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Kitty
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Posted -  07/03/2007  :  23:30
Can we have a gardening website?  I have decided to have a vegetable patch this year and the tomatoe and broad beans have already been sown and are coming up.  The compost is looking great and I can't wait for the runner beans, courgettes, cut and come again spinach, radishes and onions!  It would be great to have a forum to discuss things as I know I will have loads of unanswered questions soon...


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marilyn
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Posted - 21/05/2010 : 09:44
No idea about horseradish or southern wood.

My paving was completed yesterday, so now I have well defined  (and edged!) garden borders. We are sooooo pleased with it. It was a big clean up job getting all the brick dust off every surface around the house today. My poor old manderine tree needed a good hosing down as it was so grey with brick dust that I couldn't see any of the orange fruit showing. Likewise, some potted palms needed cleaning, leaf by leaf, with clean water and an old face-washer. That took all morning (had to clean garden furniture, window sills and all sorts). So to treat ourselves, we went to the nursery and bought two Wisterias (purple 'chinese' ones....I've always wanted one.) Not planted yet, because even though we have specific edges and garden borders, all the soil seems to be in the wrong places, so there is still levelling out and compost etc to add yet. Hope the weather holds tomorrow. Rain expected Sunday, so it would be good if we can get it done by then as the rain will settle everything. I'm just hoping the back holds up. Bit stiff tonight...


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belle
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Posted - 21/05/2010 : 11:51
All these typos on this topic are presumably down to green fingers?


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Stanley
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Posted - 21/05/2010 : 17:33
Nit-picker.....


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marilyn
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Posted - 22/05/2010 : 05:33
Mid afternoon. I'm just taking a break from the garden and enjoying a quick sit down and a cold beer (well deserved). I'm about a third of the way thru. I won't get it finished today....I'll do a bit more, but have to respect this old back of mine. What's the rush anyway? Gardening is one of those ongoing things we do for enjoyment - not torture.


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Sue
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Posted - 22/05/2010 : 18:28
Yes I did that Stanley and then one year it didn't come back. Would love to pop in , give me a shout when you think there will be some ready and i 'll be round

 Sue


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Stanley
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Posted - 23/05/2010 : 06:02
You could come any time, it won't miss a couple of shoots and if you root them in water they are certainly bursting with life!


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Sue
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Posted - 23/05/2010 : 22:23
Will do, will let you know. Life is a bit hectic at the moment. daughter and grandaughter are coming to stay for a week next week then we are off to the lakes, then France, then I am on an Art course for a week in Kendal , then it is July!!


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Stanley
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Posted - 24/05/2010 : 05:06


A week on, despite lack of water everything is thriving. Ladslove is exploding from the stumps I cut it back to. I think it is a happy plant.....


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marilyn
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Posted - 24/05/2010 : 09:09
Nice to see your dog casting a shadow. Means it must be sunny!
What's going on up the end there....could it be a barbeque?....why wasn't I invited?


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belle
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Posted - 24/05/2010 : 10:17
Sue, you have neglected to mention the all important art trip!


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Sue
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Posted - 24/05/2010 : 20:36
The fench trip has been organised around  ie after the Art day. It has an important star next to it on the calendar

 Sue


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marilyn
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Posted - 24/05/2010 : 23:24
Sue, do I take it that you can take plants and cuttings/seedlings over to France? I find that amazing....here in Australia we can't even take fruit from one state to another and our customs will not allow any organic material to enter or leave the country. Big fines if you do. I have friends who have travelled around Australia several times with a caravan and have had their fridge and cupboard searched several times for fruit and vegetables at state borders. Is your car searched every time you go to France (or when you come back?
We have even had our shoes examined for soil when we come back from the UK....which is why I take old shoes with me and throw them away before coming back, so that I'm wearing newly purchased ones and they are the only ones I have.

Today is a total washout as far as gardening is concerned. It rained all night and doesn't show any sign of letting up. (this is a good thing).


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Bradders
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Posted - 25/05/2010 : 00:37
My Son Oliver lives in Dallas TX....during the last two weeks he has been to San Fansisco and back with two trucks....Entering California , there was a checkpoint....... Because he had Texas plates they were  searched ......for fruit !   I s'pose the old  Bol Weevil threat hasn't really gone away.... 


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Sue
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Posted - 25/05/2010 : 12:48
Yes you can take plants and cuttings but NOT rhodedendrons or azalia. Most plants sold in France and UK originate from Holland plant growers anyway . Thompson and Morgan sell seeds and plants  in both countries and I buy a lot from them . If you go on their website it says what you can and can't take to different countries. We have been very careful with this, as plants are so much cheaper over here so we do tend to take quite a few over with us.

Bradders we had the same last year . We hoildayed in Oregon and drove into California to stay with my cousin . We were stopped and checked for fruit . I suppose they are just protecting their own fruit industry . I have to say the check wasn't that thorough as we had fresh pears and peaches with us for our lunch, bought in Oregon , consumed in California.

 We had an interesting scenario last week in france. we have had to clear out the storeroom attached to the house so that the soil floor can be concreted. Most of the rubbish in there was from the previous owners,much of it unused building materials and building debri. However it  included a packet of very suspect seeds in a plain brown envelope. I checked them out on the internet ( as i am very innocent of these matters) and they are now destroyed, burnt in the fire. I am surprised we didn't have sniffer dogs come a calling

 Sue


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marilyn
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Posted - 25/05/2010 : 23:29
Our fruit and veg confiscation is to prevent the spread of fruit fly. My friend in the caravan was a bit cross that they evn took the bowl of salad from her fridge that was for their dinner that night. They were in the middle of nowhere at the time and had stocked up on food to get them thru to civilisation. (she said they also took a cooked potato dish from the fridge. Maybe they were just hungry!)

Wouldn't have thought France was a warm enough place to successfully grow those seeds, Sue.

Edited by - marilyn on 25/05/2010 11:32:01 PM


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