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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Roses growing through Hazle mounds at Chelsea

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:56

Splendid idea, shall try that with my next lot of hazel prunungs - the contorted on should make a fun support or two. 

can anyone recommend a pH meter + acidifcation method

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:54

There is a very simple stick in the ground meter to measure aidity - accurate enough for most general purposes.  I grow bluberries in the ground, but top dress with ericaceous compost and water with a good seaweed and iron mixture during the summer.  So far they have done very well and given lots of delicious fruit. 

Talkback: Scented plants and memory

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:51
I also love Lady Plymouth, for me she is one of the best. It is quite fascinating to rub a pelargonium leaf and not know quite what you will get! They were all labelled, but we are blessed with blackbirds, who seem to really enjoy removing labels, no matter what type I use. Some of the scented pelargoniums are just as beautiful, in their quieter way, as any of the showy hybrids we know and love. Scent is such a special thing, often used to help people regain their memories or to stimulate in dementia.

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:45

you are so right, then when the little birds drop stuff, as they always do, they pick up the bits - which I wouldn't mind - then destroy anything around for a meter or so - as you say Alina, grrrrrr

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 11:02

Another glorious but not too hot morning so far.  WE have been told on the forecasts that we were to have rain yesterday, today and tomorrow, but so far it has not materialised - good!    Still getting the last of the summer planting out, today it is peas which are well late going into their places - long may the sun shine.

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 10:59

For years I have waged a losing war with wood pigeons.  They are dirty flying rats, and yesterday they just about finished off any patience I might have had with them!!  I had set some hanging baskets out to finally harden off before hanging them.  Wood pigeons sat in the middle and proceeded to strip out the entire centre of the planting!! To say that I was angry is probaby the understatment of the year so far.  I hate and destest squirrels too, but at least they have the grace to look quite pretty and  are intelligent so fighting them seems more like a game.  Pigeons however are ugly, destructive and stupid.  Anyone got any way of dicouraging them, which won't discourage the little birds that we so enjoy? 

Lets be honest here, I really just felt like having a rant .............

Gardeners told 'wash off compost'

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 19:00

.... indeed it was, and probably always will be as long as there are new gardeners coming along.  Bit like the 'can you eat the tomatoes you get on the potato plants' question, but still, better to ask about it than get sick I think. 

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:40

The idea of dropping them in a jar and killing them en masse is a good one - how do you stop the ones already in there getting away`? They do fly quite well, being beetles.  Not sure I could leave them to cook in a hot jar, but a quick drown should do it too. Still carrying the tea strainer ...............

shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:36

I don't know - I have never eaten it, but do make a tea with the green one, good for post gardening aches and pains.  It was called Bishops Wort - they were the only people who were wealthy enough to get gout from rich eating it was thought. 

Ladys Mantel

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:34

Now that is more like it, if you have to pay for it - good for you.

Discussions started by Bookertoo

squirrels and their cleverness

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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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out of season plants

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bird feeders

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Hazel nut queries

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Flippin' pigeons

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