Old timer2

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Garlic oddity?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 19:21

I planted my garlic cloves as usual in October last year. The plants have grown strongly with still green stems approx the thickness of a 10 pence coin, the best I have ever had. I lifted a couple to use and found there were none of the usual cloves at the base. They actually resemble small leeks. The type grown was Provence Wight obtained from a reputable company and a type I have previously grown with good success. Has anyone else come across this sort of unusual growth? Incidently they still taste good but am I rushing things before they mature properly.


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 09:45

Many thanks for your advice to my request re shredders. As I suspected they appear to be not good for my idea and purpose of leaf only shredding. I will continue to compost leaves as before. Thanks to all for taking time to offer advice.


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:36

Does any fellow gardeners have any experience of small electric shredding machines. Are they of any use in shredding leaves so as to speed up the composting process?

Pet safe?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 07:52

Many thanks BrummiebenBen for taking the time to offer your advice. My capabilities are restricted in the use of implements in this field hence the request for information regarding pet safe moss killer which I had hoped might eliminate the hard graft involved in raking out later, maybe I was being over optimistic. But many thanks for your offered advice. Happy gardening.

Pet safe?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 07:45

 ok pansyface your lack of intelligence has been noted.

Pet safe?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 06:31

Thanks Pansyface, a rake is not an option to an invalid!!

Pet safe?

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 20:45

has anyone found and used a pet safe moss removal product? If so any advice would be welcome.

Greenhouse to garden?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:39

Hi Mooresthemerrier.

I set mine out into a sheltered area of the garden yesterday April 6th inside a mesh cage arranged along a windbreak fence. I shall cover with fleece each night and also pull over a sloping roof of polythene sheeting to prevent the fleece becoming rain sodden. This has served me well over the past 40 years here in N Yorks. As for you planting direct into your garden it really depends on which part of the country you garden in, but as the soil has warmed up considerably these past few days it should be possible to set out now and watch weather conditions as they break the surface maybe late April / early May, but be prepared to earth up and cover with fleece etc if late frosts are expected.

Soil Bourne pests

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 15:22

Has anyone used the Nematode treatment to combat a slugs, snails and weevils problem within their garden soil ?. If so how successful was it and is it worth the expense. Maybe a strong diluted drench of Jeyes Fluid might solve the same problem. Any advice would be welcome.

Serious reminder folks....

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 21:54

The gardeners boy is correct, spring forward in Spring fall back in the Fall. That means one our less sleep On the day. But rest assured it is for one night only.

it rather reminds me of my working life when one of my staff said he hated Monday's, I said ok fine, take Monday off and start Tuesday if it makes you feel better. 

The complaint was never raised again.


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