Latest posts by Leggi

Favorite tomatoes

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 18:21
I didn't know that Italophile, I'll still try some as the seeds came free from T&M. Will have to decide on a more suitable variety for our island, I'm guessing that means most beefstake varieties aren't really suitable then? I did have some Pomodoro seeds but they've gone bad in the unopened packet over winter. I might try growing some alicante going by the recommendations in this thread.

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:44
I usually give mine a light prune around now (depending on the weather) but last year like many plants, it flowered very late.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 16:41
I see our Tower Hamlets friend is back again... :rollseyes:

I really want to start sowing seeds now but I only have window sills to offer any warm so holding back. The only one's I've sown so far are sweet peas when we had a warmish half hour a few weeks back.

Hope the crash wasn't anything too important jo.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 15:15

You guys do make me chuckle, OH thinks I'm mad now! Snowing outside I'm sure we were in the midst of a heat wave this time last year.

Fruit tree cross pollination

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 14:57
They're the recommended two to plant together as they flower at the same time, I have an Oullins Golden Gage and a Czar Plum tree together. It's the first year I've had them though so can't tell you about the reality of cropping. They should both stay true to type.

Favorite tomatoes

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 14:52
I'm being optimistic and growing Pink Brandyvine this year, we're due a heat wave (he says as he looks at the snow falling outside).

strange 'plums'

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 14:26
Sounds like it could be grafted on to a crab apple, it could be that it has reverted to crab apples or that it was intentional to aid pollination. Not an overly massive problem if you have quite a few other fruit trees, many orchards grow crab apples amongst the apple trees to get the bees in and keep them busy.

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 14:26

That's fantastic.

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:46
I don't have a link as it was said live on the show, there is an article on the RHS site about them losing a generation though. We are however arguing the same point, that when people are introduced to gardening they find great enjoyment. I agree with what you say about politicians completely.

The links you provide are refreshing. I am in my early thirties and fall in to the category of those whose parents who never engaged with gardening, and from a generation that didn't bring plants home from school or get taught about them. I fell in to gardening accidentally when I wanted to start growing strawberries and rhubarb. My first post was just to encourage more of us to get youngsters and friends involved with what we do, we already know how beneficial it is to us as individuals.

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 10:44
BrummieBen wrote (see)
Leggi wrote (see)
I think it was the RHS last year who stated that gardening had effectively skipped two generations. David Cameron then likened gardening to litter-picking and labelled it unskilled labour. Gardening at the moment, when people are working harder than ever to pay the bills, is at a really low ebb. It's such a shame as we all know the benefits we ourselves derive from our hobby, the childhood Christmas Day feeling you experience seeing the first sweet pea flower of the year, the taste of the first ripe tomato picked and seeing the bees return in the spring like an old friend.

Gardening has lost it's way a bit, in an age where society wants instant satisfaction (garden centres selling tomato plants with already fully ripe tommies on) we are facing a struggle. Things like local gardening clubs would do the world of good, allotment sites should invite local schools for visits and grow extra plants for the children to take home and we should all encourage our friends and family to take it up. Not because we know how to do things properly (or not most of the time in my case) but because we know the happiness sitting in the midst of summer garden brings, that hard work pays off and that really it's ok to be proud of something you've created.

I really hope this idea takes off, it's up to us though to try to make sure our enjoyment isn't wasted for another generation.

I don't agree with you on this, I'm 38 yrs old, and have become interested in gardening for about 6 or 7 years now. My friends also have become interested. I think most of us became interested due to having kids, and wanting to grow organic veg and fruit. Also to create places our kids can enjoy, as well as where the adults can relax. The driving force behind 'organic' gardening is price. I have 2 kids and a third of our grocery bill was fruit and veg. When my friends came around for BBQ's etc at first they were sceptical, but now a good few have a go at growing their own, mainly as I showed it wasn't hard, and most rewarding.

Statistics currently support this, in the 25-40 age group, interest in growing your own and also gardening in general has exploded in the last 5 years. This is bourne out by the length of waiting lists for allotments also. I think gardening is enjoying a resurgance, and this is likely to continue for the forseeable future. Most parents of any intelligence are encouraging their kids to grow produce and flowers, and this is also being encouraged by primary schools also.

I can't see the prices of organic fruit and veg going down anytime soon, I also doubt I'll find anything from a supermarket shelf will taste as good as homegrown.

Gardening clubs have declined, like many clubs, quite possibly due to the constant bombardment of 'selfishness' and 'looking after number one' advertising that is being rammed down everyone's throats. Consequently many people are suspicious of others, whereas before they would have socialised more freely.

Another rant for you GG, hope you liked it!

You can disagree if you like but I was using the RHS quote as a basis for my post. Whilst I accept that might not be true of your experience, they will have done a lot of research before stating it at Chelsea last year.

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