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Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:35 far as I am aware the plant/seed distribution has finished for the time being.  The main concentration for those affected is on the drying out, etc. of properties.  It may well be that plants and seeds will be welcomed again next year to continue renovating the gardens but I don't know for sure.

In the meantime, have you checked out the Seed Swap thread on here ?


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:19

Many thanks to all.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:50

I have in my time looked after numerous birds of prey.......Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, various owls..............all "accident" birds ( some deliberate "accidents of course ).....when it is possible to release is a tremendous feeling.

I do the same for other birds too


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:32

Not sure about Onions but you can grow the short root carrots in containers.....they usually do quite well


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:29

Whilst this isn't strictly a gardening dilemma, there are plenty of forum members who keep poultry either in their gardens or on their allotments.

The allotment holder next to me keeps 6 Chickens .........not very well IMHO but that is by the by.  On several occasions when going up to my allotment, I have noticed his Chickens are without water. On the first occasion, with no sign of the owner, I filled up the water container.  When I next saw the guy, I mentioned that I had given his C's water and he thanked me. Trouble is, this is becoming more than a one off.  I don't see the person very often but I do seem to end up having to give his birds water.  Yesterday, they were pretty desperate for it and no sign of the owner.

My main worry is that I don't visit the allotment every fact recently with other projects to deal with, maybe not for 3 or 4 days. giving the birds water when I see their drinker dry, am I giving the owner an easy "let out "...i.e. some other mug will see to it or should I bite the bullet and not water them in the hope that the rightful owner will twig that they need to get their act together ? 

I've been in this predicament before where I have watered outside dogs when their owners can't be arsed but I am wondering whether it is the best solution ?

Wondered whether any of you had any particular thoughts on the matter ?


Any winter flowering plants recommendations

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:30

The winter honeysuckle is a real treasure.....semi evergreen and the early bees and other insects flock to feed from it

Kalanchoe care

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:25

Kalanchoe ........usually a houseplant and will not survive outside in UK winters.  Nice gritty soil and good light indoors and it will reward you with flowers.  Easy to propagate.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 17:15

My inherited grape vine is against a south facing wall outside and is probably at least 20 to 25 years old.  I don't know the variety for sure but given the age, I think it Black Hamburg.

A nice purple/black sweet grape.  Most of the fruit is now ready to pick although the odd grape within a bunch is still green.  Unlike yours, the green fruit is still sour so I think perhaps Steephill is correct.......if your grapes are sweet enough to eat and still green, they are ripe.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:41

Joe.......yes, I agree.  As I said, the Sparrowhawk is the most frequent and the Peregrine an occasional.  This is the second garden I have had within this locality during the last 15 to 20 years in which the Peregrine has made itself known.   

cestrum nocturnum

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:24


Discussions started by philippa smith2


Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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