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Talkback: In praise of woodlice

Posted: Yesterday at 20:55

Sukia.......  Woodlice are goodies in the garden

spring onion seeds

Posted: Yesterday at 20:19

Modules or outside sowing...........I have had the same NON spectacular results........never had such bad germination before.......


Posted: Yesterday at 19:46

No...........we'll still be discussing Bamboo much as we apparently still seem to be discussing Cats..........both can be thugs without a doubt.

You CAN have Bamboo in your garden.......and enjoy it........just be careful what doesn't have to be a thug if you plan and plant correctly...pretty much the same approach as you would use to any large tree/plant.  The key, as always, is knowing what suits your particular site and the effect you require 

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:24

Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: Yesterday at 18:06

Should be visible soon if not now ................if you prod about at the top of your plant, you should be able to distinguish some flower buds forming. Hope so anyway.

I know I was late sowing mine but most are showing at least buds........some already flowering and fruiting .

A Chilli expert will be along soon to give your further advice

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:58

Pete........that's a fair enough point.  I too like to be fed more than once a week but I wouldn't vouch for what I would taste like

If you can obtain the best flavour by not feeding and watering to excess, I'd think that would be the best way for most amateur growers.  With some plants, little and often is a good idea.....just that in my experience Toms don't require that to produce a good flavoursome crop.

That's my opinion tho.............everyone does things differently.......that is what is so interesting (and frustrating ) about gardening




Where's Mike?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:30

Where's Mike?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:50

Pansyface.......usual thing I'm bad habit of assuming everyone immediately knows what I am on about  So here goes.......this is the "rustic" method I was shown so no cutting crusts of bread or peeling veg (other than onion and garlic ) but can be done if you want.


2 slices of bread

4 large ripe tomatoes

1 Green bell pepper

Half a cucumber

Half an onion

2 cloves Garlic

4 tbs good Olive Oil

2 tsp Salt

One quarter tsp freshly ground Cumin

5 tbs Lemon Juice

One quarter to One half litre of water.


Put bread to soak in water.

Chop up Toms, Cucumber, Pepper, Onion and Garlic .......put in Blender and run until pureed.

Decant the above into a bowl and put to one side.

Squeeze excess water from the soaked bread and run in the Blender until soggy.

Keeping the Blender running, add the Olive Oil little by little until incorporated into the bread.

Add the salt, Cumin and Lemon juice.

Ladle some of the contents of the bowl of veg into the blender and then when fully mixed, tip back into the bowl of remaining pureed veg and mix thoroughly. You can run the whole caboodle thru the Blender again if necessary.

Chill the resulting mixture in the fridge for a few hours. I decant into used Mineral Water bottles to save space in fridge.

As it cools down, it will can add cold water to thin it out to taste.

Depending on the size of your Blender, with the quantities given you may need to do it in two batches.  IMO, it is not worth making in lesser quantities but then again, I love it and so can never have enough

Hope that is easy to follow...........if not, let me know




Posted: Yesterday at 16:08


I hear Gretna Green is, OH and a picnic hamper including champagne......

CAn anyone name this plant for me please

Posted: Yesterday at 15:36

I moved a large A Mollis which had been planted many years ago at the base of a south facing stone wall and never flowered.

Now in a north facing bed under a Willow tree and plenty of impressive flower spikes

Fidget is right tho...........despite thinking I had got the whole lot, I still have several shooting up in the original site.  Some plants just can't take a hint 

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