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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:05

Have just ordered 2 types of Sweet Peas from Eagle; very cheap postage and packing

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:55

...also in my experience as a Compost Master (no sniggering at the back there!) when we do Compost Events, 99% of the people who say they get rats sometimes in the compost, keep chickens, so it is largely the chickens that attract them.

Tootles, the fact that you have loads of little wriggly critters in your compost just shows how good you are at making it

I have always been freaked out by spiders but can now cope with them up to medium size and as a child (well till I was about 40) I couldn't cope with wriggly things either, but as a gardener it became tiring to shriek everytime I saw an earthworm

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:05

Green house heating

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:44

You could also have domestic heating oil a small boiler and 3 rads, one in each area with thermostats on each one with different settings.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:34

David, I have the hinged type of root trainers and simply place it in a gravel tray and water from the base

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:24

...but apparently in France more people die from wasp stings than 'viper' bites. Snakes in our part of the world are pretty shy creatures and we were always advised when hiking in the Pyranees to take a stick and bash the rocks as we approached them to warn the snakes away. The same trick applies if you are anxious about rats/mice in compost area; bash the container with a stick each time you pass it and the vermin will soon move to your neighbours bin

Green house heating

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:36

I simply have an electric frostbuster which kicks in at about 6 or 7 centigrade.

Paraffin is pricey these days unless you have 500 litres delivered! It also smells pretty vile.

Flooded gardens campaign

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:29

Thank you Lesley and Daniel Haynes for sending me copies The article said that 100 plants had arrived; well I took 12 crates I think which were way more than 100 and everyone else sent 100's Perhaps the writer misunderstood

Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:26

Good luck with it David Let us know how it goes.

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:25

Nut, yes very near but not part of the Hotel(?) I think as it is run by volunteers. You could come to me first and I will drive us there.

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 09:59

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54

Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 10:16

More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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