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Purple Carrots

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:34

Interesting to read that Viola man.  Am I right in thinking that carrots originally were a very insipid colour and that they were gradually bred to become more orange/red ?  I think because they were a more pleasing colour to the eye and therefore seemed more edible.

Now it seems fashionable to grow white, yellow or purple carrots.  I haven't tried the "new" colours but might give them a go if you reckon their flavour is good

Nerine sarniensis

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:20

Just a thought but try not repotting every year......some bulbs flower best when crowded/restricted.  You could be guilty of being too kind perhaps ?

Couch Grass

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:16

I'd agree about not rotovating whilst you still have a  perennial weed problem as it is a sure fire way of spreading the nuisance even further.  Digging (and sensible weedkilling ) is really the best way to go.

It's always hard work but worth the effort in the end.  Best of luck anyway

Is it too late to uproot my avocado plant?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:46

You can't grow them as fruiting trees in the UK......I simply meant that, as trees, they are better treated in that way and then you may have some success for a few years.  Sorry  I think my longest lasting did about 4 years in the UK

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:31

I'd hope that you are mostly preaching to the converted here for the legacy, I think we are reaching (or maybe have already ) reached that tipping point. 

horticultural society

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:20 only need an ordinary printer........I believe most of them these days have a scanning facility.

Good luck with your fair anyway

horticultural society

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:17

Ooops......should I have said that I have Patented the scanner print method ?  Would any of you believe me ?  Am I set to become one of those "entrepreneur millionaires ? "

I enjoy messing about with plants and paints.....very therapeutic and can result in some gems.  I'd really advise giving it a go ...



Seed swap? Anyone for non French beans, sprouts or F1 courguettes

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:56

Snowathlete.............Post your "wants" and "haves" on the Vegetable Seed Swap thread'll get plenty of givers and takers on there.

Hope you have a better day tomorrow


Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:52

Artjac.....snap........I was about to say Beth Chatto

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:50


Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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