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Any ideas of this plants Id...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 17:46

Had to dig up a peony in a friends garden to get rid of ground elder entangled in the roots; seems to be surviving. Don't know about chopping it in half. Peonys can be bought in most garden centres and nurserys

school garden

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:59

Dove, I never knew privet was toxic; I spent several happy months when I was about 5 eating the bright green shoots from privet hedges, but then I also used to eat wax crayons in the days BEFORE they were non-toxic.

Missing Spring Fun

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:54

Gardening is not really a spectator sport, but if you have the time, as wise Verdun says, enjoy what you have created and do the maintenance. In even the best kept garden there is always a little 'housework' to be done; I find I don't notice the black buckets and bamboos lying around and the odd weed that has been pulled up and left to languish on the gravel, until I sit down with a cup of tea to relax.

Runner bean problem please help

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:49

I've had yellowing on quite a few veg plants this spring and I think it is the cold. Some small tomato plants that I was hardening off have had to go back into the greenhouse.

coffee grounds yea or nay?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:47

I have heard that they make compost slightly more acidic, since my soil is pretty alkali I think they are a good idea. Coffee chains like Starbucks sometimes give away big packets of used grounds. But I would add large amounts to the compost bin gradually since I don't know what effect they have on the worms and other tiny creatures in the bin.


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:39

Good morning everyone, chilly here, today I will tidy up the garden, load the car with display stuff and go and do my 'compost master' thing at a local flower festival in a churchyard. Back home, unload car, including wormery which I get to look after for 3 weeks. The wormery is great fun, seeing what they like to eat; they love the pulp from the juicer, but they can only have a bit otherwise they get overfed apparently. If I had grandchildren it would be worth getting one as they are easy to look after pets and they get kids to understand the cycle of growth, decay, growth again. Hoping it will rain in the next few days as have had to use the hose on the garden. Have a great weekend

help.. plug plants

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:26

darren, where is Tonbridge and Malling where you live? That would give us some idea of the weather there.

Whats moving our bird seed feeder?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:24

The local squirrel goes after the sunflower kernals and ate it's way through the dark green plastic around the feeding hole. I have had to get a feeder with metal.

Choisya looks ill

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:16

It could be dog pee? Did the previous owners have a dog? Try watering it and a half strength general feed. Is there anything growing up through it that could be strangling it?

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:13

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Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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