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Growing Cardoons

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 08:40

Oh thank you all for these comments. Punk - I am glad you said that about seeds as I could not see where they are! I will have to dig deeper to find them.



Growing Cardoons

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 22:54

I have had a lovely cardoon in the garden this year and wondered how to grow another for next year. There are some long silky threads in the dead flower heads - are these the seeds? There are also some new leaves growing at the base. Does this mean that it is regenerating itself? I would be most grateful for any info on this plant as it was great for bees this year. Thanks.

Overview of the summer season- How has your's been?

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 14:31

Oh yes...had a good sun tan too!. Looked like I'd been on an expensive holiday not just the Costa Del Back Garden!  

Overview of the summer season- How has your's been?

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 08:50

We had a three month drought this summer here in Hampshire. Despite that, once it did rain in August, most stuff did well.

The real goodies were French beans and carrots. Leek moth attacked the leeks so I must remember to put micromesh over the pants next year - it was only laziness that prevented me this year.

Some annuals suffered a bit but we have had a wonderful autumn display.

When I was working I used to pray for dry weekends and now I want the opposite!

Who still has bees?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 16:31

As well as the above, most honey bees are on the ivy flowers now, stocking up their stores before winter comes. They are still flying despite the heavy rain showers.

compost bin on stone flags

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 09:38

I had a tumbler compost bin for a while and that stood on slabs. I freecycled it in the end because it took ages to rot down and I got fed up with turning it...and the lid kept popping off. Did not tell that to the man who took it away though...

compost bin on stone flags

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 18:16

I might be a bit dopey here, but I thought that compost bins had to go on the soil /  ground so that worms could wriggle their way up into the compost.  Can bins stand on paving slabs and still produce compost?

Talkback: 10 cosmos to grow

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:52

They must have seeds in France too because whenever we go there, the fields have huge wide strips of cosmos planted next to them. They look terrific.  And they seem to continue to flower much later in the year.

Seed saving

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 08:03

Seed saving really is addictive...I am in therapy for it... It is always lovely to have a tray on healthy plants for free as seed is so expensive!

Best buy bulbs

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:44

There is a much bigger range here than I expected. Thank you everyone. I looked at the Kiss My Grass site and they do bulk packs in the thousands...a little too many for me!  I'll work my way through the  other suggestions.

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Growing Cardoons

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Best buy bulbs

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Can I store Charlotte potatoes?

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Storing Charlotte potatoes

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Monty and those gardening sins...

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Soil based compost

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Failing plants from online supplier

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When do potatoes flower?

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Dwarf Cosmos

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Sick hebe

Bare branches and worse 
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Potato planting dilemma

Going away... 
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Hiring a lawn scarifier

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Sarah Raven Sales

Are they worth it? 
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Washing fleece

This is not housework gone mad ... 
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