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Posted: 16/04/2013 at 20:41

Matty, why not feed when the flowers open?

Aaargh! the design of seed packets!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 20:39

Good idea!

The very best variegated herbaceous n perennial plants....and do you like em?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 20:37

I have a variagated Philodelphus which is lovely. I have a neighbour who thinks it is cruel to propagate variagated forms as it is a sickness of some kind. But then wonderful wood like burr walnut; isn't that some kind of sickness?

Aaargh! the design of seed packets!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 20:32

Thank you all for being so understanding. I like Swiss Sue's idea, but I wonder about condensation - we live in a pretty humid country.

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:08

My mother always used boiling water, but not on the earth as that would kill a lot of other organisms, but on concrete or terrace/ patio.

Aaargh! the design of seed packets!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:03

Have just come in from intensive planting in the veg bed to find all the rest of the beetroot seeds are floating around in the pocket of my apron along with bits of wire and other detritus. Why does every large seed company insist on these silly packets? If you cut off the top, you lose half the instructions. So I open them at the side, not knowing if the seeds are loose or in a little foil packet. Since I don't carry a supply of paper clips around the garden, even folding over the packet is not going to work, these pesky seeds are going to find there way out.

The small seed companies often put the seeds in a tiny plastic bag that can be re-sealed, Hurrah. But then the instructions have to come on a separate piece of paper I would have thought that at this stage in mankinds grasp of the material world some brainiac could have figured out a better solution.


Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:47

Terrible news from U.S. about the explosions, children killed too. And I had been worried about the Sparrow Hawk taking 'my' Goldfinches whilst having the morning cuppa. Yes, Verdun; pure evil in a world that really wants peace just about sums it up.

Dove, I smelt that cake all the way over on another thread. My rhubarb is growing nicely, Hurrah! so will need that recipe please?

Removing block paving and laying Turf

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:39

I have a feeling that 'scalpings' come from when a road is being re-surfaced; they scrape off a layer of Tarmac first and this is the scalping. Though I may be wrong.

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:35

I like Bob the Gardener's solution; I have a bit of bindweed that comes under the concrete gravel board from the field behind. It then searches for holes in the membrane under the gravel of my drive, where I have cut holes to plant hollyhocks etc. I have to admire its' perseverance. But I like the sneakyness of putting in a stick to trick the bindweed

Perennial weeds

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:25

Annual weeds or perennials that have not flowered i.e. no seeds on them, go into the dalek bins. Other weeds go into big sacks, fastened with clothes pegs to keep the rain out, and get taken to the dump when I have a car full (about 10 sacks) Couch grass always to the dump as it can grow quite happily in the darkness of a compost bin.

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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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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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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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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