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Posted: 02/07/2013 at 00:27

Many thanks for the replies folks.  I've only pulled a couple so far and the actual carrot was tiny!,  (And also because I didn't want to get them invaded by the deaded carrot fly).  But - I will keep my fingers crossed & try again in about a weeks time.  I'll let you know the results then.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:07

Hi everyone

Any idea as to why my carrots (which I sowed in March), have such tall & luscious foliage - but tiny little carrots when pulled?  Very disappointing.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:34

Things could be so much worse 'rodgy dodge'.  I have the neighbours from HELL!  When I moved in here alone, almost ten years ago, next door had a karaoke machine, which they sang on late at night - full blast.  Also, while she has a mouth like a fog-horn, he is a total fantasist & boasts & brags about being a company director, (in reality he's a salesman) and is the joke of the whole street.  Frequent parties occurred with their mates shouting, banging doors, etc.  The dog was left alone in the house all day, barking & howling.  Initially, I tried being diplomatic & tactful, then I got angry with them because they showed NO consideration whatsoever.  Finally we got to the point where we were hurling insults & abuse over the fence. Refusing to be a helpless woman, I gave them a bit of their own medicine by making noise - and was threatened by Mr Big Shot!!  (Not sure if I spelled that right).  Anyway, I kept a diary for a while & then went to the police and the local council.  The police involvement was brilliant!  And the outcome is that things are much quieter now - In fact they are up for sale!!  Hallelujah!!  Now, I don't recommend you do the same & retaliate like I did, because it has been a horrible experience.   But what I do say is, it could be so much worse!  So, don't move!!  You have a lovely garden.  Just pray that if & when MY neighbours do move, it's not near to you!!  Good luck!

ceanothus shrub

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 19:45

Many thanks 'fidgetbones'.  Really appreciate the information.  I'm off to take some cuttings now - and hopefully have some success this time!  Thanks again

ceanothus shrub

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 14:53

Hello one & all

I have a lovely tall ceanothus in full flower at the moment and would like to take some cuttings.  Has anyone got any advice on doing so - or had any success taking them?  I've tried but without success before.  My questions are:-  Do I take the cutting with a heel or just below a leaf node?  Do I use hormone rooting powder?  Do I cover the cuttings with a plastic bag?  All & any answers very much appreciated.


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:36

I really like the sound of gooseberry wine BobThe Gardner & Verdun.  Do you have the recipe?  I still have gooseberries in the freezer from last year, so wouldn't mind having a go at that.   Cheers!

fuschia cuttings

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:54

Many thanks to you all for the replies.  Pleased to hear that it is a hardy variety.  I think the thing to do is to put some plants from the cuttings in the ground and  overwinter others in the greenhouse - just to be on the safe side!!  Thanks again

fuschia cuttings

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 19:59

Hello folks

Anyone heard of the bush fuschia "Delta's Sarah"?  My question is:- Is it a hardy type of fuschia?  It has purple & white flowers.  I've just bought one and have taken some cuttings from it, hoping to make it a permanent feature around the garden.  All answers much appreciated.   Thanks.


Posted: 29/05/2013 at 15:35

Many thanks tattianna & verdun for the information.  I'm off out into the garden right now to take some osteospermum cuttings.  I have tried previously - but without success!  Hopefully this time it will work.  Thanks again  nikki7


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 17:39

Hello all

I'd like to increase my osteospermum plants and want to take cuttings.  When is best to take them?  And do I cut below a leaf node or pull off non-flowering shoots with a heel?  Finally, will I get better results by covering cuttings with a plastic bag - or not?  Many thanks for any help on this topic.   Nikki 7

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