philippa smith2


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Compost heap delights

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 18:33

But often better flavoured I find.


You may still have time to rescue the seedlings and grow them on sufficiently ( depending on your location) to be able to keep them frost free until next Spring and then start them into growth.


It's very much a matter of whether you have room to do this - ideally, you only require a healthy root system - toms are really perennials and if you can provide the right conditions, you can have an early start next year. It has been known to work - even in the UK


If you have the space, there's nothing to lose by trying is there ?

Garlic in pots

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 17:59

Growing in pots - consider the size of your intended bulb - planted now, you won't be harvesting until next July or August so you need to allow for a good bit of root space.Goes without saying that garlic do better in the ground than in pots but if that's all you have, it;s not impossible.


Check out whether you want hard or soft necked - one stores better than the other.


There are plenty of suppliers - look at them and see what you think.  If you require stronger flavour, avoid the Elephant type - big but not exactly strong.


A bit of research should see you right

Orchid compost

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 17:50

Orchid compost differs somewhat.


What's the constituency of yours ?


Could use it for ferns if you added something perhaps ?


Otherwise mix it with some decent MPC or JInnes and use as a general compost.


All depends on what you have to pot up ?  


Leftovers are leftovers - mix with something else as I frequently do culinary wise - a whole new experience

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 17:24

Lovely photos - brings back a few memories of the WW's in my French gardens. 


Hope next year is good for you in your new place

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 15:43

That's disappointing Nutcutlet - any reason you can think of ?  I don't know how prevalent they are these days.  Other than France, the only other garden I've had in relatively recent years which definitely had the GS's was also in the SW - Devon/Cornwall borders.


Fairy-----exactly.........I used a slightly different word tho  As luck would have it, it's peeing down today so no sunbathing for him/her.  Cheered me up no end tho - especially with the thought that it may grow to huge proportions and pop over to the FB's for a bit of terrorist activity  I live in hope.

dawrf evergreen plants for a metal wall manger

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 18:33

Wall mangers , at least IME, rarely have much depth to them and are therefore quite restricting unless you want to re do them every year.


A sunny aspect ?  House leeks, Black grass and crocus or mini daffs seem to do well. If you choose the right House leeks ( sempervivum), you will 


Shady aspect ?  Small leaved ivy, vinca minor, mini daffs.

Grass Snake - 1st of 2017

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 18:17

One of the 2 juvenile Grass snakes out sunbathing at the side of the pond today.  Rushed in, got the camera, came back out, zoomed in and.........quick flick of a tail and Plop back into the pond before I could press the shutter


That must be the progeny of your half Nutcutlet - I'm pretty sure my half would be better behaved


Smashing to see him/her tho.  I had been thinking I needed to clear the pond a bit but seems a good excuse to leave well alone for now

Annuals looking worse for wear

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:50

Sorry but you have completely lost me


Annuals you clear away now particularly if they are mildewed.  Perennials you can lift, clean and pot for next year.


Soil in a border can just be refreshed ready to plant next year.  


Air circulation is important if you are growing lots of plants closely together but if most are annuals, it won't matter as you will be getting rid of them at this time of year ?


Perhaps a photo of the area you are describing may elicit some more helpful advice ?.  

Indian Bean Tree

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 18:41

Catalpa ?  I believe they can be quite large trees so it would depend on what else you wanted to put in your garden.


You would need to look up some info on them to see how well they would do as a specimen and how they respond to pruning.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 17:28

Victoria - a PM re the Chilli seeds

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