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Dahlia Tuber

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 23:18

Dahlias are one of the most promiscuous of cross-pollinators and you never really know what you will get from seed saved from ones grown in your garden.  The clue is probably in the name: "variabilis"!   There are literally thousands of scientific papers on the subject of their genetics.

Best thing to do is to sow lots then wait for them to flower and remove those you don't like.  If you get one or two you really like and want to multiply, then lift the tubers over winter, start them off in a deep tray the next spring and keep cutting and propagating the new shoots, all of which will grow into identical plants to the 'mother' tuber.

wine

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 18:58

I know you said not a book, but if you have one penny to spare, look on amazon uk for "The Boots Book of Home Wine Making and Brewing" and read the reviews.

Mulch question

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 18:46

Ivyhouse, it always much better to compost shreddings before using as a mulch because uncomposted material will take nitrogen from the soil as it decomposes.  You could always add extra nitrate by use of fertilizers to replace it though.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:23

Bee, I think no-one can call anything 'champagne' any more unless it's from that area of France.  "Sparkling gooseberry wine" finds a supplier via google - now sold out but making more soon!  

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:04

£2.99 delivery for that 25kg I mentioned via amazon, Verd.

composting

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:44

That's the internet for you Dove!   

chilli peppers

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:42

When this country used to have a lot of engineers, fb, it was always the norm to do that.

If anyone wants a laugh, google "veet funny stories" (veet is a hair removal cream) - WARNING: DO NOT DO THAT IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY COURSE LANGUAGE!

composting

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:23

Well, the iron sulphate won't harm anything but I'd be a bit wary of any spores from fruiting bodies within the dead moss causing moss to grow where it is used as a mulch.  Personally, I'd have no qualms about adding it to a compost heap though, where the bacteria and worms will 'eat' any spores.  Then use the compost as a mulch.

Edit: I didn't see Dove's post until after posting my reply and am a bit perplexed why that site says not to put it on the compost heap.  While I'd not put rakings on after using feed & weed,  FeSO4 is pretty harmless.  I'll do a bit of research.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:55

I used to make gooseberry wine and g. champagne.  Definitely my favourite fruit for home made wine.  Once you have made 'ordinary' gooseberry wine, you simply add a little extra sugar and yeast to the wine and bottle it.  I used to keep old sparkling wine bottles for that as they have the extra strength required and you need to add wire ties to stop the corks popping.  The bottle are then stored cork-down during the secondary fermentation so that the sediment collects next to the cork and is blown out when you open it.  I've been teetotal for many years now but it is tempting to make some of that again for special occasions!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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Sparrows!

The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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why-all-the-hyphens-in-post-titles

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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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