BobTheGardener


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Woodlice

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 13:28

There are, apparently, about 40 species of woodlice in the UK so some are probably more damaging to soft vegetation than others:


www.nnns.org.uk/sites/nnns.org.uk/files/imce/user11/speciesguides/Woodlice.pdf


I remember that it was mentioned in a TV program that they were once used as food (supposed to taste like shrimp) so did a quick google and found this:


http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/practical-guides/cooking-and-eating-woodlice-pillbugs-a-real-bushcraft-experience/


Yummy?


It's one way of dealing with them though!

Purpose built growing/display shed

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:50

Callas need lots of water too, so I think Fairygirl may be on the money.

fox poo?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:47

Fox poo is usually the stinkiest one you'll find in the garden so it may be something else.  Given the digging, could it be a badger?  Foxes dig to bury food, but badgers go after leatherjackets, other grubs and worms in our lawns.

Cyclamen - going up or coming down?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:41

Agree with HC, looks like the indoor type (C. persicum) which can be used as bedding but aren't frost hardy.  However, the seeds are indeed viable and can be sown in a pot or seed tray (press them into the surface and cover with a thin layer of grit, keep damp although they may take weeks to germinate.)  They make great houseplants and the perfume from one plant can fill a room.

Last edited: 27 September 2016 11:42:23

So.....resurrected!

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 23:06

Drop dead gorgeous!

6" of top soil?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 19:02

No need for subsoil at all Dan.  6" of topsoil will be ideal.

Small clear balls, are they eggs?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 18:39

Yep, snails or slugs.  They can be clear or white but nearly always laid in clusters.  Good fish food if you have a pond, otherwise put them somewhere exposed for the birds, squish or black bin.

Cyclamens

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:59

The scented colourful ones with large flowers (3+cm) you often see in GCs are C. persicum and are not hardy but do make fantastic houseplants (they are also easy from seed.)  They common hardy ones (C. coum and C. hederifolium) have small flowers (1-2cm) and only in pink and white.  There are some other hardy species - lots of all different types here:


https://www.ashwoodnurseries.com/shop/plants/cyclamen.html

Cyclamens

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 16:13

Aym, you're getting mixed up with corm (a kind of root) and Coum, which is a particular species of cyclamen which flowers in early spring.


All cyclamen have corms, even tiny seedlings - if the ones you bought don't, they are not cyclamen!

Is it normal

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 14:17

What are the cuttings taken from?  Normally, you should remove at least half of the leaves from cuttings and I usually leave just two or three to keep it alive while the roots form.  Plants lose most of their water through the leaves (called transpiration) and without roots to bring in more water, cuttings will die.See here:


http://www.just4growers.com/stream/propagation/how-to-take-a-cutting.aspx


The example plant is a tomato but the same applies to anything with leaves.

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