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Discount supermarkets

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:05

More good guys

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:03

Edd, what is the spy glass?

Discount supermarkets

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:00

I am astounded that B&Q treat their plants so badly; when I asked why they did not do better this was the reply; 'the girl who looks after the plants only comes in 2 or3 days a week' So I get to buy big plants for 50p when they think they are dying - but all they need is some water

More good guys

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:55

I have tried for the last half hour to access Verdun's thread about the 'good guys' but the search thingy just does not do it So here is an annexe of the good guys; RHS plants, ordered 2 or 3 working days ago, delivered this a.m. in the most PERFECT packaging possible; all cardboard and eco. I thought I was getting a 9cm pot, it was 13cm, 22cm high with 5 blooms (it was Miss Wilmotts Ghost) Very pleased. Only cavil: in the mini catalogue they sent they listed a double Delphinium that is so weird, it looks like some plastic replica flower.

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:37

OMG; will I have to be God mother to 3 or 4 baby robins? Will they need silver champagne whisks or will a Peter Rabbit porcelain bowl do for the christening? One wants to get these things right

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:27

Sorry, even blown up it registers nothing I won't try again in case it disturbs them.

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:26

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51294.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 Sorry it is such a bad pic, I was standing some distance away and using a zoom (god I hate these f....g digital cameras!!!!) with my old PROPER camera with FILM I could have taken a half way decent shot of this.  It is a photo of the baby robins, taken so quickly so they would not be disturbed.

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:29

The robin's eggs have hatched; hurrah

What do you do with garlic?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:26

I'm still using garlic from last year; I tie it with string (you can plait the soft neck varieties) and hang it up in the kitchen

Composting leaves

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 17:08

The oak leaves will take a long time to break down in a compost bin; why not make a leafmould system either as Dove suggests above, or a circle of chicken netting with a netting lid, so they get ventilation and then either add to your compost bin after 1 year or leave for 2 years for leaf mould, which is v. useful for sowing seeds.

I have just taken part in the Compost Master Event at the Royal Norfolk Show. What we call A Wormery is a layered container with Tiger or Brandling worms, the same ones that fishermen buy and it is used for non meat and fish, raw and cooked kitchen waste and a small amount of garden waste. The worm casts fall into the tray below the top and a liquid falls into the bottom tray which usually has a tap; dilute this 10/1 with water and you have a brilliant plant food.

What we call composting is done in a large container; wood/plastic without layers, there is no need to add worms - they just arrive as part of the process. It takes no meat and fish and only uncooked kitchen waste and lots of garden waste.

A hot bin (£159 approx) is a fairly new product with thick polystyrene walls and can achieve 60 c within about 36 hours. Wood chips have to be added to it. As it gets to such high temperatures you can put meat and fish waste in there; it makes compost in 30-90 days. Simples

Discussions started by artjak

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: Yesterday 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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Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 03:25

bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 18:50

What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 22:32

Cuttings

Advice needed on propagation 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:54

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 20:12

Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1200
Last Post: 21/07/2014 at 11:31

Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Last Post: 06/05/2014 at 17:17

Watercress

Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 14:57

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 20:42

Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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Last Post: 27/03/2014 at 20:57
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