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Re: How about a gardening thread?

If it is a climber, you can stake a bamboo stick at an angle, and encourage it to climb up the stick. Then get a systemic spray to kill it, putting cardboard between the plant growing on the stick and the plant you want to protect. Best do this in Spring when it is growing - you might have to do it twice. When dead, carefully remove it.
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Old 18.11.2012, 21:33
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I'd like to save some pumpkin seeds and plant them next year. Should i clean off the seeds, dry them and store them in the dark till next spring? Any other suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 18.11.2012, 21:44
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

It looks like shamrock - the irish clover. It has long roots, but there are normally easy to pull out and tease out. I quite like it's bronze colour and tolerate it - and just dig out when it is getting too cheeky!

Edot, spot on, that's the way to do it.
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Old 19.11.2012, 08:28
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I'd like to save some pumpkin seeds and plant them next year. Should i clean off the seeds, dry them and store them in the dark till next spring? Any other suggestions? Thanks.
Yup. Clean, dry, store in dark. Worked for me last year - just stored them in open bottle in cellar.
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Oh that one! It gets the most amazingly virile seed pods! Once the pods burst they scatter millions of minute seeds - so get it out before it sets seed.
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Garden? What garden? I suppose it is there somewhere under all that white stuff? Will have to wait and find out in a few months time, I suppose
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Anyone got some advice for me about why my Ficus Benjamina tree in a pot is losing SO many leaves since I brought it indoors at beginning of winter?

It`s about ten years old, 2m tall, in a large pot, always spends summer outdoors in the garden, and winters indoors. It usually loses some leaves, but this time it is alarming - every day there are more and more yellow leaves falling off.

I spray it every day (when I remember) with water, so it`s not lack of moisture, and the soil is not wet or too dry.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

generally ficuses lose leaves when the moisture , light conditions change. If you say tht you are spraying and the soil is moist enough then it could be the sudden lack of light. Otherwise it could be critters that have nested in the root/soil.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I dug off some snow in he garden and guess what i found fresh frozen corriander leaves beneath.!
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generally ficuses lose leaves when the moisture , light conditions change. If you say tht you are spraying and the soil is moist enough then it could be the sudden lack of light. Otherwise it could be critters that have nested in the root/soil.
Thanks for your idea. Maybe it`s time to re-pot it? The roots have sort-of risen out of the soil, even trapped a rock amongst them.

When is a good time to repot? ..... oh yes, forgot ... Google it

It always looks so happy out in the garden in summer, and when I bring it inside it is glowing with good health. Now it`s looking a bit like me ......
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I dug off some snow in he garden and guess what i found fresh frozen corriander leaves beneath.!
Growing coriander is the bane of my gardening life.

I thought I had got it nailed this year but no, it bolts too quickly.

Please, what are your secrets to growing it so I can try again next year?

I've got frozen flat leaf parsley!
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Old 12.12.2012, 19:23
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Growing coriander is the bane of my gardening life.

I thought I had got it nailed this year but no, it bolts too quickly.

Please, what are your secrets to growing it so I can try again next year?

I've got frozen flat leaf parsley!
Strange, I`ve had "success" with Coriander - it seems to seed itself and come up all over the place! (Seeds don`t freeze to death?)

Tom1234 you need to use more nails to prevent it bolting

I`ve got frozen Sage at the moment. Nice with a certain potato dish.
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Growing coriander is the bane of my gardening life.

I thought I had got it nailed this year but no, it bolts too quickly.

Please, what are your secrets to growing it so I can try again next year?

I've got frozen flat leaf parsley!
Tom, mine bolt fast too ,I keep pinching off flower buds whenever i see them.There are apparently slow bolting varieties you could buy...but not here in the local shops.

Smoky..I think they generally state the best time to repot is spring.
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It always looks so happy out in the garden in summer, and when I bring it inside it is glowing with good health. Now it`s looking a bit like me ......
Smoky is the avatar a picture of yours, just thought looked a bit like the unhappy ficus....rofl
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Smoky is the avatar a picture of yours, just thought looked a bit like the unhappy ficus....rofl
Hahaaaa ..... no, fortunately not! But I think that is the image my grand-kids have of me......
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hi, I'm new to EF and new to French region. I am near Morges. I am looking for a garden center. I would prefer something more personal than Hornbach. Looking for a place I can get to know the people, ask questions, learn from. Anyone know of such a place? I'm in Ballens near Biere. Thanks!
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Smoky..I think they generally state the best time to repot is spring.
Yes. Thanks for reminding me!

I have worked out that should it survive the winter, (so far its managed to survive 5 winters! always dropping leaves, but not this much!) I`ll yank it out of the pot (the soil seems rather solid - too many roots?), buy a bigger pot (it deserves it), trim its roots, and then plant it in that sort-of aquaculutre pebbly stuff with a water monitor spigoogle that sticks out the top of soil indicating water needs.

I end up "adopting" these exotic plants and spend my time nursing them thru winters here! People buy small plants and when they get too big throw them out to die. Or they buy them for the few months till they return to their own countries. I only buy winter-hard varieties!

One exception! My sweet-potatoe propagated last summer is growing in its pot on the window sill! Looking like a REAL sweet potatoe plant! First spring duty is to find it a nice warm place in garden ...... and wait for my own home-grown sweet potatoes!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Smokey..wow a real sweet potato plant!! if it isnt ornamental would you mind sharing with me a cutting? cause trying to propagate the store bought ones are next to impossible and the ones sold in nurseries are either too late to produce a tuber or are ornamental.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Finally, Even after so many posts. Is the tread created or not ?

This thread will be the very useful stuff. I am new to gardening and it is difficult to find good advise for local plants, dünger(fertilisers), cutting grass, caring, when to give and what to take care etc to suit local soil, and weather in English. Most of sites and people in BauHaus and instructions are purely in German or French or Italian. Do something..
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