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Chilli Seed Swap

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:36

My chillies have taken ages to recover from being battered falt by hail in May and the labels got blown away too so I have fruits only just starting on most and no idea which is which yet so I won't offer to swap seeds unless anyone wants Basket of Fire as that was indoors in May and has done well.

It's a small chilli plant that makes small, upwardly pointing chillies that keep producing all winter when I bring it in and put it on my south facing kitchen window sill.  Last year's plant is still fruiting tho not as prolifically.


The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:13

If you want sound, practical advice presented in an efficient and friendly manner and with a good factsheet available you should watch Beechgrove which is a long standing programme from Scotland now available nationwide on BBC2 on Sunday mornings.  It packs in an amazing amount of info without seeming hurried and they do useful trials of growing methods and plants.

If you want a quiet half hour to sit with a  glass of wine and just relax without being challenged then GW fits the bill.   Monty's is a knowledgeable gardener but his garden and his weekly projects have little relevance to small gardens and new gardeners.   The best bits now are the external visits to specialist growers, other gardens and Carol's new gardeners.   NIgel is a nice dog but he's an unnecessary distraction in a programme which already has far too lottle content from the main presenter.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 08:54

I should also add that not only were the bottles free but the process of collection was enjoyable and the wall has survived a low of -32C with no adverse effects.   Normal winter temps here are -15to -20C for a few weeks.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 12:00

See first sentence - mortar free.

Any idea what this is?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:59

They look a lot like the flag iris that's trying to take over my garden after escaping from my unlined, natural pond which it is busy terraforming.   A pest if it is.

Plant it in a pot and see what it does there before you let it loose in your garden.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:57

My oakleaf lettuce looked just fine last weekend and I was hoping they'd be ready for eating as of this weekend but the ver hot week we've just had has made the all bolt.  However the kale and Savoys and broccoli and re cabbage are all doing well.  No other veg left so thinking of sowing red clover if I can cadge some seeds from my farmer neigbours or covering with black plastic to see off the weeds.

I did stock up on some spring bulbs at the plant fair yesterday so will be sure to get them planted.

Hop all is well now and that you are OK.

Salvia Hot Lips

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:51

Since these are not reliably hardy and you never know what this winter will throw at us I would wait till spring and then cut it back as low as you like to a pair of healthy buds on each stem.  Use the trimmings to take cuttings as insurance and for swaps.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:48

I have a mortar free retaining wall but it's made from bottles, not bricks.  It's been there 18 years and never moved but the bed behind is plants, not lawn so isn't walked on every day or mowed every week but it is at seating height so does get sat on.

We gave it proper foundations with a concrete filled base and then simply laid the bottles.  There's a paving set wall at either end to hold them up but nothing between them.  We topped it the long side with slabs of marble from an old fireplace we demolished and the short bit has a railway sleeper top.

The tall, straight side bottes with high shoulders are best for ease of use.



Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:17

Paniculata means cone-shaped so pointier flower heads.

A couple of questions for Uni

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 13:34

And don't forget people also garden in cities and the countryside and some of us here are not in the UK but on the continenet and even further afield.

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