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Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:42

Black Cherry's very good, especially grown outdoors

Carrot problem

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 11:02

The traditional remedy is to surround the carrots with string soaked in paraffin.  Never tried that.  If you do thin, either do it on a wet day or water afterwards to damp down the smell and settle the soil.  Anything to stop the lovely carroty smell getting out.  But I think fleece is the best answer.  Or do what my mum does and grow them in containers on her first-floor balcony.

New Year gardening resolutions

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:51

The only New Year resolution I've ever kept is to stop making New Year resulutions....

Little Oak Tree

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:49

One rhododendron in a garden and under control is fine.  Hundreds of them taking over a semi-natural mixed deciduous native woodland is another matter entirely.

OH has an 80-year old oak in her garden in Belgium which also produces acorns and she mows the seedlings in the lawn (well, moss mostly) in the spring.  It also impoverishes the soil and casts loads of shade making it diffucult to grow veg.  You can't have everything...


Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:44

Knife.  Board.  Garlic crushers (at least the ones I've ever used) are the Devil's work

Little Oak Tree

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:39

  Ta - but plenty here!  In fact, why don't I go round and collect a few hundred this week......

Sowing acorns/planting trees is the easy bit.  Cutting back and digging out the rhodies is the problerm!  Partly because the nuns (who own the land) don't want the woodland interefered with or any tree cut down!

Little Oak Tree

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:29

We often find oak seedlings at the monastery, sown, probably, by jays.  I generally mark them so they don't get mown and the following winter (if they're still going) either pot them up for a year or two or transplant them somewhere more suitable.  Those in the veg beds get removed earlier.  I do have this dream of turning the current rhododendron jungle into an oak wood....

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 13:25

Great stories, Dove & Lizze

Not for me though: I don't get on with animals .   But DO read John Serymour's books on self-sufficiency, especially the bit where he says that it's hard work and you never have a holiday, as one or two others have mentioned.  Good luck.

Grape hyacinths

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 16:05

...and whether you really want them or not.  My aged mother has them all over her little patch of garden and a substantial proportion of each visit is devoted to getting them out.  I daresay they'd be alright in a lawn though - and as far as the Q is concerned I agree with Fleurisa.  The same applies to all bulbs under a lawn.

Magazine Subscribers...

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 16:02

Mine too.  Together with the RYA mag, and both had a shower of junk mail inside them.  And a brown envelope from HMRC!

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