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  2. shiney
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    What's Looking Good in July 2024

    Loving the Heleniums @LunarSea ! I can never grow them, they always die off.
    Loving the Heleniums @LunarSea ! I can never grow them, they always die off.
    Loving the Heleniums @LunarSea ! I can never grow them, they always die off.
    Loving the Heleniums @LunarSea ! I can never grow them, they always die off.
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  3. JWK
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    What are we doing in the garden 2024

    I sometimes sieve soil too - usually if I've run out of compost and I want something suitable for potting on, seed sowing etc. It can be quite relaxing on a nice day to just sit and do a bucketful...
    I sometimes sieve soil too - usually if I've run out of compost and I want something suitable for potting on, seed sowing etc. It can be quite relaxing on a nice day to just sit and do a bucketful with a couple of sievings. If there's any large stones, I just hand pick them out, and then I do a...
    I sometimes sieve soil too - usually if I've run out of compost and I want something suitable for potting on, seed sowing etc. It can be quite relaxing on a nice day to just sit and do a bucketful with a couple of sievings. If there's any large...
    I sometimes sieve soil too - usually if I've run out of compost and I want something suitable for potting on, seed sowing etc. It can be quite relaxing on a nice day to just sit and do a bucketful...
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  4. JWK
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    Show us your purchases 2024

    @Victoria wow it gets quite large then. I shall be able to put it in our hall, which is quite bright and gets filtered sunlight. I was thinking maybe it needs misting, but perhaps not. I like your...
    @Victoria wow it gets quite large then. I shall be able to put it in our hall, which is quite bright and gets filtered sunlight. I was thinking maybe it needs misting, but perhaps not. I like your quarter planter.
    @Victoria wow it gets quite large then. I shall be able to put it in our hall, which is quite bright and gets filtered sunlight. I was thinking maybe it needs misting, but perhaps not. I like your quarter planter.
    @Victoria wow it gets quite large then. I shall be able to put it in our hall, which is quite bright and gets filtered sunlight. I was thinking maybe it needs misting, but perhaps not. I like your...
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  5. ARMANDII
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    Sweetpeas

    Gorgeous!
    Gorgeous!
    Gorgeous!
    Gorgeous!
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  6. ChrisM6
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    Mediterranean / Dry gardening

    Another factor in my problem is a thin, shallow, gritty soil with a compacted shale layer only a spades depth below the surface. It puddles in wet weather and it is like watering a sieve in hot...
    Another factor in my problem is a thin, shallow, gritty soil with a compacted shale layer only a spades depth below the surface. It puddles in wet weather and it is like watering a sieve in hot dry weather. When I first moved here 20 years ago I planted fruit trees etc. but almost every year we...
    Another factor in my problem is a thin, shallow, gritty soil with a compacted shale layer only a spades depth below the surface. It puddles in wet weather and it is like watering a sieve in hot dry weather. When I first moved here 20 years ago I...
    Another factor in my problem is a thin, shallow, gritty soil with a compacted shale layer only a spades depth below the surface. It puddles in wet weather and it is like watering a sieve in hot...
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  7. HarryS
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    Dahlia Tuber Planting ?

    In 2022, we were walking our regular route to the high street and saw some beautiful red and white dahlias in someone's garden, so I knocked the door and he invited me back in the autumn to get...
    In 2022, we were walking our regular route to the high street and saw some beautiful red and white dahlias in someone's garden, so I knocked the door and he invited me back in the autumn to get some tubers. A very kind gardener. I planted those in 2023 and they came up lovely.This year I...
    In 2022, we were walking our regular route to the high street and saw some beautiful red and white dahlias in someone's garden, so I knocked the door and he invited me back in the autumn to get some tubers. A very kind gardener. I planted those...
    In 2022, we were walking our regular route to the high street and saw some beautiful red and white dahlias in someone's garden, so I knocked the door and he invited me back in the autumn to get...
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  8. Redwing
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    Good Online Nurseries and Plant Sellers

    Yes I've had them replace a really tiny Hosta bare root they sent out last year, as it happens the original one did survive so ended up with two. Zero complaints from me...just sad not to be able...
    Yes I've had them replace a really tiny Hosta bare root they sent out last year, as it happens the original one did survive so ended up with two. Zero complaints from me...just sad not to be able to buy anything this year as don't want to add even more plants to our move :)
    Yes I've had them replace a really tiny Hosta bare root they sent out last year, as it happens the original one did survive so ended up with two. Zero complaints from me...just sad not to be able to buy anything this year as don't want to add...
    Yes I've had them replace a really tiny Hosta bare root they sent out last year, as it happens the original one did survive so ended up with two. Zero complaints from me...just sad not to be able...
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  9. ARMANDII
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    IRIS CHOICE - NEED A HAND FROM THE GANG

    You need them all! I need them all! They're magnificent aren't they?
    You need them all! I need them all! They're magnificent aren't they?
    You need them all! I need them all! They're magnificent aren't they?
    You need them all! I need them all! They're magnificent aren't they?
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  10. ARMANDII
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    SUPER SALVIAS

    stormy pink - from Great DixterJenny namaste
    stormy pink - from Great DixterJenny namaste
    stormy pink - from Great DixterJenny namaste
    stormy pink - from Great DixterJenny namaste
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  11. shiney
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    Cat Deterrents

    Please Read This Thread First:-Cat Deterrent Talk.? All post of this nature in this thread only.. Humane talk only please.! 2022
    Please Read This Thread First:-Cat Deterrent Talk.? All post of this nature in this thread only.. Humane talk only please.! 2022
    Please Read This Thread First:-Cat Deterrent Talk.? All post of this nature in this thread only.. Humane talk only please.! 2022
    Please Read This Thread First:-Cat Deterrent Talk.? All post of this nature in this thread only.. Humane talk only please.! 2022
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  12. Kevin Cowans
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    Struggling Honeysuckle 'American Beauty'

    Hello @Kevin Cowans no worries my friendBuy Lonicera x heckrottii Gold Flame (syn American Beauty) Honeysuckle in the UK
    Hello @Kevin Cowans no worries my friendBuy Lonicera x heckrottii Gold Flame (syn American Beauty) Honeysuckle in the UK
    Hello @Kevin Cowans no worries my friendBuy Lonicera x heckrottii Gold Flame (syn American Beauty) Honeysuckle in the UK
    Hello @Kevin Cowans no worries my friendBuy Lonicera x heckrottii Gold Flame (syn American Beauty) Honeysuckle in the UK
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  13. ARMANDII
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    FUCHSIAS

    I've had difficulty sourcing decent sized bush fuchsias but fortunately my cuttings are coming on space and should be a good size by the autumn
    I've had difficulty sourcing decent sized bush fuchsias but fortunately my cuttings are coming on space and should be a good size by the autumn
    I've had difficulty sourcing decent sized bush fuchsias but fortunately my cuttings are coming on space and should be a good size by the autumn
    I've had difficulty sourcing decent sized bush fuchsias but fortunately my cuttings are coming on space and should be a good size by the autumn
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  14. JWK
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    Anyone Buying New Seed ?

    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
    Thank you, will do :) have a good day.
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  15. Fat Controller
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    Sheds

    These are the ones I have here -
    These are the ones I have here -
    These are the ones I have here -
    These are the ones I have here -
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  16. ARMANDII
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    RECOMMENDED GARDENING/HORTICULTURAL/BOTANICAL BOOKS AND PERSONAL STUDIES INTO THE SUBJECT

    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts,...
    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts, experiences and memories. To help set the scene. For those who have perhaps lived through an era, and...
    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts, experiences and memories. To help set the scene. For...
    Now then. So we have opened up a bit about our books etc. Now then. I am approaching a kind of special time of the gardening year to me. I wonder if anyone cares to share their thoughts,...
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  17. HarryS
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    Know Your Weeds

    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
    my friend seems to be having a problem with buttercup weeds in her lawn, how can she get rid of it ? Without damaging the lawn :spinning:
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  18. JWK
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    Do you know your soil type?

    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure added over the years. Warm, sunny walled garden not far from the coast. Can grow wide range of...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure added over the years. Warm, sunny walled garden...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure...
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  19. shiney
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    Cutting Lawn Edges

    Of course, if Bulldog did make them, the quality would be better, and they might even give away a bag of Uncle Joes as a promotional offer! :snork:
    Of course, if Bulldog did make them, the quality would be better, and they might even give away a bag of Uncle Joes as a promotional offer! :snork:
    Of course, if Bulldog did make them, the quality would be better, and they might even give away a bag of Uncle Joes as a promotional offer! :snork:
    Of course, if Bulldog did make them, the quality would be better, and they might even give away a bag of Uncle Joes as a promotional offer! :snork:
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  20. PeterS
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    Improving clay

    Cool
    Cool
    Cool
    Cool
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  22. On the Levels
    Friendly x 15

    A difficult day

    Thinking of you, @On the Levels . Such a sad time for you and your family.
    Thinking of you, @On the Levels . Such a sad time for you and your family.
    Thinking of you, @On the Levels . Such a sad time for you and your family.
    Thinking of you, @On the Levels . Such a sad time for you and your family.
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  23. micearguers
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    Fond of Fronds

    I agree, My collection of ferns has grown steadily over the yrs. Lovely plants and so easy. A bit of shade, a bit of water, collect the withered fronds in autumn, and done! :)
    I agree, My collection of ferns has grown steadily over the yrs. Lovely plants and so easy. A bit of shade, a bit of water, collect the withered fronds in autumn, and done! :)
    I agree, My collection of ferns has grown steadily over the yrs. Lovely plants and so easy. A bit of shade, a bit of water, collect the withered fronds in autumn, and done! :)
    I agree, My collection of ferns has grown steadily over the yrs. Lovely plants and so easy. A bit of shade, a bit of water, collect the withered fronds in autumn, and done! :)
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  24. Daniel Harden

    Tree looks infected (Need Advice)

    We regularly get pigeons nesting in our tree and the only issue is the occasional snapped branched and a whole lot of crap. The leaves below the nest get properly boulder dashed and look similar...
    We regularly get pigeons nesting in our tree and the only issue is the occasional snapped branched and a whole lot of crap. The leaves below the nest get properly boulder dashed and look similar to your picture. It does no harm and probably benefits the tree with some free fertiliser.
    We regularly get pigeons nesting in our tree and the only issue is the occasional snapped branched and a whole lot of crap. The leaves below the nest get properly boulder dashed and look similar to your picture. It does no harm and probably...
    We regularly get pigeons nesting in our tree and the only issue is the occasional snapped branched and a whole lot of crap. The leaves below the nest get properly boulder dashed and look similar...
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  25. InTheMoors

    Cucumber Query

    Thanks everyone. I've certainly learned something this week!
    Thanks everyone. I've certainly learned something this week!
    Thanks everyone. I've certainly learned something this week!
    Thanks everyone. I've certainly learned something this week!
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  26. Dave470

    Water butt

    I add a few drops of biodegradable washing up liquid, this reduces the surface tension and the larvae cannot hang from the surface as they breath.
    I add a few drops of biodegradable washing up liquid, this reduces the surface tension and the larvae cannot hang from the surface as they breath.
    I add a few drops of biodegradable washing up liquid, this reduces the surface tension and the larvae cannot hang from the surface as they breath.
    I add a few drops of biodegradable washing up liquid, this reduces the surface tension and the larvae cannot hang from the surface as they breath.
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  27. Lil_Dee

    New Bay tree roots sticking up out of the soil in it's container

    Wow... thank you all for the great advice, the removal tips you all have given me are diamond.
    Wow... thank you all for the great advice, the removal tips you all have given me are diamond.
    Wow... thank you all for the great advice, the removal tips you all have given me are diamond.
    Wow... thank you all for the great advice, the removal tips you all have given me are diamond.
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  28. Goblinquartz

    Virginia creeper looking dead

    It looks like the site isn't ideal @Goblinquartz - ivy, conifers etc all nearby, and it's right up against the wall. It's probably dried out - that's the most likely reason. You have to be in a...
    It looks like the site isn't ideal @Goblinquartz - ivy, conifers etc all nearby, and it's right up against the wall. It's probably dried out - that's the most likely reason. You have to be in a reliably wet enough area, preferably with the prevailing weather coming directly into it, to have it...
    It looks like the site isn't ideal @Goblinquartz - ivy, conifers etc all nearby, and it's right up against the wall. It's probably dried out - that's the most likely reason. You have to be in a reliably wet enough area, preferably with the...
    It looks like the site isn't ideal @Goblinquartz - ivy, conifers etc all nearby, and it's right up against the wall. It's probably dried out - that's the most likely reason. You have to be in a...
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  29. TheMadHedger

    Garden Furniture - who makes high quality wood furniture?

    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have another hunt around based on those.
    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have another hunt around based on those.
    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have another hunt around based on those.
    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have another hunt around based on those.
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  30. Grays

    What to do with this Forsythia, which is coming over.

    Pruned or not, cytisus are short lived shrubs and very dull for about 50 weeks of the year so I would concentrate your efforts on sorting out the forsythia which flowers a wee mite longer. Take...
    Pruned or not, cytisus are short lived shrubs and very dull for about 50 weeks of the year so I would concentrate your efforts on sorting out the forsythia which flowers a wee mite longer. Take out any branches going the wrong way so that you are left with a manageable set of stumps.They...
    Pruned or not, cytisus are short lived shrubs and very dull for about 50 weeks of the year so I would concentrate your efforts on sorting out the forsythia which flowers a wee mite longer. Take out any branches going the wrong way so that you...
    Pruned or not, cytisus are short lived shrubs and very dull for about 50 weeks of the year so I would concentrate your efforts on sorting out the forsythia which flowers a wee mite longer. Take...
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  31. Foxwillow

    When to lift Iris and Agapanthus

    Thanks @Pete8
    Thanks @Pete8
    Thanks @Pete8
    Thanks @Pete8
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  32. Pink678

    Snapdragons and Verbena - what to do now

    Ah that's so helpful JennyJB, thanks ever so much! I'm going to go out and do it now.
    Ah that's so helpful JennyJB, thanks ever so much! I'm going to go out and do it now.
    Ah that's so helpful JennyJB, thanks ever so much! I'm going to go out and do it now.
    Ah that's so helpful JennyJB, thanks ever so much! I'm going to go out and do it now.
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  33. Will Hay

    What plant is this and should I prune it back

    Anytime other than midwinter :)
    Anytime other than midwinter :)
    Anytime other than midwinter :)
    Anytime other than midwinter :)
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  34. LeadFarmer

    Cutting back Amelanchier tree?

    If you thin out about 1/3 of the oldest stems every few years (cut right back to the ground) then new stems will appear. That way you can keep it fresh. You can prune them back too - they are...
    If you thin out about 1/3 of the oldest stems every few years (cut right back to the ground) then new stems will appear. That way you can keep it fresh. You can prune them back too - they are tough shrubs.
    If you thin out about 1/3 of the oldest stems every few years (cut right back to the ground) then new stems will appear. That way you can keep it fresh. You can prune them back too - they are tough shrubs.
    If you thin out about 1/3 of the oldest stems every few years (cut right back to the ground) then new stems will appear. That way you can keep it fresh. You can prune them back too - they are...
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  35. Will Hay

    Is Compost enough or do I need topsoil too

    Yes I have access to the side of the wall that allows me to get to the rear of the flower bed up on the wall and the treat the fence, which is a chore!!! Gave that fence 4 coats of the new colour!...
    Yes I have access to the side of the wall that allows me to get to the rear of the flower bed up on the wall and the treat the fence, which is a chore!!! Gave that fence 4 coats of the new colour! The so called 5 year version and sure it is blistering with the sun!The Johnsons Blue is very...
    Yes I have access to the side of the wall that allows me to get to the rear of the flower bed up on the wall and the treat the fence, which is a chore!!! Gave that fence 4 coats of the new colour! The so called 5 year version and sure it is...
    Yes I have access to the side of the wall that allows me to get to the rear of the flower bed up on the wall and the treat the fence, which is a chore!!! Gave that fence 4 coats of the new colour!...
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  36. trogre

    Fuchsia leaves

    That worked for me too. I hacked it down to the ankles but never got around to digging it out. It came back perfectly healthy. The benefits of being an idle gardener. PS. Clean your secateurs...
    That worked for me too. I hacked it down to the ankles but never got around to digging it out. It came back perfectly healthy. The benefits of being an idle gardener. PS. Clean your secateurs before you touch another fuchsia or you'll spread it
    That worked for me too. I hacked it down to the ankles but never got around to digging it out. It came back perfectly healthy. The benefits of being an idle gardener. PS. Clean your secateurs before you touch another fuchsia or you'll spread it
    That worked for me too. I hacked it down to the ankles but never got around to digging it out. It came back perfectly healthy. The benefits of being an idle gardener. PS. Clean your secateurs...
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  37. InTheMoors

    Any ideas please

    I'd not thought of this and you might be right. We have three small water features in out garden and have always had a lot of frogs, who eat loads of slugs and snails. Thinking about it we...
    I'd not thought of this and you might be right. We have three small water features in out garden and have always had a lot of frogs, who eat loads of slugs and snails. Thinking about it we haven't seen many frogs this year, nor was there much frogspawn in the ponds.Time for a rethink on how...
    I'd not thought of this and you might be right. We have three small water features in out garden and have always had a lot of frogs, who eat loads of slugs and snails. Thinking about it we haven't seen many frogs this year, nor was there much...
    I'd not thought of this and you might be right. We have three small water features in out garden and have always had a lot of frogs, who eat loads of slugs and snails. Thinking about it we...
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  38. noisette47

    Orange or red-flowered climber suggestions

    Phew I won't need to move it then.
    Phew I won't need to move it then.
    Phew I won't need to move it then.
    Phew I won't need to move it then.
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  39. Cornsquashandy

    Butternut squash plants not growing

    My Water melons are growing and have been since I planted them out, I think there could be a bit more going on rather than just temperature TBH.I see water melon as fairly tender, possibly more...
    My Water melons are growing and have been since I planted them out, I think there could be a bit more going on rather than just temperature TBH.I see water melon as fairly tender, possibly more tender than squash? Its not been getting as low as 10 c overnight here though for any length of...
    My Water melons are growing and have been since I planted them out, I think there could be a bit more going on rather than just temperature TBH.I see water melon as fairly tender, possibly more tender than squash? Its not been getting as low as...
    My Water melons are growing and have been since I planted them out, I think there could be a bit more going on rather than just temperature TBH.I see water melon as fairly tender, possibly more...
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  40. RDB85

    Qualcast 35 Suffolk Punch

    I didn’t end up buying it. I’m possibly looking at something else.
    I didn’t end up buying it. I’m possibly looking at something else.
    I didn’t end up buying it. I’m possibly looking at something else.
    I didn’t end up buying it. I’m possibly looking at something else.
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  41. eddybaby

    I KNOW IT LOOKS A BIT LIKE PAUL THE OCTOPUS

    Yes I wondered if that might be the case hence why I was reluctant to snip them all off immediately. Thank you for the advice :spinning:
    Yes I wondered if that might be the case hence why I was reluctant to snip them all off immediately. Thank you for the advice :spinning:
    Yes I wondered if that might be the case hence why I was reluctant to snip them all off immediately. Thank you for the advice :spinning:
    Yes I wondered if that might be the case hence why I was reluctant to snip them all off immediately. Thank you for the advice :spinning:
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