philippa smith2

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Plant ID please

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:08

If it is a shrub and Lemon scented...........Lemon Verbena ( a tender shrub )....definitely not mint

When to pick green tomatoes

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:05

Amadeus.......ideally you wouldn't be picking green tomatos unless you want to make preserves.

If your toms are starting to colour but you think they won't ripen on the vine, then pick and take or similar, ripe Banana and they should ripen in a few days.

If still completely green, it is unlikely they will ripen sufficiently outside given the UK temps Green Tomato Sauce, Chutney or whatever takes your fancy.  Shame to throw them away

There are several threads referring to this problem......may be worth your while having a look


'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 19:58

Zoomer.......if your neighbour is unreasonable about the problem, you could try the Council but I imagine they will not be too worried unless you are in a council owned property.

Failing that, I would cut back all the growth on your side and then warn your neighbour that you will be using a safe weedkiller to stop any further encroachment.  Whilst deliberating killing a neighbour's plant could be construed as criminal damage, there is nothing to stop you using weedkiller on your garden.  After all, why would you know which roots were which

I'd be tempted to take photos as a backup should your neighbour decide to take issue with your actions.  Looking on the bright side, if your neighbour is too lazy to sort the vine out, he will be too lazy to make much of a fuss.

Hot thread

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 18:41

Not sure about that one .......was it presented by the newest "celebrity" scientist ?  Is it Brian Cox ?  I'm sure he is a really really nice person but given the choice of watching/listening to him or encountering a disaster, I'd be tempted to go for the least it would be quicker and therefore ( presumably ) less boring

decorative slate chippings

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 18:20

You can just about handle a 25 kg Tortoise in a wheelbarrow but a sackbarrow would be your best bet

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 18:17

Not really a flood update thank goodness but just thought those who followed this thread might like to know in brief.............

As part of the coastal defence Steart Point did come in for a bit of stick (why spend millions on this , etc. ) but it came into it's own of the highest tides and deemed a success.  Good for birds and people


Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 17:57

Think this thread just goes to show how easy it is to have a  bit of water even in the tiniest space.........and how grateful the local wildlife is when we make the effort

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:56

Erica...........provided your oak gets over it's present problem, you should be able to grow it on until you reach the largest container your garden ( and you ) can cope with.

My elderly neighbour has one in a large tub.......I think she said it was over 30 years old


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 20:06

Sorry but  to my eye, the "sofas/armchairs" look if someone had just dumped something in the garden.

Living seats can be glorious but need to enhance the area

castor oil plant

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:49 can easily tell the difference between Ricinus and Fatsia.  If you are still unsure, the Ricinus will die come the hard weather and the Fatsia will survive ( within reason of course )

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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

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

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Lost garden tools

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

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