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Michael Sands

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Tomato variety

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 23:03

I love Garden Peach, a small tomato but it needs looking after as does Bloody Butcher...

T & M seed offer

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 22:42

Jinxy I never heard anything about that, if it is true?

T & M seed offer

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 00:41

I like the site and the U.S. site but it can take about 2 weeks to come from the U.S. but I like them.


Posted: 21/03/2016 at 00:37

Chris I do the same with beetroot and turnips but to a small degree, I wash the beetroot seed first before putting them into the plugs... Handy little things lol.

Artemisia abrotanum / Southernwood

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 00:15

I think I have a thing for the Artemisia family now thanks to Southernwood / Lad's Love, now I am growing Artemisia scoparia. It seems a large family but the old Southerwood is the best...

Compost success!

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 00:08

I know once I dug a trench for my marrows and filled it with new fresh nettle tops, a crazy amount of work for me to do but I filled the trench with them and grass cuttings. I had massive marrows that year...

I would never use horse dung due to the risk of having a cut, but that could be an old wives belief, I do not know but wouldn't adding seaweed to compost heaps be better?

Chimney soot to protect roses from diseases.

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 23:54

I was just wondering, makes you wonder if adding powdered charcoal when planting roses would help them, thanks all.

Grazing rye

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 00:21

I stuck my strawberries into pots for now, I will plant them out when I get the weather and time then myself. I have made my own paper pots before out of newspaper.

I used a square glass bottle to make them around and use a paper stapler to make the end of the side of the paper firm before making them with folds on the bottom with a little masking tape. I put them into a plastic tray I got my parsnips in from the supermarket, which I saved and can get 8 to fit nicely into each plastic tray.

Using Soot

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 23:52

I heard that soot was used on roses to protect them and that using charcoal mixed with the soil can help make pumpkins bigger.

Makes you wonder if charcoal powder might be better as coal soot can have mercury in it I believe?

Chimney soot to protect roses from diseases.

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 23:30

Is it true that Chimney soot is good for roses, it is an old belief and I wonder if it is true after seeing on Countryfile how organic charcoal is being used to protect Ash trees now from Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.

Just curious if it would work on black spot as well?


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Mixed Celery

Mixed celery in one plot. 
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Aronia melanocarpa 'Nero' grafted onto apple tree. 
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Last Post: 27/03/2016 at 20:12

Chimney soot to protect roses from diseases.

Chimney soot to protect roses from diseases. 
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Last Post: 13/03/2016 at 23:54

Does anyone know who sells Primula ‘Perth Sunset’

Primula ‘Perth Sunset’ Hybrid Cowslip Primrose, red in colour. 
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Last Post: 12/04/2012 at 02:35

Artemisia abrotanum / Southernwood

It forms a small bushy shrub. The grey-green leaves are small, narrow, feathery and aromatic. 
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