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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:05

Scrunch up the sheets of newspaper and they will take air into the centre of the compost mix where it is needed.

Putting the worms from the compost bin into the borders is a bit of a waste; they do so much good work in the bin.

If you have a lot of grass cuttings, I believe they can speed up the process of making leaf mold.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:01


tree shaker tool survey need help

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:58

I've done the survey Betti, but I feel you are not asking the right questions;

Yes I would like a tool to help harvest fruit, but NOT one that shakes the tree as all the fruit would get bruised.

Well, I never knew that!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:55

From my magazine 'The Week'; The secrets of the butterfly's wings are being unravelled by scientists at the Natural History Museum. For all their colour, butterfly wings are actually transparent; their hues are the result not of pigments, which absorb some light, but of reflective nano-structures which split light into different colours. Professor Andrew Parker has managed to grow wing material ...from a blue morpho butterfly and is hoping to upscale the process to use commercially on materials.

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:45

'Captain Jan' by Jan de Hartog; it's about Dutch salvage crews, tough, brave people who are treated shabbily by their bosses. I re-read it every decade or so and still find myself hanging on to the dining room table as we are caught on a lee shore whilst towing a vast dry dock from  Holland to the East Indies.

Also 'The crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon, weird but fascinating. I find his other books pretty boring.

'A room of one's own' by Virginia Woolf. Every teenager should read it.

Wow, what a sunset!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 11:22

A lovely photo Tootles

Stored Spuds Sprouting

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:01

Around here you can buy a really big paper sack of potatoes for £5.00. I only grow some spuds in the summer for their flavour, not for serious storage.

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:58

The bonkers weather here in the Fens meant I was cutting back the yellow flowered Buddlea outside the fence and nearly got blown down the road.

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:44

Scissors! I have 2 pairs of garden scissors with orange handles, some days they both go missing...and then they both turn up, just as I'm considering buying some new ones.

Experienced Help for Career Guidance

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:40

...and I believe places like Cambridge Botanic Gardens do degrees, may be worth emailing them for details.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

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: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

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
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