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Garden courses

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:32

Look for local agricultural colleges or the RHS.......conversely, approach any of your local Nurseries, Garden Centres, Landscape Gardeners/Architects........they may well have some suggestions.  Your LEA might also be worth approaching as Garden/Land Based Skills seem to be more popular these days.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:24

Verdun is correct (but I know he would never ever plant any bamboo ).  You can make life a little easier by planting a bamboo which isn't so rampant.  All of them need a bit of a judicious eye but they can make a good plant...........just choose the correct one for your needs and put a barrier in if you are able to. You can also plant in a large container just proud of the surrounding ground.......that way you can control emerging runners but be aware that you will need to water and feed more, especially in dry weather.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:20

I will have Aquilegia "William McGuiness" for Autumn sowing if anyone would like ?

Dead lavender, strange stem = cod?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 09:39

Ants will affect the plants but only by being in the planters in large numbers.  They dislodge the soil from around the roots thereby leaving the roots susceptible to drying out and dying off. 


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 10:14

Alyssum Mrs. G........beautiful sweet honey like fragrance.......easy from seed


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 10:05

You are probably right Nutcutlet..........annoyingly, it worked too

Gloves and suits on then Dove........ready ?


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 09:53

I wonder if worms have their own forum ?  Offering advice on how to eradicate problem "gardeners" ?  That could be why the OP has disappeared

Seriously dreadful advice offered above.


Tomato support

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 09:17

Stout canes and tied in regularly with raffia.  Otherwise 2 uprights and a top bar and plant your toms with long lengths of the toms grow up twist the stems around the string and tie in to top bar.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:52

Remember to leave one to set seed tho if you want more in your garden

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:35

I think you will find that it is just a new stem pushing up.  Obviously your TLC worked

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

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Great gardening weather

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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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Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Regenerating old plant. 
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Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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