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Plant name?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:10

The only thing is, they do not stop as the nice edging shown , they spread and spread and spread. They also seed around, but a good number of the seedlings are green, not black.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:36

Just a few today, lots of lost name Clematis.

http://s703.photobucket.com/user/Owdboggy/slideshow/July%202015

Geum sand Heuchera

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 09:17

Never bothered with Heuchera, but Geums, yes. Dig up the clumps, refresh the soil and replant. They should then grow away again. Give them a good watering first.and afterwards.

Apple Sooty Spot

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 21:15

The fruit is still edible, once it has been peeled, but obviously it does not store.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:49

This was posted by a Bee keeping acquaintance

Below from my beekeeping Society:

Breaking news: an hour ago, environment minister Liz Truss snuck out a last-minute decision to allow the use of bee-killing pesticides on UK fields.

It’s not good news, but thanks to enormous pressure from 38 Degrees members over the past few months, the approval is for a much smaller area than originally planned. By allowing the use of bee-killing pesticides, the government is going against it’s own experts and almost half a million 38 Degrees members.

Today’s been a big, surprising setback in our campaign to protect our bees. But we don’t have to stop here. We could talk to experts about whether we can appeal this decision. Or perhaps we should find out where the bee-killing pesticides are going to be used and launch local campaigns against them?

We make the best decisions when we work together. Can you help decide what we do now?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bees-what-next

The process around this decision was a total mess. The government gagged their own experts from speaking publicly - after they initially said no to letting bee-killing pesticides back on UK fields. And then ministers made the final decision behind closed doors on the last day before MPs go on holiday for six weeks.

The petition to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides has an incredible 473,000 signatures. And thousands of 38 Degrees members sent tweets, called and emailed the Defra ministers asking them to stand up for our bees.

Our pressure made a difference, the first application to use the toxic pesticides was rejected outright. Sadly the second one was approved, but for a much smaller area. So what should we do now?

Should we embarrass the government for making this dodgy decision by taking out adverts in newspapers? Or perhaps we should move on to other campaigns?

Please help us decide what to do next by taking this short survey:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bees-what-next


Thanks for everything you do,

Nat, Robin, Maddy, the whole 38 Degrees team and the bees


Farmers Guardian: NFU granted Autumn Emergency Use Neonicotinoid Derogation:
http://www.fginsight.com/news/nfu-granted-autumn-emergency-use-neonicotinoid-derogation-4968
Farmers Weekly: Neonicotinoid emergency use approved for 5% of OSR area:
http://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/neonicotinoid-emergency-use-approved-for-five-of-osr-area.htm
The Guardian: UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row:
http://www.theguardian.com/environm...rs-refusal-support-bee-harming-neonicotinoids
Parliament UK: House of Commons recess dates:
http://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-commons-faqs/business-faq-page/recess-dates/
38 Degrees Blog: Breaking news - Bees:

Can bramble push through mulch?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 17:35

Most definitely. It can push its way through weed suppressing membrane with 2 inches of gravel on top.

Soil conditioners

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 15:31

I was very fortunate many many years ago to be able to go on a 2 year Rural Studies course at Padgate College in Warrington (closed now I fear). We did a lot of gardening related stuff as well as rural type things (Bee keeping for one. "Oh no they don't sting" says the lecturer. "Ow" says I as my neck was attacked.).

Plus when I began 45 years ago my neighbour was a proper gardener and he passed on a long life time of observations, not just book learning.

This site is great for learning new things and keeping up to date too!

Soil conditioners

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 12:50

As I said at the beginning, carry on as you were. It is obviously working for you.

All that has been said in these posts, is really, that the more and varied organic material you can add, the better. Clay soil is already normally rich in nutrients, so all you need to do is to provide any plants with easy access to them.

The only other thing you may need to do is to buy a cheap soil testing kit. Adding organic material can have the effect of changing the pH of the soil.

Adding lime to a clay soil makes it flocculate, ie go lumpy. Sounds odd, but the lumps are tiny not great big clods.  Clay is made up of tiny, flat plate like pieces which slide over each other when wet and stick together when dry. The organic material and the lime get in between the 'plates' and hold them apart, so they hold more moisture and so do not stick together.

A very simplistic explanation of a quite complex chemical and physical processes. Best of luck with your gardening. Our old clay soil grew the most fantastic crops once it was properly set up.

Discussions started by Berghill

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Chlorotic leaves

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Health and Safety

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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Early Spring

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First Hellebore!

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Snowdrops have started

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