philippa smith2

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Bonsai tree

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 18:43

Bonsai tree

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 18:41

My first thought too

Bonsai are absolutely fascinating......can quickly become addictive......would advise a good book giving basic techniques and care............alternatively, there are many localised Bonsai Clubs and Societies or plenty of information online I imagine. 

You will eventually want to repot, root prune, shape, etc.  I assume you are keeping it outside and just brought indoors for photo ?

Looks a healthy little tree anyway

Facebook Rose Competition

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 18:34 pleased for you...........many congrats

Freshly picked peas

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 00:38

Would agree with that wholeheartedly.....frozen Brussels are practically inedible......not worth the space, effort, electricity

Sweet potato

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 23:31

Ooh thanks Bob............that is kind of you. 

I'm keen to try them but was a bit cautious because I'd have to do them outside (no room in g/h and no longer have polytunnels ).  I could do them under cloches I guess...that was my first thought. My allotment is new this April ......hand digging the weeds has taken me longer than expected and despite having about half "under production" at the moment, I know I have to improve the soil over Autumn/Winter.

I will follow your progress with interest and look forward to the pics.  Thanks again for taking the trouble

Advice on Growing Herbs Please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 22:18

Amanda.....sounds like you have a good method

If you have sown seeds, then each shoot will be a little plant in the making.  Depends on the room you have but normally you would prick out each seedling into its own individual pot...if you have that many, 2 to a pot won't hurt.....they can be separated as they grow on but doing it that way, you can risk damaging the roots when you split them later on.  With that many seedlings tho, it probably doesn't matter if you lose one or two.

Your friends will be happy at any rate

Freshly picked peas

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 22:09

IGrow....I'd never thought of freezing beetroot.......I love it but either eat fresh or I pickle (not the same I know ).  What do you do ?  Cook completely ? Part cook ?  Whole roots or sliced ?  Be pleased to know so I can try.  Thanks

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:41

Dove.......thank you...........I'll try that and see if I can distinguish in practice.  ( with my luck, both will have got fed up with my efforts and buggered off the instant I have them sorted ......... hopefully,I'll be prepared next time  tho )

Sweet potato

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:19

I do like Sweet potatoes but have never grown them.

I noticed this year that T & M were offering plug plants as opposed to the more usual slips........their explanation being that many of their customers had, to put it kindly, found the slips a rather erratic process.

I'd like to try some next year on my new allotment and wondered whether anyone had experience of both methods and which they would recommend ?


bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:28

That has made me wonder.............what IS the best way to tell a Robin from a Wren ? The "chatter" I mean.  We have both in the garden and unless I can see the bird, I  often get them confused.  I can pick out quite a few birds just listening to them but quite often get these 2 muddled. They sound similar to me but that could just be me.  Any simple tips ? 

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Rude but funny.

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