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STREPTOCARPUS

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:47

I keep mine in the cool greenhouse overwinter.  Don't forget that you can make lots of new plants with the big leaves, each leaf cut across into slices, and planted in gritty compost (the right way up, I lost alot doing them the wrong way!), will give you new plants to either keep or give away, all for free. 

housework using plants

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:44

It's so lovely to see you using the spelling of Rosemarie for the beautifully scented herb, usually spelled Rosemary - I like it as it is my name and the way I spell it.  I agree with you regarding cleaning agents, the use of herbs not only smells good, but many of them are as you say, disinfectant and antimicrobial.  Rosemarie is one as is mint, especially the deeper green ones such as black perppermint.  Of course pine needles are good too, which is why so many 'disinfectants' are artificially perfumed with it.  A long soak of the needles, strain the fluid and use for floors, surfaces etc., and bathrooms benefit from it too.  If people do not wish to use fresh herbs, or do not have access to them,  maybe at least use decently sourced, earth friendly cleaning items  without all the articial stuff in them - saving  some of  what is left of the planet. 

Autumn Colour

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 13:13

I haven't got a picture at present, but my ginko is the most glorious shade of deep butter yellow, as it is every year at ths time.  Clear colour, no spotting, just stunningly good. 

Restricting growth........

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 13:11

If this is potted, or could be, then a root restricting bag might be an answer?  I don't know if you can use them in the ground, I imagine the roots would just escape and you'd have a big tree anyway.  Why not get a tree suitable for the site?  If you must have it and don't already, then a good clay pot and the aforementioned root restriction bag might do the trick.

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 00:04

Figrat, no I don't mind you asking at all - tempis has fugited qute a while now, and some of the bones and joints just don't do as they used to do - they call it arthritis, I call it a b******  nuisance, but there we are - it still all works after a fashion, just a rather odd fashion, but so far we still get compost - and I still garden!

Daniel Haynes, help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:36

Daniel, thanks for your post - it's a problem only when we don't know quite how to deal with it.  There are always one or two voices who speak out of turn - there are lots of very serious forums (fora??) on the web - maybe they would enjoy those more.  Love the chat here, and that so many of the posters came from the old BBC site which closed, and were accepted and joined in with the people already here.  We all need information and help, and sometimes it is nice to be able to offer some as well  --  or even just to moan about squirrels and pigeons. 

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:30

Not essential maybe, but if you use it for seed sowing or for other little things, big bits make life difficult for the baby roots - plus, it just doesn't look pretty - which is not a consideration for some folk, and is for others.  I sling the big bits back in the bin as well - when we started it took so long for the bins to be productive I thought someone in China must have my compost - but now it produces well.  Cannot turn and mix unfortuanately, but it does get there in the end anyway. 

GROWING BULBS IN POTS FOR PLANTING OUT IN SPRING

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:23

If you don't happen to have chicken wire to cover your pots of bulbs against squirrels etc, the prunings from berberis, pyracantha, holly etc. or anything esle prickly,  tucked across and around the pots does well too. Once the bulbs are through in the spring the twigs can be taken off and composted in the usual way.  Find this works pretty well. 

Climbing Ivy

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:15

... or even mile or two - might teach me to check before posting - or not!

New home - Blank plot

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:15

Leave it well alone for a while, to find out where the sun shines, where the water lies, where the shade is.  Test the soil for its acidity levels, put in a few bulbs to cheer you in the Spring.  Sit down with books, paper, neighbours, library books, the internet and decide over the winter what you really, really want.  Get any hard landscaping you want done in the winter, keep the bulbs weeded and look forward to them. If the area has been gardened before it is even more important to wait a season or two to see what treasures, if any, there are - you don't want to grub out the one plant you have wanted for years and never knew was there.  Addd a few tulip bulbs to the patch you've already done.  You don't have to do it all at once, much more fun and pleasure to be got by doing things slowly by slowly, hopefully you have a long time there to get it as you want it - in time.  Meantime, enjoy the planning, look at gardens in the area and see what they have doing well - still possible at this time of year.  Don't panic, it will still be there next Spring.  Do not rotovate, it spreads weeds over a huge area - lost an allotment like that!!

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