Latest posts by obelixx

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 14:04

Me too B-L.   I think the chooks have appreared once or twice NB.  Certainly not week in, week out with health bulletins when Nigel can't appear.


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 14:02

If you're very lucky and have a warm summer, swallow tail butterflies may lay eggs and you'll get fat green caterpillars - very civilised as they only eat the frondy bits and don't spoil the bulb.   They like dill too apparently.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:48

Bright sun and heavy frost.   Gardening later when it's warmed up.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:46

So much for seasonality.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:45

Well, if we can have two dogs why not cats and the chickens too?  They all like the garden too.

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:44

Just a quick note - Beechgrove starts again at the end of March in Scotland and will be repeated on BBC2 nationwide on Sundays so set your recorders - - http://www.beechgrove.co.uk/    They do a downloadable factsheet too, every week.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:36

I tried asparagus but the winters are just too cold and they never really got going so, after a couple of years, I gave up.

I can get Hot X buns if I drive 50kms to the English shop (and back) but they're pappy mass produced things so I've taken to making my own.   Not bad.   BBC Good Food site has recipes and this year I'm trying a variation with lemon and grated marzipan.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 21:35

I think pedantry is essential when it comes to facile and highly misleading errors such as the square metres thing.   I also dispute her assertions about the nation's favourite gardener?  Which nation exactly?  In Scotland I bet it's Jim from Beechgrove.   In   England I doubt very much if it's MD and then there's Wales and NI.  

Not that it matters.  We just want a competent presenter for a well produced and directed show.    Except for the voice over, this show delivers but not GW. 

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:55

I think you have to do what works for you.  David Austin recommends burying it and most of my roses are from there, one way or another, so that's what I do.

Bare-root Roses

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 15:03

Different roses have different vigour.  Keep it fed and watered and make sure the graft union is buried an inch or two below the surface of the compost as this helps to establish it and reduce the likelihood of unwanted suckers.

Train the stems out as horizontally or diagonally as possible as this encourages more flowers.   See the RHS website on rose cultivation and pruning.




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Hello Jro - and any other old friends

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