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mile high club

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 14:23

Thanks guys, thats just what i wanted to hear...


mile high club

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 21:36

High guys, got a question and the answer could save me a lot of hassle, it's a common gardening problem, my garden on the east side is lined with leylandii which are high enough, and to be honest it's getting to be a pain having to prune them two or three times a year, the question is can i cut them back say two or three feet into the trunk without harming the tree, and will this stop it growing up and start it bushing out?



kilmarnock willow

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:30

I hope so Alan, as we have had one in a large pot for two years now..



Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:28

You wont compete for very long on price with a big supermarket chain Geoff before your out of business, then they are free to do as they please..




Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:16

I agree Andy, things are tight in this present financial climate, and of course we all love a bargain, why would anyone in there right mind pay over the odds when they can get the same thing cheaper elsewhere, but the point is, or rather my fear is, once the nurseries ( supermarkets competetors) have disapered the supermarkets are free to charge as they like, as they will have an ever increasing share of the market and eventually a monopoly..



Posted: 25/03/2013 at 15:27

I don't know the lay of the land in England Derek, but Dobbies is the biggest garden center chain in Scotland, and they are owned by tesco's, these supermarkets know there's money in plants, they have enormous buying power that small independents can't compete with, i'm afraid they will corner the market so to speak, to the detriment of quality and choice for us gardeners..



Posted: 24/03/2013 at 22:17

An excellent idea for a thread Brum.

This post isn't a rant nor am i preaching it is merely a post to make people think and decide for themselves what is important.

I notice on this thread and others, that we are buying plants from supermarkets and thrift stores, yes i say we cause i am also guilty of this, all i am asking is give a thought to the small independent nurseries in your local area who will undoubtedly go the same way as the high street bakers & butchers etc etc, sure the plants are cheaper at the supermarket, but can they give you the advice at the check-out you can get from a nurseryman? At your local nursery you know where the plants have come from, the local conditions that the plants have been grown in will be suited to you, think about where plants from the supermarkets come from, most come from the continent, Holland, Germany, Italy, think about the carbon footprint it takes to bring these plants to Britain a thing i call plant miles, im not saying these plants are of inferior quality they are more or less the same, but they have been mollycoddled in poly tunnels on the continent. You will also have less choice from supermarkets as they are only interested in profit and what sells well. IMHO the small independents who have a love of horticulture a passion for plants that you wont get from a supermarket will be a thing of the past if we are not careful, next time you are in a supermarket, thrift store check the labeling on the plants if it is just pictures trying to explain how to plant and grow the plant it means it's from the continent and for mass distribution around Europe, i for one would rather pay a few extra pence or pounds to keep my local independents in business.. Sorry maybe i should have posted this on the rant thread...just think about it please..


is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:30

I fear im going to be a bit under the weather come Sunday morning, It's one of our friends 40th birthday, and as is tradition she gets to pick the restaurant, well she has picked a Mongolian restaurant called Khublai Khans, which is fair enough, the only problem is it serves things like zebra and kangaroo, the thing is do i join in the experience or do i wimp out and go for the chicken? I'm not kidding they even have a bit on there website joking that they are going to sue tesco's for selling horse-meat as they have being doing it for years.. YIKES!!...


I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 22:17

Bagz, you say you sow them in compost, make sure it's seed compost as normal compost has to many nutrients for seedlings, the mould and fur sounds like some kind of botrytis, caused by the humidity, maybe try putting the tray in a clear plastic bag when you see condensation on the bag open it and let some air circulate..


MOB rants

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 21:57

I agree with the sentiments about home, im from Scotland i have traveled a lot in my time from all over Europe to Africa and America, i have a sister who lives in Toronto, when i was in my twenties i went over to Toronto with a view to staying there permanently, when i got there it was a different standard of life altogether, so much higher than mine, it had everything you could wish for apart from one thing, the people, the people i loved were all back home, i knew there and then i'd never settle anywhere but Scotland, don't get me wrong i love what Scotland has to offer im only twenty minutes from loch lomond and the west highlands with beautiful mountains and lochs, but it's the people around me that make this wee bit hill and glen my home. Sorry i can't rant about call centers as Mrs Grower works in one, i constantly get stories about people who call her and the daft things they say and do usually when I'm trying to watch something on tv do you know how hard it is to look interested when you are not, please don't tell Mrs grower i said that..


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