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Lily Beetle

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 08:52

Like slugs all you can do is check plants, pick off & destroy. Damage limitation!

Washing fleece

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 23:21

See message from Outdoor Girl at 17.04.....

Washing fleece

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 23:20

Think you will find its garden fleece




Washing fleece

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 22:42

Don't bespooked! Pop it in an old pillowcase and dunk it up & down in your sink with detergent, then rinse and investigate, hang up and see how it is! Always worth a try? Do say how you got on!x


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 18:31

nodflisab-did you buy bush or trailing lobelia? By the sound of it, you got trailing, which will grow long, whereas bush will form a neat compact mound. 

It was classic in the 60's& 70's to grow allysum(white) & lobelia (Cambridge Blue was light blue) or dark - can't remember the variety planted by the edge of path/lawn. Then along came white, mauve, etc varieties- they were mostly for hanging baskets.

Behind would be red salvia, French marigolds and busy lizzies. African marigolds were often planted too, to give height.

 Hope this helps.


Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 10:10

kevc, thanks sotongeoff, for the website for Walkers! Bit behind with emails - was in the garden most of the day yesterday! Beautiful sunny day here in the West Midlands , with a couple of showers, allowing me to have some food and a coffee as a break!

Spring Bulb Supplier?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 10:12

Walkers for bulbs. Very pleased with mine.



Posted: 06/10/2012 at 08:27

Hi Alan4711 - you're very welcome! I find majority of gardeners are a pretty friendly lot and are happy to share their knowledge and experience in response to questions asked.. I've been gardening for more years than I care to remember and have always found folks really helpful.

If you work out how many cloves you get from a single bulb, then the price doesn't seem quite so bad! And you have next years' cloves to plant out 'for free' so to speak!

Rosemary is a mediterranean plant and as such is a tough old bird, so that's why it doesn't soften I think.

Experiment with any herb you fancy! Happy gardening!




Posted: 05/10/2012 at 09:53

I'm afraid you get what you pay for! Price may seem high, but when split into cloves and price divided, it looks a good buy. Suggest Isle of Whyte Garlic Farm for garlic bulbs. Bought from there when on holiday and had good results the following year, despite getting  blight! (in Hampshire). Bought the following year from them at Hampton Court Flower Show and again good results, in Midlands this time. Then decided to use a supermarket one and results not good, so I'm back to doing it 'properly'!

Read the description of variety to select the one that suits you, then you get, hopefully, the sort you like. Happy growing!

Pickling Beetroot Recipes

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 13:33

Hope this helps.

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