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Percy Thrower quote

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 17:03

SGardener.........yes, that is a very fair point..........."chemical" is immediately related to "bad" these days and most of us are guilty of not following through logically on that subect

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:14

Let's hope so AJ

Tomato thriving on neglect!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:12 is so often the case that if you ignore stuff, it will produce.  Toms are tough plants once they get going..........keep them on the dry side and tho you may have a slightly reduced crop,.....they taste so much better

I've had some nice little surprises from self sown ( after going thru a tortoise's gut ) toms.........sturdy plants and  sweet/acid fruit.......just what you want

Percy Thrower quote

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 18:16

I vaguely remember Percy but that was mostly because "Telly" was a new thing.  Am I right in thinking he used to do his gardening dressed in a shirt and tie ?  Very BBC

He was a Gardener of course but I seem to think that the Geoff Hamilton's were the ones who tried to come away from chemicals and zapping every living thing. 

In more recent times, we seem to have come full circle.......back to using chemicals (admittedly somewhat more sophisticated ) for knocking stuff off. I can well understand some of it but there do seem to be more chemical solutions offered as a quick fix rather than promoting good garden practice and the idea (horror of horrors ) that you do need to live alongside nature.

As for the Garden Makeovers..........well.........there have been comments enough on that subject I think

Well, that's my rant over and I never even knew poor old Percy 


Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 17:40

Clarington............don't worry about a garden centre.............I have a huge one which needs splitting and you are more than welcome to a piece .........won't take much to put in a Jiffy bag and post.  You would be doing me a favour actually..........I've been meaning to tackle it for weeks

I try always to have one on the excellent "first aid" plant to have to hand.

Lost garden tools

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 17:31

Lesley........phew.........glad you found that where the hell did I just put mine ?

golden hop

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 17:26

Billy.........I too grow the Golden Hop but I have never heard of it being particularly toxic to animals.

Unless your dog is prone to eating your garden plants, I can't see a problem. Most animals avoid plants which are likely to be toxic and you probably have other plants in your garden which are also classed in this manner.

If you are worried, why not create a bit of a barrier around the base of the it's natural habit is to scramble, you could perhaps arrange it in such a fashion that your dog can't touch it ? 

Before you panic, check out the source of your information.......hope this helps a bit anyway



Posted: 19/06/2014 at 09:15

Busy Bee..........yes, I expect you are right..........have a great day anyway

Lost garden tools

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 08:56



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 20:36

If growing outdoors, the insects should take care of the pollination...........IMHO the biggest bugbear is having a long enough season to ripen them properly.

I have Bottle Gourds and Luffas which I have dried successfully but you do need a good summer

So, best of luck

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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

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