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Posted: 05/05/2015 at 09:32

As you know the correct name, try posting your query in the Fruit and Veg thread.  You are more likely to attract a specific response that way


Posted: 05/05/2015 at 08:55

The only Pepino I know of is a Gherkin.  That is the name in Spanish.  If that is what it is, you grow them exactly as you would a Cucumber.

Rampant strilezia (bird of paradise)

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 08:12

Strelizias expand by suckering.  The best thing would be to dig up the whole clump and divide it.  If you want to keep the plant growing where it is, discard the oldest sections and replant the best and newest piece. Just be aware that you will probably have to do this again when it outgrows your space.   I'm not sure whether this time of year would be a good idea to attempt this........maybe wait until the cooler months?

Free tickets available

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:37

I have several complimentary tickets for the Zoological Society of London which I am unlikely to use.

Each ticket admits either 1 adult  OR  2 children and can be used at either London Zoo  OR  at Whipsnade Park.  They are valid for use until 28th February 2016.

Please note - these tickets are NOT for resale.

If anyone would like some, please PM me your address and I will post on.


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:19 must be at least a millionaire by now.  Watch out for the scammers - they'll be after your Cat Pot soon.


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:48

Make sure your water isn't metered tho or you could end up paying a rather large bill

Mysterious Rhizome

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:45

I'd plant it up before it dries out and then post a picture when it starts to leaf

Bay Tree Problem

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:42

Potted "Standard" bays, particularly small ones, do suffer more from bad winters.

At least tho you have a chance of bringing it back to life as you still have some fresh growth.  I would suggest you trim carefully and leave before you decide on your new leader. 

Olive trees

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:51

Pruning will provide you with bushier top growth but won't alter the diameter of the trunk.  That will only come with age.  Your garden centre are displaying old trees which would have had the amount of top growth commensurate with the age.

What can we do with coffee grounds

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:21

I spread both coffee grounds and used Tea leaves on a tray, let them dry and then store them in an airtight bin.  I use them mostly to add to compost when potting on or planting direct into the garden.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 12:17

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 09:48

Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 16:52

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Last Post: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 16:33

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 13:29

Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Last Post: 06/11/2014 at 09:37


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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