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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:54

Hello, when you leave the roots in from runner beans, will they eventually rot down by next spring please?

also, I planted broad beans today too. When they sprout up do I need to cover them with a cloche or will they be fine without anything over them?

thanks muchly!

Giant Hebe

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 23:09

What a lovely specimen. Lucky you!

Apple choices...?

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 23:07

I have a Cox's orange pipin - given the choice I wouldn't have it again as ive since learnt that it doesn't do too well north of Watford. Had it in for 4 years and only 4 apples over that time. I also have a james grieve. More apples but I'm not overwhelmed by the flavour. 

my neighbour gave me some windfalls of a very red / pink eater which I stewed. Tastes amazing and has lovely pink stained flesh. Sorry I don't know the name but i bet there aren't that many with pink flesh.

will read this thread with interest as may invest in another myself.

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 20:44

If only we could have more gardening programmes there would be a greater chance that there would be something for everyone.

I enjoy GW every week but some weeks a lot more than others. A low point was the episode with those hanging baskets made out of moss and string. A high point is Nigel (but I miss Alan T's cat though)! 

My votes would go to an hour long weekly programme of each of the following:

1) Christine Walkden. The woman is a gardening legend and her enthusiasm, knowledge, skill and passion is inspiring. I'd like to see her in her own garden as well as other gardens owned by passionate amateurs.

2) Carol Klein. I'd like a series on propagation throughout the year from Carol again from her own garden.

3) Allotment gardens. A series dedicated to showing people's allotment plots. From the old pro's to the beginners throughout the year.

There are sooooo many ideas and opportunities for telly-maker-folks to give this huge enjoyable interest more air time. 

Plant identity question..

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 20:13


hope folks are well.

I'm going to re-do two borders in my front garden. Just looking for ideas ont'interweb and found this picture. Does anyone know what the stunning grass with the white spikes in the centre is? tanks




Cutting Verbena

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 18:46

Glad this question was asked as I've purchased one today! A local garden centre is closing down and the are flogging everything at heavy discounts. £3.99 for a really large plant, in flower. Also bagged a pear tree for £10 and a lovely standard rose at £8! Seeds half price too so I stocked up on all sorts. Lovely jubley! 

Strange problem....

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 22:19

Thanks for the responses. Just got in from work and my goodness I've never smelt anything like it! Who'd have thought that such a small thing could cause such a stink?!

We've had the cooker out and just can't find it but that's definitely where the smell is coming from.  Does this mean a new cooker? Surely it can't be safe to cook with that somewhere inside? 

I'lol phone the cooker company tomorrow to see if they can help. Think it's a range master. After that, the insurance company!

Strange problem....

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 10:52

Oh dead mice honk? There is the most awful smell coming from the cooker. Like when a dish cloth goes manky. 

It hasn't been out to get any food. I'm fearing the worst, both for the mouse and the cooker!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 03:52

Know what you mean Runny.  The comfort of your own sofa, kettle / bottle opener on hand and no queues for the loo!

Cant recall where I heard, but I think that the set gets dismantled every week. What a task! 

I'd like to go and see them in Blackpool though. The building looks amazing. 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 21:56

Has anyone been to watch Strictly as a member of the audience? I think it's filmed in Borehamwood. 

Discussions started by Tootles

In our thoughts

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Turnips and Broad Beans...

What to do over winter.... 
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Last Post: 11/11/2015 at 20:28

Plant ID help please

Pink flowers.... 
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Last Post: 21/11/2015 at 14:25

Boooo. No more GW until spring.

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Last Post: 25/10/2015 at 08:06

Plant identity question..

Border plant... 
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Last Post: 18/10/2015 at 17:15

Strange problem....

Mouse in the oven 
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Last Post: 28/10/2015 at 20:53

Gardener's rewards...

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Last Post: 04/10/2015 at 09:04

Not quite ripe seeds....

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Last Post: 01/10/2015 at 18:33

Bird box where bees had been all summer....

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Last Post: 28/09/2015 at 18:24

Blood moon....

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Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 07:19

Azaleas, camellias and rhodies in pots.....over wintering?

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Last Post: 27/09/2015 at 19:14

Main crop spuds

When to harvest 
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Last Post: 15/09/2015 at 22:39

Freezing runner beans

Anything need doing to them first? 
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Last Post: 13/09/2015 at 21:09

Is there much that should be sown now?

Forward planning 
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Last Post: 08/09/2015 at 20:58

Show Time!

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