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Latest posts by nin

Lost garden tools

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:40

fairy girl thats a very neat and organised tool kit, wish i could be that tidy.

Mr toast may I say that is a very large and impressive rake.

The only thing I do not loose in my garden is my gardening gloves as they are always in my big bag;started keeping them their as when ever i go out the door i find a baby bramble or nettle to pull up or six.

Mini Munch Tomatoes

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:20

I was given a packet of un wanted mini much tomatoes for children this year. The plants so far are tiny and planted back early April.

These are supposed to be for window boxes and I think the plant grows the size of a football mine are about 7-8 inches at the moment with thick stems.

I was wondering has anybody grown these and what are they like for taste crop size etc.


What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:10

I have read this post and been reminded of what I often think when on here and thats what a lovely lot you all are and however much the garden gets me down when it goes wrong it lifts me up by thrice as much or I just look on here for the little hope that gets me going again.

Patience will never learn that fiddling is to tempting I agree. keep trying even when you fail over and over yes thats another one of mine.

And a couple more learns this week for me always look in other peoples skips.

I asked a builder who was filling a skip at the local pub if he was really skipping the half oak barrels he was throwing in and he said do you want them. Yes I said, knowing the pub only got them last summer from the brewery.

I borrowed a trolly from Marks and wheeled them home all three for free. Another learn Marks Trollys are unstable with two Oak Barrels in: trolley tipped and i chased a rolling barrell down the road; reloaded and off I went.

Planted up and oh they look lovely, will paint the metal bands and put preservative on the wood come the end of the summer to keep in tip top condition. Wanted a barrel for ages but so expensive now I have three,

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:56

I just thought it would be interesting to ask what others have learnt this year in their Gardens.

I have learnt so much the main thing has been if you plant soft herbs, veg and flower seeds the only way to really stop the Slugs and Snails is with pellets; and I do not want to do that as I love my very friendly robin to much. If you had asked me a year ago I would of said I would pellet.

Next year will plant these soft veg and flowers early, very early grow on large in the house and use pellets in the cold frame to protect them its a hard choice but hopefully when i plant out things will have a fighting chance. I think I will also plant everything out same day strength in numbers.

I have learnt even cloches or bottles over plants will not protect plants from moluscs: but radishes around lettuce seem to help a little maybe because slugs and snails only go for radish when nothing else available and radishes peppery smell keeps the worst of the slugs away, maybe.pity no one in my house eats radishes.

Nematodes only seemed to cause a mollusc population explosion and cost a fortune money would of been better spent on plant food.

I have learnt to check the airing cupboard daily when seedlings are in there to stop them getting leggy and at times twice daily.

I have learnt if you do not want it stolen chain it up.

Broad beans sown in Autumn give me a good crop and I think the earliness seems to help avoid black fly. will do this next year.

Hard fruit like currents, Tayberries and loganberries are the best investment fruit and veg wise I have ever made and although the Japanese wine berry only has small fruit who cares its so pretty. yellow raspberries are bland and do not look that appertising in reality even if they sound good.

Dahlias from seed are fun even if what you get can be random that's the fun.

And of all the strange things Chilli's, tomatoes and Dahlia seed make me the happiest and I must remember not to over water them or it sets them back.

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 14:30

punkdoc thanks for the recipee

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:31

I am going to pick up three Acers all different from my parents old house on Thursday. They are all in pots but I would like to give them a boost by potting in Larger pots. I have been lucky enough to get three 2 year old half oak barrels from a local pub having a garden refit which I think would make great pots for the Acers.

These Acers were loved very much by my Dad now passed away and they are 8-12 years old roughly. I dont think Mum has really looked after them much last couple of years apart from watering.

I need to know perfect soil to use, and where to get it from john innes, etc and what is the perfect position.

I also need to know re watering and winter care.

I cant take any risks with these as they were Dads, so they will get everything they need.

Please any Acer experts any help will be very gratefully received



Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:52

Geoffrey Smith, Percy Thrower, I grew up with and loved . For me its partly what Beechgrove has over GW, that comforting fatherly advice that makes me think I can do this.

Market Stall/Polytunnel

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 11:53

Harriet 3

Just wanted to say you lucky girl, am green with envy


Where are YOU?

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 12:24

Hi Dove.

My fathers ancestor  walked from Suffolk to Herts for work .My dad however had/has  cousins in Suffolk. Never met them but Dad loved the area. I love the quiet and am not a people person by any stretch of the imagination. Suffolk is perfect from my perspective, great low house prices, good soil, and countryside as it should be.

I think its Dads stories of his grans dumplings without suet and all the bread  pies and jam she made it just sounds like the life i would like.

Where are YOU?

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 10:53


I am just outside Watford in Hertfordshire, its great reading where people are from.

I wanted to move to Suffolk when kids were small for more space and quality of life but stayed around here for the boys  Grandads, now the boys are 16,20,and 22 and no Grandads left. I can't move now as the boys all have lives  around here and property is really expensive here, if i moved now would need to keep the house for the lads.

keep doing the lottery maybe will be able to afford another house in Suffolk one day.

Discussions started by nin

Slug and Snail slime

whats the best way to get it off your hands? 
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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 00:21

whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

I have both and only one is fruiting 
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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 16:32

Mini Munch Tomatoes

Has anybody grown this mini tomato plant 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 19:14

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Its been full of ups and downs but have learnt a lot. 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 17:31

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

what soil position etc left to me by my Dad 
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Last Post: 10/06/2014 at 16:50

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

plant pots near Watford herts 
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Last Post: 13/05/2014 at 16:44

Mad veg idea needed for small terrace house front garden

Why my neighbours think i am barking, its a way to meet people. 
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Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 14:58

Carrots not germinating

can anyone help please ? 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 17:38

Help making feed for plants

Got my nettle soup going, but what else can i do ? 
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Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 16:07

Hanging basket tomatoes

Any advise for growing tumbling and current toms in hanging baskets 
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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 16:37

Cold frame sighting and building.

where to put a cold frame and building 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 15:45

Help my soils got nits

my veg patch has nit like bugs all over 
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Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 16:22

Show size onions like my uncle used to grow

Which variety 
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Last Post: 14/09/2013 at 12:23

Its all a bit green and so much is nearly there but not quite

Chilis, peppers, toms and cues 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 13:02

Its all a bit green and so much is nearly there but not quite

peppers, chillis , toms and cues 
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Last Post: 16/09/2013 at 08:33
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