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Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:30

I think my OH has mowed the lawn once - when the mower was new. He likes new gadgets. He is good for a lot of DIY though and even built me a new shed this year (and put 2 greenhouses together). I can't let him loose on anything where there are any plants to be trodden on though....

Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 10:54

I've had my current garden for 19 years and spent the first 16 maintaining tiny areas of it while the rest ran wild. Then I retired and since then have been transforming it and still have many years of projects planned!


Posted: 03/10/2015 at 08:57

I wonder whether commercial tomatoes are tasteless because of the way they are stored and transported rather that because of the variety. I don't eat tomatoes but OH says that our home grown ones are much tastier picked directly compared to any that have been picked and then stored for a day or two.

I don't know about commercial tomato growing but it might be difficult to emulate at home because they will have lots of expensive equipment for keeping the light/heat/watering just right which you probably wouldn't be able to do at home.

Autumn Raspberries

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 16:01

I grow both and slightly prefer Polka because they are bigger and less likely to disintegrate when picked. They also seem to produce a bigger crop. Autumn Bliss is fine though and both have a good flavour. I also grow All Gold, which has a sweeter, milder flavour and is quite fun to do things with because of the colour.

Who still has bees?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 16:14

I'm in West Essex and had lots of bees on my sedums and salvias at the weekend but haven't seen so many the last couple of days because it has rained more or less non-stop.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 15:23

I predict that it will rain or snow when I have time to be in the garden and will be beautifully sunny when I have to be doing other things.

According to the giant pine cones from my tree today is dry inside but wet outside and I can confirm that this is 100% correct. I was going to take some pictures to illustrate this but my camera battery says it's exhausted. I know how it feels!

Tell me about my raspberries?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:17

It sounds to me as if you have a mixture of autumn and summer varieties as I would have expected any autumn ones to have fruited this year.

Also, I think autumn raspberries will fruit again in the 2nd year if they're left unpruned so you might not be any the wiser if you leave them!

The safest way would be to cut down any that have fruited in February and to leave any that haven't to fruit next year.

Weed ID please

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:03

Thanks for that. Not sure I'll eat it though...

It looks as if it's mainly a problem in crop fields so I'm hoping it prefers recently dug ground. The places where it's growing were all part of a major landscaping project earlier in the year. A little bit worried that googling it suggests that a single plant can produce 20,000 seeds and that these remain viable for 30-40 years!

Weed ID please

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 18:51

Just this year I've got this growing all over the place wherever I haven't cultivated and would like to know what it is!


Is this a mole tunnel?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:51

Thanks - that's what I feared! I've ordered some sonic mole repellers, which get very variable reviews but are probably worth a try. Hopefully the heavy, compacted clay under the rest of my grass will prove a deterrent.....

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Weed ID please

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Is this a mole tunnel?

Fresh excavations between lawn and paving 
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Vegetables growing really slowly

Not enough nutrients in the topsoil? 
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I'm so envious of you all!

One day my vegetable garden will be ready.... 
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Identification Help Please

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Can I eat chervil roots?

Surprise from digging up my salad leaves! 
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ID and help please

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BBQ Fodder?

This morning's visitors to my garden 
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Oenothera Siskiyou Pink

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Ants in house plants

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Impatiens question

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Growing mistletoe

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Can I prune a juniper bush?

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How can I get frogs to use my pond?

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Putting paper in the compost

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