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loved gardening quotes

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:19

"Gardening needs a lot of water....most of it in the form of perspiration!"

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:17

I'd agree with the alchemilla mollis suggestion... we used it for my daughters wedding last year, it fills out everything. Then you only need a few other blooms as highlights.... try cosmos, sweetpeas, larkspur, etc.  You can't do alchemilla from seed, need to get some from a friend's garden but don't worry it is really common and grows like a weed!   Where do you live? That will help us think through what you might be able to sow and get into flower for June. ..

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 16:45

Have fun everyone!

help with melons

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:30

Growing melons (canteloupe) in the greenhouse for the first time.  I've got five nice fruit on four plants.  They are beginning to smell lovely and sweet, but not yet very large ( a bit bigger than a cricket ball), and are turning golden yellow.  What is the best way to tell if they are ripe, and is there anything i can do to speed up the process?  (For example, should i now be removing the leaves, like i do to speed up ripening of tomatoes?) 

Talkback: Making plum vodka

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:25

We made sloe vodka by 'mistake' one year when we ran out of gin.  Since then we've made it every year... it is Fantastic.  We use wild damsons from the hedgerow - they're a sloe / damson cross and just brilliant.

What's this flower

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:45

I'm not a geologist but your picnic table sounds tempting! 

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:43

We're on heavy clay with a generous helping of big rocks.  Most of our digging involves a mattock (or even a pickaxe for the very bad bits).  For digging over big areas I use mattock to break it up and then fork or spade to turn into something manageable.   My mattock is quite a small one (I'm a wimp) but made from very heavy-duty material so it gets through anything.  I've once broken the shaft, but that is really easy to replace. 

After ten years of adding compost and leafmould, though, I now have quite a few bits of garden with lovely soil that is easy-peasy to use fork and spade on. 

I'd say get a really good mattock from a country stores (countrywide are good, or mole valley), the sort that you can get replacement handles for!

Dogs and toxic plants

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:23

We've an 8 month labrador puppy called Pongo.  Love him to bits.  Eats ANYTHING.  Loves to chew on ivy ,  hunts around for wisteria pods . I go around trying to pick up and remove anything truly toxic (I'll be keeping close watch on the ricinis seeds) but there's no way I can keep everything out of his way. 

But so far no sign of illness;  must be strong stomach!


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:15

Hi Julie

I don't think the cherry would be a problem.  In my garden the montbretia flowers fine, except when it has been there too long and needs to be dug up and divided.  How long has your plant been there?  Has it ever flowered?



Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 09:37

Sun is shining, all is good!  And some people from the worst-affected bits of the levels are beginning to get back into their homes, too - hoorah! 


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Discussions started by Rosie31

help with melons

how do i know when they are ready? 
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Garden and Gardeners World back issues

What do you do with them? 
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Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Shrubs for very shady, rocky bank 
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Fast (annual?) climbers for instant effect... now?

Suggestions please to cover obelisks quickly! 
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Cut flowers at end of May

What would be in bloom then? 
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Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Any dog owners out there? 
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Protecting banana plants - suggestions?

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Sweet peas in conservatory?

Advice please 
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