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tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:07

I think you might find the answer under the thread "Lost Garden Tools"........everything from full sized Spades or Forks down to Secateurs only discovered when someone started their Shredder up

Some people are frightfully good and tidy......always finishing a job and putting their tools to bed at the end of each day.  Others ( like myself ) start a job with one tool, find another job to do using a different tool and then.....well......just lose track of where they ( and their tools ) were last so give up and go to bed with the best intention of hunting them down the following day

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:57

Black Cherry is a good one too  Sungold is also well worth while but maybe a bit smaller than you require.

I have some cyclemen bulbs will they grow now? :)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:52

Similar to snowdrop, anemone, etc.........bags of dried bits usually = disappointment but the garden centres still continue to sell them.............usually accompanied by pics of beautiful flowers to look forward to......baah

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:45

I was told by a local council Environmental person ( aka a Rat Man I suppose ), that if there was only the odd one or two, the best method was to clear any food stations and  stop putting out any food for the birds for 3 weeks or so. The rats would then move off to another kind person's property.  It did seem to work

I have some cyclemen bulbs will they grow now? :)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:23 Nutcutlet says.....nothing to lose.  However, I was looking around a couple of nurseries yesterday and noticed some lovely ones...........the corms at least 4" in diameter and only £4.50.  They were still in growth so seemed an excellent bargain to me

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:18

Same subject but different plant.....i.e. Sweet Peppers.  I recall asking earlier this year if anyone had tried the bull horn variety sold in Sainsbury's and Lidl's as Palermo and whether it would come true as I suspected it would be an F1.  I was told that someone had purchased similar but from Tesco altho they were unsure of the actual variety.  In any event, they said their fruit from saved seed had come true.

I checked out Palermo and it is an F1 saved seeds produced decent Bullhorn peppers but as I was late doing them, few ripened successfully on the plant.  They were certainly edible but I'd say they were not as smooth skinned as the original.

Just out of curiosity, I did check around and found that Palermo F1 seeds are available..........can't recall offhand who was selling them.  As Italophile says, there are several Green tom varieties available.  I don't know how popular they are in the UK but certainly when I lived in S. Europe, they were often preferred to the more familiar red toms.


citrus plants

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:43

A certain amount of leaf drop is normal for citrus in UK at this time of year.  Inside is really too dry for them I find.  Best thing is a sheltered spot in the garden and protect the pot in really cold temps as well as protecting the top growth.  They will probably look tatty come Spring but that's easy enough to sort out.  Cornwall should be safe enough......mine stay out in Somerset ( tho they are about 25 years old).

First greenhouse - advice?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:58

The advice given by Flowering Rose is ideal in theory........practice (if you are a busy gardener) is somewhat different...........there are plenty of good books on the best way to use a greenhouse.  Think about what you are using it for.......propagating, over wintering, filling it with flowering plants, growing veg/salad  etc ?  It is entirely up to you but just remember to enjoy it

Blocking draughts is not always a good need ventilation whatever you are growing otherwise you risk encouraging problems.  Disinfectant is fine when you come to the annual clean up..........not necessary with a new G/H unless you have an identifiable problem.

Rhus Typhina

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:41 most circumstances, the tree will only throw up suckers when it is cut down, damaged or otherwise too drastically pruned.  Planting it with a plastic sheet will do little good.

They are beautiful trees but in the average domestic situation, they can be a disaster waiting to happen..........maybe not for you in the short term but possibly later on....either for you or whoever takes your garden on in later years.

There are a number of equally attractive trees which you could consider.......just as much pleasure but far less angst

grape vines

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:57

Yes and I have had success in Spring and early summer.  You can also do them when you prune your vine when the leaves have the next week or two depending where you are.

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