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worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 16:03

Well with regards to not cutting down a Hawthorn  Tree as it protects you from Witches, perhaps its the thorns that would protect or indeed the same would apply to Holly too Pottie Pam, either way it would'nt stop Witches from flying over any type of tree or hedge, on their Broomsticks I would assume, dos'nt seem to hold any substance  that  O.W.T. however I would'nt like to test it out, I'll just let my Hawthorn do its own thing.

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:37

I was told years ago that you should never cut down an Hawthorn Tree because it protected the home from Witches. Don't know if it included pruning , all I can say is I have one in my back Garden that was planted there when I moved in  27 years ago I've never cut any part of it , and can honestly say I have never knowingly met any Witches, so you never know.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 10:31

I too miss Geoff Hamilton and the way he presented any of his gardening programmes, and the down to earth way he showed all of us how to garden. Carol Klien is another of my favourites too she is very easy to listen too and very much a lover of everything that grows including creatures in the garden. I often watch my Geoff Hamiltons gardening dvds when i have a spare hour if the weather is bad, and every time he spures me on to get out into the garden to do a bit, whatever the weather. We lost a gud one there.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 14:28

I just loved last nights programme with Monty when he visited the Kitchen Gardens  and allotments of the French gardeners, especially the  excited french lady who gave Monty a goody bag. I could have stayed with her all day on her little piece of heaven, even though I dont speak french. What a star she is, so pleasent and committed, such a difference from the pomp and ceremony of the lavish and wasteful designs of the other gardens shown. Hope we get to see the more intimate gardens of the average french gardeners and not just the larger ones.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:40

Just thought id pass on this saving from my local store Home Bargains, but they have many shops nationwide. They have lots of garden bargains  so its worth a look if you can, ive picked up this morning Tesa Velcro  fastners the wide type which is suitable for attatching shrubs or roses or young trees to a support. They had 2 size widths available I got the size  50MM X 5 Metre  the other size was a narrower one ideal for tomatoe or flower support to a cane or trellis. Ive looked online to price up and the cheapest i could find was on ebay at £ 2.25 plus p&p of £2.00 the price i paid was 49 pence each, yes 49p, what a saving. They have other bargains including a card of plant slow release  feed blocks that push into tubs or hanging baskets etc 25 for 79p from makers  Garden , Bamboo canes 20 x 3ft for 89p larger ones 4ft for £1.29,its worth a look if you have a store locally, you wont be disappointed.

ok the bbc site has shut down

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 13:59

Only logged onto GW. com ( mag ) recently, so didnt know about the BBC site prior to this , but all seems well on this website as yet  so full marks x

Talkback: Growing salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 11:33

I sowed  dwarf veg seeds and had 3 potatoe sacks planted last year all produced top leaves and looked healthy enough but weeks later when it was time to harvest they had produced about 9 /12 teeny weeny potatoes and the same amount of carrots, I had more sucess with salad leaves  beetroot leaves ,and rocket though, in pots . Dont think i will try again with veg yet unless someone can tell me what i did wrong ( hint hint )

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:39

I agree with most people that the cost of admission to top flower shows are very expensive and some garden centres plant prices are very costly. When I visit any garden centre I always head for what  I call A& E , were plants have passed their best or been neglected and so are marked down in price. I find it a challenge to  try to resuscitate them , and Ive had quite a few successes.I do the same in supermarkets and DIY stores in their garden areas, some failures but most ive saved, I look at myself as the Florence Knightingale of  neglected plants. & shrubs.


Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:11

Well us gardeners use our loaves when it comes to thrifty ideas in the garden , if anyone has any more ideas  about anything that costs less than buying the expensive alternative in anything to do with the garden, it will be much appreciated all round. x


Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:03

Good idea Highland Jeannie about the biro idea when labeling and thanks too Gold 1 Locks about the Tongue Depressants to use as labeling too I will ask at my local chemists for my next supply. We gardeners must help each other with all the hints and tips, brilliant . x

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