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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:54 pm

I can't believe the pictures of my lawn have been viewed 445 times. Have you lot really got nothing better to do?

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Re: Gardening

Post by nanski » Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:08 am

i think i'm going to have to break down and hire someone to do my garden. it's got weeds in it bigger than me. I've just pulled up 12 big bags full, i'm exhausted, and i have a stinging rash on my leg, mosquito bites, and possibly spider bites. last time i did it, i ended up with an itchy rash so i wore long trousers this time. the only good thing is that the typhoon weakened the weeds and got the ground really wet so they were relatively easy to pull up.
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Re: Gardening

Post by nanski » Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:06 pm

nanski wrote: and i have a stinging rash on my leg,
OMG it's come back! it went away rather quickly but it's come back! i want to know WTF it is. ugh. stupid garden
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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:52 pm

What's everyone growing this year then?

Has anyone grown leeks before? I've got leeks on the go this year. They keep getting taller but not any fatter. Do they want earthing up?

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Re: Gardening

Post by tonieee » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:29 am

humblebee wrote:What's everyone growing this year then?

Has anyone grown leeks before? I've got leeks on the go this year. They keep getting taller but not any fatter. Do they want earthing up?
We've got leeks too! They are from when we decided to grow loads of vegetables a couple of years - nothing else grew except the leeks and they come back every year.

You're supposed to dig them up before the flowers pop open which we've failed to do this year. I'm determined that we're going to do it this year and make some leek and potato soup from them. Just need to work when the flowers are going to open and do it some time before then....

They look pretty with the flowers anyway.

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Re: Gardening

Post by Tweetotal » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:00 am

Oh god, my garden's terrible. I'll garden in it. but I'd have to get the broken furniture out of it first. Last year I had a go and grew some cosmos, it was lovely.
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Post by Carys » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:22 am

We have Japanese knotweed, which is theatening to destroy EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH.

I like having a garden, but it's so much effort just trying to maintain it.

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Re: Gardening

Post by tonieee » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:55 am

I've been fighting a losing battle with knotweed in my front garden for the last few years. I've been digging it up whenever I see it. I think this year I've lost though as it seems to be really taking over and I can't really get to a lot of it without damaging the other plants there.

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Post by Carys » Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:17 pm

You can't just dig it up, I don't think. It needs to have specialist treatment. Apparently 0.8g of knotweed matter can grow into a new plant...

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Re: Gardening

Post by Big Nose » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:29 pm

humblebee wrote:What's everyone growing this year then?

Has anyone grown leeks before? I've got leeks on the go this year. They keep getting taller but not any fatter. Do they want earthing up?
Yes. And a fair amount of water if you want to fatten them. We planted some in our front garden 3 years ago and they have regrown like magic ever since.

Just tomatoes (lots of them, salad/plum and cherry), lettuce/rocket/random greens, basil, oregano this year for us. We have mint, lemon balm and raspberries growing naturally.

I basically only eat well for the 2 months of the year this lot is all ripe for eating. The rest of the time I'm forced to eat tomatoes that don't actually smell or taste like tomatoes I've bought from the supermarket. I'd love it if this was not the case. I should really do something about it.
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Re: Gardening

Post by fika_recordings » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:07 pm

My flat is overrun with herbs. Should anyone in London want some parsley, dill, sage, rosemary, oregano, mint, dill or tarragon I've got seedlings on every available surface and could do with shifting some.... The basil has established itself in the corner and fights me away if I try and move it, so I'm leaving it be.
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Re: Gardening

Post by Silver Girl » Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:54 pm

I am feeling smug for growing purple potatoes. They're purple in the middle too! (but they go a weirdy bluey-almost-green when you cook them).
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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:55 pm

Got a load of tomatoes on the go - some fruit on the plum ones already. This is quite ridiculously exciting.

I have grown pak choi as well, cos I bloody love pak choi but you can't buy it in Walkley. It was dead easy, grew like a dream. I recommend. I've also discovered the steaming the leaves instead of stir-frying them makes the BEST TASTING THING BLOODY EVER.

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Re: Gardening

Post by oldgreentieon » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:19 am

We've been growing rocket. It's done quite well, but can anyone tell me how to stop it bolting? The seed instructions say it's a cut-and-come-again variety, and we've kept it well watered to try and stop it reproducing in panic, but this hasn't worked - we've only managed to get 1 cutting from each sowing before it bolted.

Otherwise, all is well this year. Runner beans, pumpkin (crown prince), tomatoes (tigerella) and some flowering stuff seems to be enjoying the warm weather and is looking healthy. Yay gardening.

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Re: Gardening

Post by mimpkin » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:04 pm

I had two gooseberries on my gooseberry bush this year. Yummy!
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Re: Gardening

Post by Jason45 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:15 pm

Gardening is a good hobby and is usually better for health. The question arises that how gardening is good for health and the answer is that it is good for mind relaxation.

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Re: Gardening

Post by linus » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:42 pm

but then again a mind that's too relaxed can be bad for physical health, for example your attention wanders, perhaps taking in the delicate sensual folds and pleats of a virginal young flower opening in bloom, only to back the lawnmower up over your damn foot

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Re: Gardening

Post by Nicole Diver » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:11 pm

I'm just enjoying the first courgette from my garden. I've started trying to grow fruit/veg this year, in addition to the courgettes I also have tomatoes (which are coming along nicely but not quite there), strawberries and basil.

I'm having a bit of an issue with the strawberries in that they're going mouldy before they're fully grown; has anyone else had this problem/know how to solve it?

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Re: Gardening

Post by oldgreentieon » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:39 pm

I like rain, but it's made this a rather good year for slugs and snails. They have eaten my spinach unsuprisingly, but they also seemed to have developed a taste for sunflowers and calendula, which they've never eaten before. Also, they are now able to crawl across smashed up eggshells, which had always worked as a deterrent in previous years.

Is this a new species of mutant super-snail? Should I be worried?

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Re: Gardening

Post by mightypie » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:07 pm

oldgreentieon wrote:Is this a new species of mutant super-snail? Should I be worried?
blame the Spanish http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18672728
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