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Steve J

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Make do and mend

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 23:19

I have just recycled the old table from our surgical prep room with the knackered top that was no longer animal safe into good strong greenhouse staging as the plants tend not to throw themselves around as much as pets!

Getting rid of daffodils

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:17

Don't get me started on spanish bluebells...

Talkback: Zebra spider

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:14

Why do people have to haul religion onto a gardening forum..?

Verbena and Russian Sage

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 07:25

My perovskia is sitting there as brown sticks while all around is sprouting, it has survived far worse winters and is as tough as old boots so I'd be surprised if yours doesn't show some growth soon.

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:49

The RHS via google says you can massacre it and it should recover!

Cuttings are softwood and in early summer.

Honeysuckle not made it through frosts ...

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 22:02

I had one that I tore out of the ground as it was still attached to the meshing that I had it climbing up, it spent the winter in behind the greenhouse, dangling in the air, rootball and all.


I went to dispose of it a couple of weeks ago and it was covered in buds, it is now back in the ground and growing well.

I'd scrape a little bit of bark and check before you toss it.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 15:11

I'm not sure that raised beds are out of most people's reach. Over the winter I have put in three good quality ones with a projected life of 15 years or so for just over a hundred quid each (7' x 4') and I know that if had been willing to compromise then I could have paid a third of that.


My garden floods down that end too...

Forum names

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 14:51

I did consider using my online nickname of 'Binky_2301' on here, derived a very long time ago from the name of the horse ridden by Death in the Terry Pratchett 'Discworld' books but decided to go with my real name.


My avatar is me at work, most of the ones my other half has taken of me gardening seem to be from behind and revealing too much underwear, though that may say as much about my gardening trousers as me.


I supposed I could have gone with a new nickname I aquired at work from a client's small daughter who, after I had vaccinated her cat, wonderfully randomly fixed me with a steely gaze and announced that I was 'Doctor Sausage'...

Bee friendly plants for hanging baskets

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 13:55

I seem to do quite well with trailing fuschias in mine, bees all over them like a rash, fairly tolerant of my occassional neglect and flowered all of last summer despite the rain.

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 11:59

For anyone I confused with my initial posting back on page 1 of this thread.

'Shocking close to the OP in Ash!'

Was meant to be an answer to the original question, I live about 5 miles away from the original poster (OP) in a village called Ash which is close to Mytchett. So basically Surrey/Hampshire border and my lawn too suffers from a daft dog peeing and cavorting on it!

Discussions started by Steve J

Buying Garden Land

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10/10 for Persistence!

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Vine Wires

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Hurry up and start spring for goodness' sake!

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This month's GW mag freebie

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Any idea what this fruit is?

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Combi shed-greenhouses

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