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greenhouse plants.

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 19:29

Agree with the above.  What you can do next year is sow many seeds when they are naturally produced by plants, usually in late August.  They will germinate and grow a little, then slow down as the temperature and light levels drop.  Keeping them in the cold greenhouse will protect them from the worst of the winter and slugs etc. and give you a head start in the spring.  Good flower seeds for doing that with include aquilegia, aconitum, delphinium, hardy geranium, lupin, salvia & verbascum.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:10

Hi all, I've not managed to get out into the garden for over a week as I picked up a dose of flu (and proper flu, not 'man flu'!)   Feeling much better today (at last) and ready to go back to work only to see the forecast!

Just hope I don't end up with 'old moania' as we call it around here!


Posted: 28/11/2016 at 18:48

Graham, how old are the raspberry canes themselves?  The reason I ask is that viruses tend to build up in them over time which reduces their health and cropping potential so it might well be worth digging everything up, replenishing the soil and starting again with fresh stock.

PS: to answer your question, their is no weedkiller which is that selective and, personally I would never use weedkiller anywhere near and edible crop of any kind;  It's just not worth the risk as new unexpected side-effects of once-throught-safe pesticides and herbicides are being discovered all of the time.

Last edited: 28 November 2016 19:01:13

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 15:54
jeninkent says:


Citation, or this is pure armchair 'expertise.' And please don't tell me to 'Google it.'

See original post

 Certainly.  USGS:

Google is only useful if you are able to eliminate results based on 'armchair' science, of course.

Edit: Oops, just spteed Ob has already posted that one.  This one is from the British equiuvalent and is a peer-reviewed paper:

Last edited: 28 November 2016 16:02:18

Climate Change?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:46

The contribution of CO2 from volcanoes is less than 1% of that from humans burning fossil fuel.  This gives some perspective to the huge amount of damage we are causing, all by our little selves.

New pond

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 23:13

Don't despair, GD.  Others have had similar problems and have overcome them. Hopefully, you'll get some inspiration from these links:

up the garden parth

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 18:59

I can't remember what he called it, but search for 'self-binding gravel' and I'm sure you'll find the right stuff.

Cow manure

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 21:48

You can test it yourself using broad bean seeds, as described near the bottom of this page:

Last edited: 20 November 2016 21:50:02

First attempt at a leaf mould pen

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 17:47

Looking super, Ash!  I'm certain that you'll get some good stuff out of that.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 16:15

The weather wasn't as bad as expected so planted another 250 bulbs today, mainly species tulips.  Like Terry, I also found some bulbs which had been forgotten about!  Those looked in good nick so am hopeful that they will come up in spring.

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