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Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:43

Well said Obe, I have to agree with everything you said. Not to mention that big spikey thing he put in the middle of that tub, he didnt grow that from a packet of seeds, must have cost 30.00! 

If I want to learn anything I watch Beechgrove, Monty is fine for pretty  pictures and walk around other peoples gardens.

Has anyone seen the hotbeds at Heligan. They used to grow pineapples for table. All the horse muck was put in the back chamber,  all brick built, thats a hotbed!

Ps. Dont worry David, we know we are experts at our job! 

How to

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:28

They are perennials but dont always survive, in the Autumn I cut the back and pild a big lot of homemade compost on top. You could use anything though if you dont make compost, leaves, old grass clippings, old spent compost, just something to protect the roots.

Dont forget that as soon as they show shoots next year the slugs will have them off to ground level, they dont usually recover from that,


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:08

A suitable case for 'Sue' then Lizzie, silly plumber!

what compost ?

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 10:58

I think the reason some people have had bad germination rate is the change in temperature from day to night.  Its been very cold here, even on warm days.

I have tried a lot of different ones and agree with Bas, theres not much to choose between them.

I am using Erin, with peat, obviously as its Irish, the seeds do well.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 10:49

Us or Monty David?


Posted: 17/06/2015 at 10:48

I assume Lorraine has sowed these seeds this Spring, this being their first year.

I am just not one for feeding constantly, each to his own, Verdun.

Flumpy, i am almost in Cornwall, 5 miles from the border, my daughter is though so whenever we have a day out, its always in Cornwall.

 That reminds me, must get passport up to date!  Verdun can explain about that!!!



Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:32

As stonemasons, we always say not to take stone out of it home, marble is to be kept in hot dry countries, even in Britain, sandstone and limestone are best left where they form naturally. Same with plants.

Did you see the photos Dove? 

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:23

It wasnt long ago when Monty said never try to grow anything that doesnt belong in this country. Whats the point in groinv stuff that you know grows in hot dry countries, and there he is doing exactly that.

I lovd Monty, dont get me wrong, but sometimes I cringe at the things he does, and newbie gardeners will do just that and it wont work.

Saying that, he and Carol have been my greatest insprirations, just need to read between the lines a bit.

He is right about the water though, a lot of people come unstuck watering veg plots, if you cant stand with the hose sprinkling for hours, then best left.

Back from holiday with most of my plants alive - hurrah!

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:13

Have you got verbena as well, If not I could send you some. Its wild here I need to dig it out.

ID on giant wasp

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 02:24

This was definitely it...the article says they havent yet arrived!

There were no spots just plain band of stripes, That was no ordinary hornet,

I  agree with Verdun, we do need to kill certain creatures, if we didnt, we wouldnt  be here in a few years time..vermin for instance, 2000 from one pair in a year, we would soon be overun with them, another plague epidemic. If these wasps are going to kill bees, then they have to be eradicated.


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