philippa smith2

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Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:21

I haven't grown in modules but like Chris, have grown successfully in containers (long troughs in my case ).  With depth and good drainage, it is certainly possible to harvest a reasonable crop


Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:15

That's a shame Heather........I grow most of my Toms outside and usually get a good crop ( Somerset ).

New pond

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:10

You can have both fish and wildlife but as Fgirl says, you do need a large pond.  I inherited fish with my present pond and couldn't rehome them.  For preference I wouldn't have the two together.  However, my pond is still an excellent and very active wildlife centre so happy enough with it

It is true that the fish will eat some frog spawn but in fact, so do the Newts......I've watched them tucking in and enjoying.  Some always survive tho as evidenced by the number of this years "Froglets" .  At a push, you can always keep some spawn in a container until tadpoles which gives them a slight edge.

If you feed your fish ( which I only do rarely ), you will also notice that the Newts are also partial to a free lunch as well

Garden mowing strip - Please advise

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:39

Snap Edd..........Yoghurt has many more uses than actually eating it I find ....I often wonder why it is not advertised as the Gardener's Friend

A tiny plant ID, and a quick question about roses.

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:34

IceTwin.........hate to be picky but that looks rather a large pot for the little tree.  Coming up to winter wet and possible frosts (or at least I assume that's what we'll get anyway ), just need to make sure it doesn't get waterlogged before it gets a good root system established.  If you have a pot full of wet compost and few roots to take up the the excess moisture, you also risk your pot freezing and possibly cracking.  Sorry

Fungi - but what kind

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:28 excellent shot ...thank you  Better watch it tho or Fairygirl will be attempting to climb into your picture

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 11:04

Really beautiful..........thanks so much for letting us share your day

Bourton House Garden Gloucestershire

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 10:59

Beautiful pics Gina.......long time since I visited there

My single Chicken topiary looks pretty sad against that family


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:02

Fidget...........the Tulip fields are really well worth a visit.......serious "envy" issues tho

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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:38

Liri............thanks for the update on Incredible Edible..........I remember my sister enthusing about the start of that scheme and it really does seem to have taken off....just shows what can be done doesn't it ?

In fact, I was meaning the renovation and planting up of the Canal and river's been going on for several years now.........I know my sister has been involved more or less from the beginning and is still planting and clearing. 

It's a few years since I was last in Todmorden.....I used to enjoy walking up beyond Victoria Rd ( I think )  and up on the Tops somewhere is a garden containing several lovely trees I grew from seed some 30 years ago and needed a home for

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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

Any recommendations please ? 
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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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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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