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What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:29

Very nice looking border CP. It looks like you are a dab hand with the lawn edger. 


Posted: 17/06/2013 at 12:06

Hi Lesley,

Unfortunately, I think that the general advice will always be to dig it out. I had to do this myself last year and ended up breaking my spade in half. The only way I could do it was to get what I believe is called a 'fencer's grafter'. It is an indestructable 'spade' that looks more like a piece of scaffolding with a blade welded onto the end. It doubles up as a spade/crowbar.

I think you will struggle finding one in the usual DIY stores but it worth it if you want to keep your other garden tools in one piece.

It was still incredibly hard work and so you may want to resort to the classifieds in the local paper and get someone with a strong back. That might also solve the problem of getting rid of the roots. There will be masses of the stuff.

Good Luck.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 14:43

NickyB, I have done a similar thing with my brassicas this year. I wanted to plant them out in the same spot as the garlic once it had been harvested, but got my timing all wrong. I have therefore planted them in between the rows of garlic in the hope that the smell will confuse the cabbage whites for another couple of weeks until I can get the garlic harvested and put a net over everything.

I have absolutely no reason to think that it will work, but it seemed a good idea at the time.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:44

Our long term weather forecast is pretty unsettled and so those of us growing Toms outdoors may be struggling unless things change. Do you get blight in Italy, Italophile? I suspect less so with the warmer conditions.

Good nice looking water butt advice?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:25

When it comes to diverters, cheap is not always the best. Some are really inefficient and a lot of the water diappears down the drain anyway. As you may guess, I am an avid collector of rainwater and survive each year with only the rainwater that I collect. (At least the garden does, not me personally!) 

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:13

I haven't tested the tap water but probably should do. I suspect that a combination of PH, nutrients, ambient water temp etc may have all have something to do with the outcome. Most people would probably agree that rainwater is better than tap water and I am curious to see what the actually differences will be. Better growth? More crops? Better diease resistence? Better taste?

I am doing the same with sweet pepper and cucumbers as well.

It is all very amateur, as there is only so much that can be done in a Sussex back garden.

Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:01

On GW last week Monty talked about Tulips in pots and how to deal with them once they die back. You can pull and dry them for next year, but he made it sound a bit of a pfaff and as if the chances of getting a similar display the following year would be really small. Reading between the lines, unless you are really committed and patient, I think he was suggesting that we should start afresh each year. 

I am not sure if the same advice is true for those in the ground, but am sure a tulip expert will soon advise.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:51

I have 8 Toms in pots this year and am using rainwater on 4 and tap water on the other half to see if there will be any difference at all in their performance. It is hardly laboratory conditions but I am curious. I clearly have a bit too much time on my hands.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:44

On website they recommend stopping watering at least a couple of weeks before harvesting to prevent the bulbs rotting. The problem for us amateurs is knowing when 'a couple of weeks before harvesting' actually is. My crystal ball is on the blink again and so winging it as usual.

Gardeners world show

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:19

I agree, it seems a bit odd. Perhaps they are leaving it until next week once it is all finished and will give us a recap?  General comments from some of the other posts would suggest that it is not that impressive this year anyway.

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