philippa smith2

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How to prune a fig tree?

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:00

A touch of frost perhaps ?

bulbs in pots

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:55

Once the foliage has died down, lift the bulbs and set them out on a rack of sorts somewhere out of the rain.  Once they are dry, you can clean them up if necessary, dust with sulphur powder ( optional) and store them in paper bags somewhere cool and dark.

Just a word of caution - this method doesn't suit all bulbs so it depends on what you are trying to save. If it isn't too long before you move house, you can just remove the bulbs from the pots and plonk them in plastic bags and replant as soon as possible in their new home.  At least you can stack your pots for the removal company to take and leave you with a somewhat lighter load for yourself.


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 09:19

Fingers crossed then GD


Posted: 30/04/2017 at 17:43

They grow in the same way as cucumbers GD.  One problem I always found is that they never produced enough fruit at one time to do much with

New geraniums

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:09

A touch of cynicism there Pete ?


Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:05

Likes a sunny well drained site on the dry side.......usually happy enough to flower in these conditions.

Nettle fertiliser

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:03

Like anything organic, it will only last and keep it's potency for a certain length of time.  Why not just use it now and then make some more ?  If you have a good supply of nettles, you can just keep cutting and making your feed until you run out of nettles.

Spanish slugs

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 15:24

Are we really going to see tinned/canned Spanish Slugs in the shops now ?  In brine or jelly ?  Already salted ?

Mmmmm - feeling peckish already

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 15:19

Margaret - there is an earlier thread on this forum re the poor customer service from T&M. You should be able to find it via the Search facility.

There appeared to be a CS operator who responded fairly positively to complaints and undertook to deal with them swiftly.  Can't recall his name - just that he was "on duty" at weekends.  Other than that, I believe some people found complaining via Facebook tended to get a quicker response to their complaints.

Hope this helps before you go into complete meltdown 

weed ident

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 15:06

More loved by insects than gardeners I suspect. Try and catch it before it sets seed - at least that way, you will hopefully stop it spreading to "clean" areas.

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