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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:18

I was taught flowers by Percy Thrower, and vegetables by Arthur Billett. I don't think they go back before then. Gertrude Jekyll doesn't count!!

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 13:06

Hello Bill, welcome home.... thought about how you were doing . They tell me it has been a bit colder than usual?

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 13:03

Time to invest your effort into something else I fear....

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 12:09

Chicky, if you can pot up and then protect them in the GH you will get a good start. However as you have to wait 'til endish May to actually plant out I would leave it a bit. Start in March?

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 11:38

Jess, I will gladly hold your coat.........

Dovefromabove wrote (see)
JIMMMY wrote (see)

.... a bit like Monty's, use of the term one third leaf mould when making his own compost! ....

I don't have a problem with that - what's wrong with knowing what the ideal would be?  Even if we have to compromise, at least we then know what to be looking for when buying a potting medium.    If he told us to go out and buy commercially produced composts that would also spark criticism I'm sure. 

Do you remember when MD was at "Berryfields and he created 3 different types of compost, Berryfields no. 1, no. 2 and no.3. I do think he lives on another planet. Did he really believe that any of us could relate to this in any meaningful way. And in subsequent programmes he even kept referring to which one he advised to use for which jobs. Well,first none of us had the b***** stuff, since even if we wanted to this would take best part of a year to do. Second you can't go out and buy it from your favourite GC since he was the only person to have it. Third, he was using a shorthand which none of us understood or remembered. What we needed was practical advice including what commercially available products we should use instead , similar to his stuff. Whenever he referred to this home made compost my slippers would be thrown at the TV. Harrumph!!!

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:34

When someone buys you a "Dandy" album for Christmas (true!)...

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:31

Chicky, why limit it to wintertime? We deserve better all year round, that's what all the criticism (constructive) is all about. I doubt if the BBC is even aware of this thread, but if they are can they please join in?

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:26

Emma, anything that regularly succumbs to the dreaded blight... toms and pots. By the way I did do quite well with Zeina cucumbers, they are the small ones.

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 13:00

"I won't take my coat of, I'm not stopping"... who said that?  

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 11:41

Have left all( over100) of my dahlias in the soil to overwinter after those that were left in during last year's very cold spell, survived. Just cut them down and mulched.

Also considering taking out, or at least cutting back to ground level, my pyracanthas, which are rampant in a mixed hedge. They can grow 4ft a year and shred me when I try to cut them back.

I appreciate this thread because it is not about what are good plants or not... they all are... but about which ones come with more "cost" than "benefit" for you.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

Overwintering Gazanias

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Gardening quiz

Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Pesky flies!

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Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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Camassias from seed

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Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

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Last Post: 17/06/2013 at 15:44 unintended trial

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Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

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Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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Gaillardia death

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Encouraging young gardeners

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Why I never buy online

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Difficult Navigation

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Looking after alpines

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Gardening in the dark....

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