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budding gardeners! Here’s your chance to get some of those burning gardening questions answered by a bona fide gardening guru - gardener Geoff Stonebanks.
a great way for people living with cancer to gently increase their levels of
physical activity, bringing a whole host of health
benefits. It can
even reduce stress and anxiety and help boost
Gardens Scheme (NGS) are hosting their first ever National Gardens Festival
Weekend on 15 and16 June. More than 800 gardens will be opening their
gates to raise vital funds for Macmillan and other charities, so now is the perfect time to get your gardening
So, if you’ve
got green fingers (or would like to try and develop them), please join Geoff
for a live webchat on Thursday 13 June from 12-1pm. To take part and ask Geoff your
question, simply join
us in the chatroom
during this time slot.
Or, if you
can’t make it, post your question in the comments below, and I’ll ask it
for you. I’ll publish all the questions and answers here on the Community News
Blog after the chat.
has been a dedicated supporter of the NGS for the last three years and is currently an Assistant County Organiser for them as well as their Publicity Officer in Sussex. He is a very
experienced amateur gardener, and his garden, Driftwood, has won two National prizes and
several local awards
He is also an
enthusiastic fundraiser for Macmillan and has raised over £6,000 for Macmillan
through garden-related activities. He has recently
organised the second Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail, which will feature
21 gardens along the coast from Brighton to
Eastbourne on 3 and 4 August.
The NGS opens
more than 3,800 private gardens annually in England and Wales for charity and
has given Macmillan £14,200,000 since 1985, making it our largest single donor.
NGS is supporting Macmillan’s Move
More campaign by
highlighting of the benefits of physical activity for people living with
National Gardens Festival aims to raise £500,000 for Macmillan and other charities, and is the biggest charity gardening opening weekend of
its kind. To find out more about the National Gardens Festival Weekend, and to
find where your local NGS garden is, please go to www.ngs.org.uk .
My question relates to my radish crop. How do you know when they're ready to eat without pulling 'em all up? The seed packet said ready in 4 weeks, but here's my 4 week radish:
Hi Laura! MMM sorry not my area of expertise! Don't grow and veg other than a few tomatoes, plot not really big enough and I have to say they don't do it for me, I like a plot crammed with colour and flowers and no gaps! Sorry can't help, see if this helps! www.allotment.org.uk/vegetable/radish/index.php
I adore dahlias but I've had to stop growing them even in pots because of - earwigs! Not that I'm scared of them, but they eat dahlias. :) Why is it that I rarely see an earwig until a dahlia appears, and then I get an army of the creatures? Is there some hidden scent that only they can detect?
Best wishes for your brilliant fundraising, & happy gardening,
Thanks for the good wishes! Try this just takne from RHS web site
Thanks for the tip Geoff, in the end it turned out that the answer to my question was patience! Here are my first 4 full-sized radishes, pulled up last night:
Fabulous Laura! Enjoy!!!
Many many thanks to all those who joined the session earlier today and asked some great questions, sorry there were some that were not in my area of knowledge but hope I Gave you some pointers! You can follow my garden on facebook and twitter all through it's web site www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk
Lots of macmillan related events in the garden this summer!
Hello there. I would like to add my success with radishes grown in small pots in a tiny greenhouse in a patio garden last year and the year before! ( Haven't done much gardening this yr yet as I am not allowed to lift too much after major siurgery...BOOOOO!) But but but I can tell those on the med the best variety are called FRENCH BREAKFAST, huge , crunchy, and so nice and hot like radishes we ate as children, prior to mass production supermarket sized varieties!
Get a pot approx. 9 inches deep and approx 6 inches diametre, fill it with fresh compost almost to the brim, pop in approx 2 dozen radish seeds, cover with more compost, water sparingly or according to dryness of compost.
Check approx every 2-3 days more if pot's are terracotta, for water.
One only has to rub across the top of the plant to see how large they grow, and another good tip is that as they do grow just top up the compost about them rather than resow, and in approx 5-6 wks you will enjoy the most delicious monsters you ever witnessed. Good Luck, Sue Jackett, itching to get back to Mother nature!
P.S, same method of actual planting can be applied to other small salad items, like lettuce; cucumbers; pack choi; cress etc.
Ooh thanks for the tips! I'm not even sure what variety I've planted (am a total rookie at this) but your advice sounds both sensible and, even more important, based on long experience and tasty successes!
Very much hope it's not too long before you can begin putting your skills back to good use :)
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