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Bargain of the year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 15:10

My best bargain was in a small independent garden centre. We were walking to the till & I saw `sick bay`. There was a small tatty, sickly copper fennel for 50p, as we had just been to South of France & had seen & smelt fennel & lavender on the mountains I bought it. It is now as tall as me & has multiplied 5 times. In fact its taking over!


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 11:23

Many thanks Italophile. I had a wonderful crop last year and although there are a lot of berries this year not as many. So this autumn I shall get going with my secataurs; the guide is very clear and helpful. Thanks again.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 16:08

I have 3 blueberry bushes in pots, I am interested in trying cuttings but have been wondering about trimming them? Should I? Would cutting them back damage them? When is best? They are about 5/6 years old and just over 1m in height.

For whom do we garden .............

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 14:23

All 3 of my plants are `Top Hat` and I`ve had them in the same tubs for 4 years. First year I only had a small crop but each subsequent year it has increased. Enjoy them but the blackbirds also like them!

For whom do we garden .............

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 16:27

I`m glad to be reminded to feed my blueberries. Had an excellent crop last year, they`re in tubs, so made sure I had copper strip around because I have real problem with slugs & snails. Yuck

Talkback: Nesting robins

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 16:20
I have 2 robin families, one near the house & the other at the bottom of the garden. The ones by the house are very friendly and make sure I keep up a regular supply of food at the Leylandi Restaurant by telling me off, (I suspect they slag me off on Twitter).
I know, all my family & friends think I`m pathetic!!!

saving begonias

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 16:31

I wanted ground cover & as I like sweet peas thought they would be nice & give me a few cut flowers all summer. They just were untidy & all over the place. I tried to grow some upright but they did not reach the height of normal ones. I simply will not go for new `novelty` plants again. I like the large double flower corm begonias they are so `look at me` but make a good show.

saving begonias

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:17

dear Mike W thanks for your suggestion not to keep begonia corms, I might try to keep a few that are really good but put the rest in the compost. Were the plugs fibrous root begonias? This year I tried plugs of new ground cover sweet peas - hopeless untidy mess!

saving begonias

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 16:22

Thanks for all those tips about begonias. I have 18 pots/baskets with them and they make a lovely show and i want to keep them. I managed to keep 6 over last winter but forgot when I took them in. Hope its nice for the next 2 weeks to get the garden straight and plants inside. 

saving begonias

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 11:57

Thanks Sotongeoff - about keeping begonias. I did keep some over last winter but just hoped for the best. I wasn`t too sure when to bring them in as they are still in flower. They were not quite as good as last year, even new corms but we have had terrible weather. Hoping for a nice weather next week to go out in the garden. I know - I`m a wimp!

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