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Latest posts by Topbird

sowing seed for next year

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:21
Nice idea for a thread Grandma!
I like to harvest & throw some white Honesty seeds over the ground about now - just in case they didn't fall off the plant where I want them to grow. Seedlings get thinned in March.
In seed trays I shall be sowing some harvested thalictrum seed and a packet of 'Miss Willmotts Ghost' to overwinter outside.
And in a couple of weeks I'll sow a few salad & coriander leaves to keep in the GH over winter. Might also try putting a root of mint in a pot to see if I can keep that productive under cover.

Talkback: How to choose secateurs

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:10
I'm a heavy user of secateurs & use them to cut things that maybe I shouldn't (wire, thicker branches etc)
I'm currently using Wolf bypass ones and have had them for about 5 years. They always sharpen up nicely & have withstood my misuse so far.
They are in the Wolf trademark colours of orange & yellow so are less likely to be mislaid in the garden (still do it regularly but I do find them eventually - unlike previous pairs of green & grey ones....).

Meteor showers

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 14:08

Sorry Runnybeak - my 'insert link' thingy isn't working.

Try highlighting the address, copying it and then pasting into your Search Engine. Failing that just go to the NASA website 


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:46

Busy-Lizzie - that is a very sad story.

I live in a very horsey area & we are surrounded by paddocks and footpaths.

It never fails to amaze me the number of walkers who think it is OK to take their children out for a walk and feed the horses they pass. Most people stick to apples and carrots so will probably not do any harm but (in my opinion) people should ALWAYS ask the owners if they mind them feeding their horses and what it is ok to give them.

So distressing to see animals suffering - whether through good intentions or bad

Garden Timers......irrigation for a new gardener with project

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:20

Hi JLI & welcome to the forum.

I'm not sure what you are planning to use the irrigation system for. Is it for pots, a small bed or for watering the whole garden? If the latter - how big is the garden?

Anything larger than a tiny garden and you might be better off looking at professional irrigation kits. If it's just for pots or one or two small beds - something from the GC should be OK. In a bed you might find a seep hose better than sprinklers / drippers.

I have always used the Hozelok timers and they have a range to suit most needs. I found it better to pay a little more for one that allows more complex timing. This is because I prefer to irrigate beds for longer (perhaps an hour) less often (perhaps every 3 or 4 days). For pots I prefer to do maybe 15mins once a day. A lot depends upon aspect, temperature and rainfall but the timers are easy to reprogramme if you decide to water more or less.

There is a valve in the timer. Basically you set the timer to come on at a certain time for however many minutes you choose. On the more complicated timers you can set this for several times a day, once a day, or every 2 or 3 days - whatever you think the conditions dictate. You leave the tap turned on and the valve opens and then closes at the preset times to irrigate. You can override the timer if you want to do additional watering. 

Regarding your veggie patch - I suggest you post again on the fruit & veg forum asking for ideas about how to start - you'll receive lots of good advice. You might want to consider doing your planning and making this autumn with a view to starting sowing in the spring.

Easier plants to start with include salad crops, peas and carrots.

Good luck!

Meteor showers

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 10:03

Have just found this link which means you can predict  when the space station might appear over your house and for how long. Looks as though tomorrow night about 9.30pm might be good for me!

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 09:52
Interesting discussion.
I planted a Black Lace last spring in my new garden. I want (of course!) both foliage AND flowers but it's primary role is (with other shrubs) to provide a 2 - 3 metre high screen on our boundary.
My plan was to cut it back to abt 3' each spring for a few years until I have the bushiness and shape I'm looking for and just accept fewer flowers for those years.
Once I was happy with the shape of the shrub I thought about maybe cutting half back after flowering and the other half in spring.
Do you think this might give me best of both worlds?

Meteor showers

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:45
Oh Runnybeak - you lucky thing - I've never seen anthing like that! The best I've ever seen was a very active display of 'shooting stars' a few years ago.

I believe the meteor showers might be visible for another couple of nights but they have a peak period which ends today - so if you have clear skies - tonight's the night!

I find the best piece of 'equipment' is my Lafuma recliner - fully reclined and a glass of something warming in hand (& I don't mean tea!) - very relaxing. Have to say it's a bit chilly here tonight though - and a bit cloudy - boo!

Bargain plants put to bed

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 21:00

Hey Rb you snuck in on me while I was posting! - thanks again for the additional info - think I will definitely give this one a try 

Bargain plants put to bed

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:58

Runnybeak - your garden - your rules   It looks lovely - enjoy....

Thanks for the plant info - have just Googled it and it might be a really nice shrub for a sheltered spot in my garden - hadn't heard of it before so thank you again

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