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Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:41

Daisy........Black Cherry are also really well flavoured.......I find they are just a little bit later than Sungold but also slightly larger.....which makes the extra wait worthwhile.

I don't know about the "Tomato Growing" website but reduced strength more often doesn't sound much use to me.  Could be wrong but if you are after flavour, then too much TLC often results in disappointment IMO.

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:34

On the Watergarden


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:30

OL....I think it may be Turtles you can't bear then.......but I suppose for your purposes, both are the same.  You made me smile when you refer to them as "they"....never mind, at least you aren't likely to come across them suddenly in your garden so that is a plus........and I've never heard of "wild" or even "feral" Cheesecake so you are nightmares for you

Phobias are just that..........not always a rhyme or no more weird than the rest of us


My Garden - Past, Present and Future

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:06 is obvious you have worked extremely hard and what a lovely view you have too


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:03

Oysters........ugh...............someone offered me them..........everyone else was slurping them down so I felt rude not to as far as picking them as far as my lips......that was it............just couldn't do it.  The kind hostess rushed off and gave me my own little slice of Pate instead......Black Truffle so I managed that


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:56

OL........there is nothing quite like watching a tortoise hatching from the egg.  I'd agree  about the Cheesecake doesn't even wriggle

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:43

Sungold is one of the best.

You say you are leaving the fruit on the windowsill ?  Are you not letting them ripen on the plant at all ?

Too much water always reduces the flavour IMO and you shouldn't need to be giving them a feed at the rate you say.  Once a fortnight if  even that.

I grew Tumbling Toms last year for the first time and I admit I wasn't overly impressed but I think you should look again at your watering/feeding regime to get better results as to flavour

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:05

Louise........I think you have some really good advice above and I would agree that maybe you take a little more time to be sure in your own mind how you want the garden to be.

A designer of any description....whether for your kitchen or your garden..........will work within the parametres you set.  If you want to kick ideas around first, do just what the other posters have advised..........look around other gardens as well as your own (you can always adapt, scale up/down )........discuss your ideas/plans on the forum  and with your family members.  When you have a good basic idea of what you want/need and, more particularly what you definitely don't want, then that will be the time to call in your Landscaper and/or Designer.

Sorry if that sounds a bit bossy but it IS your garden and you need to set the agenda

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:06

Not films  but.........Carnation Street.  Inspector Moss.  The Old Grey Mildew Test.

Being disabled does not mean incapable

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:19 sounds as if you had a really rotten day

SnowA has a point.........once you have "cooled off", you should write to the organisers and set out the problems you encountered.  After all, if they were happy to take your money they should be equally happy to listen to your comments. 

Unfortunately, they won't be able to do much about the thoughtless and rude people who obviously made a bad experience much worse.

Hope it won't put you off visiting other places tho

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