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Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 17:53

Retirement is wonderful when you have a garden. Don't dare say shall we have some chickens now

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 17:48

Happily no, we have an old age bungalow with two greenhouses bigger than the living accommodation -you can see where the priorities are.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 16:40

Please forgive my one and only time to be able to show off. From cold greenhouse, blueberries by the lb. garlic, French beans courgettes, potatoes, tomatoes (just) and outside strawberries, black currants, gooseberries and the first 6 cherries as well as lettuce, spinach mange tout broad beans lambs lettuce and beetroot. We are loving it , summer is here.

How can I attract more birds to my small, sheltered garden?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 15:55

Hi, the draw to my garden is a stone trough full of water, even a shallow bowl would add a new dimension.

Summer pruning

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 22:37

Thank you, will have a go

Hops at home

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 14:14

My husband grows his own hops for his beer making.  fuggles is his favourite. It's a rampant plant likes plenty of manure when it was in the veg patch it looked as if it wanted to take over. It is now in a large pot ready for a different site in the autumn. The drying was a bit difficult but they turned out ok and the beer tastes good.  it is growing up a tall pole and you take it down for harvesting. Dies back in winter and has a mulch for protection. Needs plenty of food

Summer pruning

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 14:06

planted an Apricot about 6years ago. Spread it out on a sunny wall and it produces plenty of fruit. Unfortunately I have only cut the new stem and leaf back to 4 leaves every late summer. It is now growing out from the wall by a good 12 to 15 inches. Will I kill it if I cut all the small branches back to the main branch.. Will it sprout again and form new fruiting spurs or die back. Advice please as it is next to a narrow path. 


How to

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 21:37

You know Guys, I love plants and would be able to fill an acre if I had one. My small plot at the front of the bungalow Is for flowers everywhere else is foR fruit and veg. it is a tussle but food is for real and flowers for the heart, but I can cope with some more and they all sound great, so it's geums etc crammed in with some good ground around them even the Gerbera will find a place. Must look up arctosis flame now!



How to

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:31

PS forgot to ask which, soil they prefer to be potted back into. I only wish that these new Gerbera garvillia were twice as tall as I can grow and get basal cuttings frm easily, and what a stunning flower head.


How to

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 16:44

Ok,will do

many thanks


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Summer pruning

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Information please

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