Latest posts by SFord

Talkback: How to grow leeks from seed

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:17

I always grow mine in modules and wait until they are a few inches tall before dibbing a deep hole and popping them in (watering only, not filling in with earth

Animal rescue...

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:14

Not as impressive as a deer I'm afraid but last year I had some very wet bumble bees who were groggy and bedragled - put them under some shelter with a tiny bit of sugar water - it soon perked them up.

Looking for flowers to 'fill in' a border

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:12

hi Chris 7 - how about Cosmos (the white version) - you could grow from seed or buy small plants from the garden centre.  They should flower well into the autumn

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 09:06

I agree with you about the cost of garden seating.  It was my 40th last year and anyone who asked about what I would like as a present was told National Garden Vouchers.  I have enough to look at a nice bench now.  My cafe table and chairs were a christmas present from my mum in a lovely powder blue colour.  They sit outside our conservatory and (as mentioned above) catch the evening sun in the summer.  I have let next door's honeysuckle grow over our fence and through our forsythia so it smells lovely in the evening.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 13:54

After seeing (and smelling) David Austin's Gertrude Jekyll in a neighbour's garden, I have planted my own bare root last year.  Its already got loads of shoots on it and I plan to train it up a fence.  Its a gorgous deep pink/cerise and smells devine.  I plan to grow a purple or cream clematis through it once established.

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 10:24

Hi Glynbin - I have one in the garden and cut bits off as and when needed - I dont tend to do this in the winter but any other time of the year doesnt seem to affect it negatively.  Its fairly tough!

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 10:13

I have a smallish garden but a couple of seating areas:  An east facing bench which is ideal for an early morning cuppa (weather permitting).  Am currently growing a scented rose against the fence behind (David Austin's Gertrude Jekyll), a small decked area with a chair where the hubby sunbathes (if there are not too many pots on there) and a small metal cafe table and two chairs facing west to catch the evening sun (ideal for a glass of something cold!). 

The cat has also sussed the route around the garden to follow the sun.  Spring is definately on its way as she has been out in the garden just for a wander TWICE over the weekend! - shes a cat that really dislikes the wet and cold (well, she is about 17).

What are you still eating?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:13

Just leeks now.  Am poised and waiting for my purple early sprouting to produce something - hopefully in the next couple of weeks!

how to use nematodes efficiently

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:09

I have used nematodes for slugs over the last couple of years and tend to give two applications over the spring/summer when the temperatures get warm enough.  Have just ordered mine for this year and have increased the amount as I am definately going to use them on the allotment too - have found them effective!

A-Z TV gardening

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:07

I do record it but then fast foward through items/segments that I am not interested in.  With regard to other programmes, if you have Sky Arts, there has been a series on National Trust gardens, narrated by Penelope Keith, giving the history of the garden, its conception and a history of the person who created it.  The ones on Sissinghurst and Hidcote were very informative and some fantastic shots of the gardens and their overall design

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Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
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