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They're bossing it now........

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:42

Echinaceas are superb plants (don't know Marmalade but sounds very attractive).

I'd be tempted to let them boss my garden's only if they start to boss you about that you may need to worry


Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:19

Salino........posts crossed

Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:17 has been said in the previous post (and several previous to that I think  ), you really do need to do some careful research on this one if you want to avoid the pitfalls.

I think someone suggested a good book on the subject in the Bamboo thread.........may be an idea to arm yourself with as much info as possible so that you will at least have an idea of which type of bamboo may do the job you require of it.

As to costs, decent bamboos can be pretty expensive and some of the trees you mentioned might well compare pricewise ?


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 09:29

Talkback: In praise of woodlice

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:55

Sukia.......  Woodlice are goodies in the garden

spring onion seeds

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:19

Modules or outside sowing...........I have had the same NON spectacular results........never had such bad germination before.......


Posted: 22/07/2014 at 19:46

No...........we'll still be discussing Bamboo much as we apparently still seem to be discussing Cats..........both can be thugs without a doubt.

You CAN have Bamboo in your garden.......and enjoy it........just be careful what doesn't have to be a thug if you plan and plant correctly...pretty much the same approach as you would use to any large tree/plant.  The key, as always, is knowing what suits your particular site and the effect you require 

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:24

Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:06

Should be visible soon if not now ................if you prod about at the top of your plant, you should be able to distinguish some flower buds forming. Hope so anyway.

I know I was late sowing mine but most are showing at least buds........some already flowering and fruiting .

A Chilli expert will be along soon to give your further advice

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 17:58

Pete........that's a fair enough point.  I too like to be fed more than once a week but I wouldn't vouch for what I would taste like

If you can obtain the best flavour by not feeding and watering to excess, I'd think that would be the best way for most amateur growers.  With some plants, little and often is a good idea.....just that in my experience Toms don't require that to produce a good flavoursome crop.

That's my opinion tho.............everyone does things differently.......that is what is so interesting (and frustrating ) about gardening




Discussions started by philippa smith2

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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 19:26 and then

How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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