philippa smith2

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home page ,help?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:07

Relax granma............mine is doing exactly the are not alone

Sweet potato

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:02

Much as I hate to admit defeat, I've decided that I do not have sufficient space to grow Sweet Potato to obtain a decent crop.

However, I noticed recently one of the online sellers of SP plugs also mentioned that the leaves can be eaten.

Anyone used the leaves and are they as delicious as the advertiser suggests ? 

Grow box with monitoring and remote control system

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 22:35

I feel you are in danger of repeating yourself Vivi. 

Simplify Gardening - Close to perfect tools?

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 18:27

Hazel.......sorry you couldn't find anything.  Maybe I'm going back too far into the distant past

There are so many of the dwarf/miniature Sunflowers on the market these days - perhaps supports aren't considered necessary.

I used to grow the Russian Giant sunflowers......they were thick stemmed and in fact needed no support other than little sticks against them whilst they were young.  Within weeks, you could discard the sticks and let them get on with it. 

Perfect weather

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 18:17

Just think about all the stuff you wouldn't know if you were younger

Might not help with the green waste ...........someone has a working elbow, you borrow it..........swings and roundabouts

Problems with a dragon tree

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 18:08

Perfect weather

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 18:00

Verdun........yes, I'd probably be that selfish too


I got the step ladders out this am........intended to prune the grape vine over the pergola but by the time I got up there, my fingers were too cold to work the secateurs.

Turned the compost and fed the fish and newts instead and then retreated indoors to make a load of soup.

Used to be out in all weathers.......feel like a wimp these days

Problems with a dragon tree

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 16:31

Steve.....your dog obviously thought he/she was helping by pruning your plant.

If the roots are still ok, it will soon sprout ( plant rather than dog of course ).

Problems with a dragon tree

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 16:27

Cst......if your plant pots sit in a saucer, the water won't drain away fully.  You might get better results if you raise the pots on a layer of gravel.  Still need to watch the watering but it may help

Perfect weather

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 16:23

Lucky you Guernsey........started off beautifully here but then......surprise, surprise.......turned wet, cold and windy

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

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Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2016 at 15:35

Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/03/2016 at 19:23

Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Another Vine Weevil warning

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Pond plants

ID needed please 
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Early activity 
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Seed and Plant swap 2016

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Ryan the gardener 15

Are you there ? 
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