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philippa smith2

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Planning potatoes for next year

Posted: Today at 17:25

Snowthlete.....check out  I had their 2012 catalogue which gave a lot of info on Potatoes.....including the best varieties to grow for specific culinary uses.  An interesting browse if nothing else.

How warm is it with you today?

Posted: Today at 17:00

Ceres.....Snap  I put my "gardening" coat on to walk up to my allotment this am ( it has loads of pockets for all my bits and pieces ) but after about 30 seconds I abandoned it.

It has certainly been windy today but all from the S or SW and humid too.

Fishy....if I wasn't so fond of you, I'd give you a smacked wrist for that comment......I really need it to stay mild for another few weeks...........then it can get colder


Posted: Today at 16:48

Punica was just joking I presume...........of 15 posts he/she has honoured the forum with, only 7 relate to gardening  The remainder were general complaints....none of which were particularly edifying.

Digger, I'm surprised you feel the need to slate all of us so badly.  Apart from the points Kef makes, I thought you also enjoyed a lot of support from all sorts of members re your "Vote for Bob" thread.

It does seem a bit early to be indulging in the famous "Christmas Bickering " ( that well known statistic which says more divorces/separations take place after family get togethers )  Let's at least get Halloween and Bonfire Night over with

Purple Carrots

Posted: Today at 13:29

Obelixx.....thanks for that info.......I shall enjoy my carrots even more now 

Purple Carrots

Posted: Today at 09:49

Obelix.....thanks for the explanation re carrots and Prince of Orange.....that hadn't occurred to me

The Supernatural

Posted: Yesterday at 19:34

It is an intriguing subject to be sure but I think Hostafan is right .............could become rather more contentious than the original post intends. Hope it continues in a friendly fashion and it is certainly good timing ........a good ghost story coming up to Halloween 

Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: Yesterday at 19:10

Could be the trailing one then.....can't think of the name offhand but I think you are right to leave it.  If it looks unhappy when you come back from your hols, clean it up and so long as the base is ok, you should be set to start off again.  Underwatering within reason is usually better than overwatering for Begonias.  Hope it will be ok and that you have a good holiday


Posted: Yesterday at 19:02

If the vine itself is still  alive and the weather is mild enough, I'd leave the fruit on for as long as possible but use some support underneath each fruit to lift it off the soil.

If the vine is finished, then Kathryn's advice is good.  You just have to remember that there is a difference between the fruit ripening and it "curing" ( which will allow you to store the fruit for longer periods ) 

Indoor begonia whilst on holiday

Posted: Yesterday at 18:28

Begonia rex perhaps ?  They are usually fairly forgiving plants.  A watering before you go away and move it away from any heat source ( radiator, etc.).  Better that way than putting it outside ( bit of a shock for it for one thing and you cannot be sure of the weather for the next couple of weeks. 

Growing basil indoors

Posted: Yesterday at 18:15 long as you don't suddenly find yourself doing a "funny walk", I'm sure you will be OK

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

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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