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5/1/14 7:39 A

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Was given a tray of tomato plants and a tray of strawberry plants yesterday have potted then on and they're looking good.

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7/5/12 9:11 A

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I have some friends that are really into gardening. I hope I can find some here on this tread. Summer time is hot and busy. Hope all is well.

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6/28/12 9:17 P

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I am redoing my garden in the front yard. What is your typical English garden suppose to look like??? I like roses.

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4/4/12 5:34 P

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Ive just joined SP, and I like to grow my own veg as well as nectar and pollen laden flowers. I had 2 years off growing anything at all....except for volunteer potatoes, they turned out to be a better crop than ones I actually planted! emoticon

Its been a slow year for me (Ive been caught out too many times) you get so many seedlings going....then the weather turns bitterly cold and I dont have enough room to keep them all above freezing. So I start later, they soon catch up emoticon

So far I have Tumbler tomatoes, dwarf kale, sweet peppers and lots of seedlings of nectar flowers.....they all need pricking out bah! I enjoy it really emoticon .

I hope to enjoy my garden and its produce again this year emoticon

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Hi everyone,

I noticed that this thread has been really quiet! Are there many people out there still planting and growing things?

I am planning my planting at the moment. I grow in containers but had a really good yield last year. I am hoping to get better this year.

So what are people planning on growing or growing at the moment?

Laura x

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WORKTHEGOAL's Photo WORKTHEGOAL Posts: 13,085
11/20/11 3:34 P

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These links may help...

www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/Beech-Hedge-
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www.hedgenursery.co.uk/modules/user/
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11/20/11 1:06 P

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I've just planted a bareroot hedge of Beech, Cherry and Hazel...

Anyone know when i'm supposed to prune them and how much to chop off?

I read a third of growth but i'm thinking i want to cut them really hard as i want the density to start right from the base... opinions? xx

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4/24/11 6:39 P

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You and me both Laura, sorry no-ones popped by since you posted!

You've got more than me growing at the moment. I've got lettuce, and carrots and will be growing beans when I'm ready too! I'm concentrating of flowers at the moment.

With regard to your carrots - have you put plenty of sand in your mixture - so they don't grow lots of 'legs'!!! I made that mistake last year and am hoping for a better fatter crop this year!

Mandy x

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4/18/11 3:59 P

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Hi all,

I am trying to grow some fruit an veg at the moment. It is quite difficult as I only have a small patio but have a small greenhouse and have utilised some deep troughs for carrots etc. So far only have lettuce and spinach actually growing but I am hopeful that the rest catch up. So far I have planted tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, french beans, carrots, aubergines, courgettes, cucumbers, spring onions, peppers, chilli and broccoli and a tub of various herbs. It will be lovely if they all grow to have some fresh veg just outside the back door.

I will be keeping an eye on this thread as any advice is essential to a novice like me!

Laura

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1/9/11 7:55 P

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Thanks for that information. It sounds ideal. Welcome to the team.

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Do you know of Jekka McVicar who has a brilliant herb nursery just outside Bristol and has written the bible of herb growing books, Jekka's Complete Herbal? It tells you everything you need to know about herbs and if you look on her website www.jekkasherbfarm.com you will find lots of handy hints. Best of luck.

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12/30/10 5:33 P

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I put a little rosemary plant in my mother's front rockery a few years ago and it now wants to be a tree!

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12/30/10 4:52 P

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I'm not very good with herbs, they either take over the garden or shrivel up and die. I've only got Rosemary in the garden at the moment as it's probably one of the hardiest ones. I love lavender though, all kinds. Don't have any at the moment. I might replace the castor oil plant with some next year.

I grew bronze fennel a few years ago, that smelt lovely. I always manage to kill basil, think I've gone through at least 3 or 4 plants. Had some purple sage, that did well, until it got too woody.

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12/30/10 3:13 P

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Have been thinking about my mother's garden for next year. She has a wonderful gardener who is a prominent member of the village Horticultural Society, grows sweet peas for show and wins prizes up and down the country and works like a human dynamo. He usually puts a little bit in for me and Paul and I am hoping to persuade him and ma to let me create a proper herb garden next year. I should like to grow some of the more unusual plants. Sorrell tastes of gooseberries and is lovely in sauces and salads. Anyone got suggestions about other interesting plants we might try?

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11/18/10 12:07 P

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Oh Kim and aggy - I love them! I never feel so bad having long nails and cleaning when I see them! lol x

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BRANDI1809's Photo BRANDI1809 Posts: 15,449
11/18/10 10:36 A

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It's Kim from 'How Clean Is Your House?'

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11/18/10 8:48 A

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Who's Kim?! if its early then I won't know her!! lol

Thats a good one Jude, always knew the skin had to be good for something other than falling over!

No gardening for me now - I'm a fair weather girl!

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BRANDI1809's Photo BRANDI1809 Posts: 15,449
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Hey, watched Kim's Wake up call today (yes I know I'm sad) she was cleaning house plant leaves with a banana skin, apparently they are also good for cleaning shoes.!!!
J x

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10/12/10 2:40 P

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Thanks Ann xx

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10/12/10 2:19 P

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Putting green tomatoes with red ones does work, I did it a couple of weeks ago, also works with ripe fruit. Apparently the reason is that give off some sort of chemical which encourages the unripe stuff to ripen. Bananas work especially well, I suppose they give off more of said chemical than anything else. The windowsill thing is to do with heat, it's heat that turns them ripe on the vine not the sun (although the sun produces heat...).

Hope this helps. I googled it a while ago as I was in the same boat.

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I've just done that yesterday, but I love your way of explaining why lol! We'll see what happens!

Ta,
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Hi Mandy,
My dear old Dad always used to put the green tomatoes next to a couple of red ones on a window ledge (or was it in a drawer) to show them what colour they should be! Can't remember if it worked or not.

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10/3/10 1:46 P

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I've still got loads of tomatoes blooming in my greenhouse, but with lack of sunshine they seem to be struggling to ripen - quite a slow process!

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I prefer the "Orange ball" Budlias as you don't see too may around. Always Purple or White ones.

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Me too Janet, I'm after a Budlia - butterflies are my favourite and being purple the bees will probably like it too?

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Overrun with courgettes this year, but carrots were a total disaster. Just going to make what will probably be the last sowing outdoors of salad leaves. Tomatoes are coming along nicely. I've got apples on my minarette trees, which suit my small garden, but haven't had any plums yet as tree only two years old.

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My gooseberry bush is loaded with fruit this year,and the chives, mint, parsley and rosemary are doing well, the strawberies were the best crop we have ever had this year.
I've noticed the bee's in our garden like the purple flowers, lavander, pancies and also the white clover on the lawn,we want a buddula to attract the butterflies.
My dad used to have a few bee hives and make his own honey, it was lovely.


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I'm a novice at gardening, but am enjoying the few bits of success that I do have! I've got 10 green tomatoes in the greenhouse at the moment, just given them a feed yesterday, and my runner beans are looking very bushy so won't be long! My carrots were a disaster 2 attempts in a row - must try harder next time!

Chives and Mint are doing great and thats it!

Oh my onions didn't even sprout! Dud packet of seeds!

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8/5/10 3:05 P

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We keep a patch of clover in our lawn and the bees love it. We have had at least 4 or 5 species of bee this year. I am trying to grow things that we can eat, lettuce, radish, cucumber and others. Not had much luck with the cauliflower though.
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Brilliant idea for a thread, Jude. I haven't got a garden but if I had I'd be planting stuff to save our bees. Lavender, probably purple plants, not sure. Google will know. Please people, put at least one plant in for them because they are vital.

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Ok folks, this is where you can ask gardening questions or give advice or just have a bit of a brag about the size of your onions......oooh er Mrs!

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