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Posted: 03/01/2015 at 12:36

Enjoy your meal tonight Matty .  Did you get acer variety you wanted?

sunshine here now.........spring just around the corner and then another glorious summer 

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Posted: 03/01/2015 at 09:22

Carrots easy for me too.  Live on them all summer........hey!  Is that why my niece calls me "orange face"?  Fine, stone free, manure free soil and some fleece to protect against carrot fly should produce a fine crop.  Companion planting.....I alternate with onions/spring also worthwhile.

Dont really have any problems growing any veg but the moral seems to be get the soil right first.  


Posted: 03/01/2015 at 09:10

Morning folks.'s Sunday.  

lot of rain and strong winds last night. Not too cold though. Clearing now and expecting something lot better.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 00:29

Agree this sounds like an occasion to talk nicely to your neighbours.  I sense there will be very little fall out.  Probably your neighbour's gardener would cut and remove for you

Chucking back your prunings could seem provocative ....not sure I would like to have it done to me.  

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Posted: 03/01/2015 at 00:18

Hoping our expert ...STACEY reading this.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 00:17

Great news Matty.  Onwards and upwards now 


Posted: 02/01/2015 at 21:10

Yes, me too Fairy 

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 18:08

Well done Philippa 

Lawn dying off again

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 16:40

Hi Stu

can you post a picture or describe what is happening?   Also, if your ground is Currently very wet?  

When this happened last year how did your lawn recover in spring.....or did it?  Did you reseed?  Did you rake it only to find the grass separating from the roots?  

My feeling is youR lawn was attacked by leatherjacket grubs in September or chafers leaving your lawn with an increasingly worn out look! 

Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 15:40

I have raspberries growing up a fence on veg patch. prior to planting I sprayed bind weed, nettles and bramble in spring.  It was extremely effective in clearing that area.  For regrowth there I again sprayed with glyphosate.  I do not like any weed killers near food crops but since I planted for crops in the second year I felt it was a sensible option.  Now, no perennial weeds and safe crops.  

glyphosate is regarded as " safe" and I think it prob is when used with care.  My veg patch sees no chemicals at all...not even slug pellets....but ground does need to be cleared of perennial weeds at the start and, hopefully, once and for all

Discussions started by Verdun

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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Dilemma........wot to choose?

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For Stacey and others absent at mo...

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Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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Now then, now then....

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