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Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:04

hi my mum posted me an old irish gardening book full  of interesting stuff and recommendations.

very heavy on chemicals i thought 

for turnips a dusting of ddt is recommended, along with formaldehyde for sterilizing soil, some others include :-

mortegg lime sulphur sequestrene derris captan malathion aldrin lindex karathane , sodium chlorate.    

Are any of these legal these days ?

I did find out though , the murphy gardening book was made by the murphy chemical company ltd. So perhaps that was the reason behind the enthusiastic use of pesticides...

Need help to identify these plants

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 13:48

don't know what the first is but its probably pot bound  a bigger pot or planting it should help it out. most plants like their roots to be spread out rather than potting on as a big lump. best to find out how to sort the roots once its identified 



Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:48

splinters i think its sodium bicarb that draws them out over a few days, might be wrong I've never tried it myself something i read the other week.


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:50

feeling kinda crippled after planting out a couple of conifers were i planted them the bed is a few inches of top soil then had to break through a layer of concrete before shifting mostly rocks for the next couple of feet.

on the positive side it is otherwise a perfect location as it marks off the divide between my messy anything goes garden and my landlords formal buxus thule  (?) and clipped lawns.

 think i need an oil can for my joints ...


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:30

useful my websites check out ok



Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:46

hi had a productive day today, was gifted a number of perennial shrubs amongst other items i'm a bit worried about spacing some say 5ft by 5ft in 10 years so do i really need to space that far apart?  One thing i got was some newzealand flax bronze its only a foot high with a solid 3 litres + of root. very pot bound any idea on spacing needed for that ?



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:51

it was an aldi special but there are other similar tools. the grass edging tool is particularly good between the plants, of course the battery is flat now so have to recharge it.



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:54

I've got better trimmers for that job fairygirl but you'll have to come over to ireland if you want me to do the job



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:33

just bought a new toy

 It's quite handy as its quite controllable I'm using it on little patches of grass that are too fiddly for a mower or a strimmer and too tedious to cut with clippers its like shaving and being battery powered it can go anywhere. reckons it will last 30 minutes on a charge and only cost about €25 or £20 roughly. not sure which blade i like best on it the hedge trimmer one feels like pulling a brush through slightly tangled hair while the other is fairly surgical. fun thou


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:55

sunny but windy verdun i'm half tempted to plant mint seedlings along the edge as my herb box has loads trying to take over


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