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Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:43

Sungold is one of the best.

You say you are leaving the fruit on the windowsill ?  Are you not letting them ripen on the plant at all ?

Too much water always reduces the flavour IMO and you shouldn't need to be giving them a feed at the rate you say.  Once a fortnight if  even that.

I grew Tumbling Toms last year for the first time and I admit I wasn't overly impressed but I think you should look again at your watering/feeding regime to get better results as to flavour

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:05

Louise........I think you have some really good advice above and I would agree that maybe you take a little more time to be sure in your own mind how you want the garden to be.

A designer of any description....whether for your kitchen or your garden..........will work within the parametres you set.  If you want to kick ideas around first, do just what the other posters have advised..........look around other gardens as well as your own (you can always adapt, scale up/down )........discuss your ideas/plans on the forum  and with your family members.  When you have a good basic idea of what you want/need and, more particularly what you definitely don't want, then that will be the time to call in your Landscaper and/or Designer.

Sorry if that sounds a bit bossy but it IS your garden and you need to set the agenda

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:06

Not films  but.........Carnation Street.  Inspector Moss.  The Old Grey Mildew Test.

Being disabled does not mean incapable

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:19 sounds as if you had a really rotten day

SnowA has a point.........once you have "cooled off", you should write to the organisers and set out the problems you encountered.  After all, if they were happy to take your money they should be equally happy to listen to your comments. 

Unfortunately, they won't be able to do much about the thoughtless and rude people who obviously made a bad experience much worse.

Hope it won't put you off visiting other places tho


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:33

Verdun..........just to say many thanks for the Epsom Salts tip.

Poor old Camellia definitely looks a bit more sprightly .......due for her 2nd spray within the next few days.

Thanks again

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:28

Have just seen the beautiful photos of the gardens ( and the ladies too of course )

Look absolutely wonderful so thanks again for sharing your day out  The pot of Sempervivums made me cross eyed ( and Edd's pic didn't help much either  )  Thank goodness my bowls of Semps don't have the same effect on me or I'd never get much gardening done!

Thanks again for the uplift

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:19

A beekeeping neighbour of mine had hives which had a Perspex "viewing" panel.  This was covered over by a wooden slide and his children were allowed (under parental supervision) to move the cover and be able to watch the bees going about their business.  This both enthralled the children ( and me too ) whilst not disturbing the bees.

I suppose it is a similar idea to that used by many zoos these offer an insight into the life of Ants and others without causing disturbance.

Disturbing wild animals/birds is not to be recommended but there are ways around that to show the next generation how things work and why they should be considerate of nature in all it's forms.

Perhaps your local Wildlife Trust could give you some advice........and, of course, becoming members of any local society will only enhance your childrens experience and education.

I hope you manage to find an acceptable compromise

Massive grass snake

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 20:40

Anyone seen any Glow Worms yet ?  Used to have lots but not seen any for a couple of years.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:58

Never come across this problem.............a tough skin when you assume they are ripe to pick seems like the fruit hasn't developed properly ?

I don't fuss over my toms I admit but ate my first outdoor one today......just as delicious as I expected

Perhaps Italophile will have an explanation ?

chilli peppers

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:49

Bit late to sow chilli seeds now but always worth a go.  Also depends which F1 won't necessarily come true from seed.  If you want to save the seeds, make sure they are dried from the pulp and then store in paper bag until Spring.


Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 08:54

Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 21:27

Lost garden tools

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

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2014 at 08:05

Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 17:00


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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Last Post: 24/05/2014 at 12:13

Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Last Post: 04/05/2014 at 09:20

Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 10:37

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 11:08

Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 10:40

Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 13:58
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