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Latest posts by philippa smith2

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Newboy...........Green chutney is good for un ripe toms.........waste of good toms if you use the varieties which remain green when ripe

Using soil riddled with ivy

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:22

Be a shame to dump would only have to replace with new to build up the area for new planting.

If you are pretty certain that you have removed all the roots I'd leave it in situ.  As Pansy says, any roots reappearing should be easy to spot and remove.

Stored Spuds Sprouting

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:49

Rocket...........not huge croppers but make seriously good Wedges.....cut up and deep fried...........dried off and then into the freezer.  Cook in the oven from frozen.  First time trying this method but I'd certainly do it again....nicely dry and fluffy

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:32

That'll explain it then Dove...........there's "tidying" and then there's "tidying".

A few questions

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:27

Strelitzia from seed........I think they take a good few years to reach flowering size.

Auto vent......depends on the make/type.......on mine, I disconnect the vent arm from the g/h and then chain the vent down so it cannot blow open.  If you still have the instructions for your auto vents, see if it tells you the best way to disconnect,

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:18

 Thingamajigs are always the worst culprits.........not only can you not find them, you cannot really remember their proper name to ask other interested ( or not so interested  ) parties if they have seen them recently. 

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:10 have to tie yourself to the fence........I think it's known as "Extreme Gardening"  If its any consolation, just as well you did it today as it seems set to be even windier in the next couple of days.

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:49

I wouldn't worry Connie........most bulbs know what to do.  The exceptionally mild weather has thrown many plants into flowering at odd periods, etc.  Once the temps drop, as they are sure to do before too long, your bulbs will adjust.

If the whole plant world suddenly goes awry, not much any of us can do anyway.  I expect you will still get the spring display you were hoping for.........a little early or a little late ?  Unknown just have to wait and see and enjoy it when it arrives

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:39

Black Cherry is bigger Barbara.........nice colour, good flavour  There are so many varieties these days and people's idea of flavour differs so much.  Decisions, decisions

Experienced Help for Career Guidance

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:33

Your school or college should be able to offer you some career guidance even if only to point you in the right direction.  A good Horticultural/Land Based Studies College may be something to look at too.

It may also be worth trying to find Garden Designers/Landscape Gardeners local enough to you and seeing whether they would be willing to offer you some experience whilst you are still doing your A levels.  Plenty of garden centres/nurseries also undertake design and landscape work and may be willing to offer you some practical experience.  Doing odd gardening jobs for friends and neighbours would also give you some experience ( and hopefully some good recommendations ) to put on your CV. 

You don't say how long you have been "into" practical gardening but I imagine you are fully aware that  a good knowledge of plants is essential for your chosen career.  Sadly, there seem to be a good many "Garden Designers" these days who consider actual living plants to be incidental to their designs.  You sound far too sensible to fall into that trap tho.

Good luck with your ambitions and hope to see you at Chelsea one day 

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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