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whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 15:13

Thanks pansyface

If Tayberry is earlier at least i know which is which as i cant remember which is why i asked the question.

Pots or Trough

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 15:11

Indoor winter chillis do not require much attention i believe at least mine didnt.

Just trim back and do not over water in fact hardly any water.

Beechgrove garden on TV over wintered some in a greenhouse and did not have much success from memory.

My kitchen overwintered plants were really slow growers and are much better this year than last year.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 15:07

I have come to the conclusion that the only way that is working to get rid of my infestation is to stalk the nasty slime ridden monsters and kill them off.

I have been picking whole handful's of individual lettuces, its vial but the most vial thing is coming indoors and having to wash off the slime.

I use salt and washing up liquid followed by a sponge scourer. Has anybody got a better way to dissolve and wash off the slime?

whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 14:59

Got my plants last year planted both and only one is fruiting. was wondering is the difference one is early and one late or is it something else ?

Pots or Trough

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 14:57

I have lots of concrete thats ugly and I have pots and tubs and lots of raised beds. the best is the herb bed made from two scaffold boards it has 11 sorts of herbs in was 12 sorts but replaced the tall pot of mint in the centre with a tall bird bath.

In the other beds and pots have lettuces, tomatoes, various salad leaves, aubergines, courgettes, cucumbers, chillis which i bring in over winter, peppers and a few flowers.

Only thing I would say is checking underneath for slugs and snails takes forever and is very important.


Tomato trouble

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 14:50

Summer of 76 was 5 cant really remember anything except playing in the garden with the dog and lots of water he loved that.

Not sure if i would like a summer that hot as I am not a warm weather person but it would be fun to try and make my own sun dried tomatoes.

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.

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