller one and the other has been unused for many years.  I dug the larger one over last autumn, removing marestail by hand.  The soil is good, easy to dig but with good texture.

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:57

I'm just coming up to retirement and looking forward to having time in the garden.  I haven't grown fruit or veg for years and have forgotten anything I ever learnt about it.  The Oracle, otherwise known as my next-door-neighbour, has sadly died so I can't call upon his great knowledge of the subject.  That means I'm going to have to read up on things.  Any suggestions for good books on the subject would be appreciated.

As there will only be 2 of us to feed I also want to avoid planting too much of anything and suffering annual gluts and throwing away perfectly good food.

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Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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