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Latest posts by scroggin

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:42

Tracey, have they eaten the whole plant or just the leaves, leaf miner can attack the leaves but I think its a bit early in the year.

If its just some leaf damage,then the plant will probably be ok as they are tough little buggers.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:27

If your bonfire pile has been there a while it might not just be hedgehogs that are overwintering, I would suggest that rather than set fire to the existing pile you create a new one with the wood that way any creatures taking refuge will be safe from cremation

plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:26

 These are a couple of examples of hypertufa troughs

plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:07

Have you thought of trying hypertufa troughs, my better half loves alpines and our garden is bedecked with a series of troughs she has made.

The easiest way is to find a polystyrene fish box as your base and cover with the hypertufa mix. Lots of "how to" on you tube.

The end results are great and the bonus is they weigh a fraction of stone troughs.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:40

Well done Tracey, here's to many happy hours pottering in your new GH.

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:37

Lots of superstition surrounds the growing of parsley, one states that it should only be sown "if a woman rules the household" another is transplanting parsley will bring bad luck to someone in your family.

Its probably linked to the fact that parsley can be tricky to germinate at the best of times and rarely survives transplanting.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:28

They will need a support structure of some sort as they can easily grow to 6ft, wigwams made with bamboo canes are a popular choice, if planting in pots they will need you will need a substantial one. I grow mine in the garden and prepare the ground well with organic material such as manure. I often grow them in the same trench I use for my runner beans as they help attract the pollinators.

You will find lots of info on here from far more qualified to speak than I but the above works for me.


solar powered water feature

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:11

Go for it lily, its a great addition to any garden

solar powered water feature

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:57

I have a small wildlife pond and we use a solar powered  pump to aid oxygenation. The solar panel is about 250mm x 200mm. It produces a good head of bubbles but I would think you would need a very big panel to produce any kind of fountain effect.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:49

Lovely Tulips Dove, same here just got hailed off the allotment but the sun is back out now.

Just watching James Martin cooking with 'tromboncino', very strange looking member of the squash family. Might be tempted to give growing them a try, they look great.

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