ChapelGirl2


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home made plant supports

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 22:06

Steve, I think you'd need to use a plumber's pipe-bending spring to stop a copper pipe from folding when you bend it.

What is it please

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 22:45

Myrtle, a plant native to the Mediterranean, is cultivated primarily in Europe and is most commonly found in recipes from European cultures. It lends a slight bitterness and a citrus note to dishes and is perfect when paired with bacon or veal.  In the past, it was used commonly as a wrapping or stuffing for clay-baked or pit-roasted meats and it imparts an interesting flavour. Like many other aromatic leaves (bay, eucalyptus, allspice leaves, rosemary or thyme), myrtle branches (or even dried myrtle leaves) thrown on the hot coals of a barbecue impart a very interesting flavour to barbecued meats. Myrtle leaves also make an useful addition to the wood used in smokers.

Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 22:31

I have to agree with sotongeoff.  I am trying my best to be organic and have spent a lot of time hand-weeding our garden.  I have hand dug, sieved, applied cardboard mulch, you name it.

A local landscape gardener who is organic-friendly said that in his opinion there is NO alterative to spraying off the weeds on our gravel drive and under the fences etc. twice a year with glyphosphate.  Having spent a year NOT doing that, I'm afraid to say i have to agree with him.

As regards lawn weeds, I recently bought one of those Fiskears gizmos for pulling out plantains, dandelions etc. and they seem to work quite well, but you will end up with a few holes which you might have to fill in.

What is it please

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 22:21

I think it might be a myrtle bush.  It has shiny evergreen leaves which have a scent which I'd describe as a cross between bay leaves and caramel (just my opinion).  It has fluffy white flowers, followed by blue-black edible berries. The oil from the leaves is supposed to be good for sinus complaints.

Frugal gardening techniques

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 22:05

I haven't tried vinegar as a weedkiller but I doubt it is THAT effective or there simply wouldn't be a market for Roundup etc.  I am trying to be organic and have spent very many hours hand-weeding, but a local organic-friendly landscape gardener told me that if I wanted to weed my boundary fence and gravel drive there was simply no option but to spray them twice a year with glyphosate weedkiller.  

I have a gas canister weed flame wand.  This is definitely NOT a cheap option, but doesn't involve chemical sprays.  It works, but during hot weather if you are weeding around heathers, grasses etc. you can end up setting a fire which is difficult to control.  If you use one of those burners in dry conditions be sure to keep a hosepipe or several buckets of water handy!

Talkback: How to take lavender cuttings

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 21:51

I have grown quite a few lavender plants from seed this year.  I followed a propagation tip I read, which was to put the seeds onto a piece of wetted kitchen paper in a container (I used a small square plastic box from Lakeland but anything would do) and put them in a cold (almost freezing but not quite) part of your fridge for at least 2 weeks, checking to make sure they remain moist.  We have a second fridge in our cellar which is only opened about once a day, so this wasn't a problem.  After the chilling period you sow the seeds in a tray of compost as normal.  We had very good results from lavenders Munstead & Hidcote, but Elegance Sky had a lower germination rate and the seedlings seemed more susceptible to dieback etc.  I still haven't mastered the propagation from cuttings method, but I daresay I shall keep persevering.

I-Spy Carol Klein

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 22:27

Mine too.  She wasn't parlaying anything.  She was just smiling out from behind a wooden box full of pots of strawberry plants.  She was wearing a blue cambric shirt, so that probably appealed to the French magazine people as it reminded them of the blue overalls that everybody wears here for gardening etc.

what can i use instead of plastic pots

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 22:24

Hollie- Hock I have found that if you stab a hole in a plastic pot quite often it will crack across the base.  That might not matter, but if you want to preserve its strength and stability it's better to melt a hole.

Creating a Hedgerow

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 21:48

The common elder in the UK is a low-growing shrub or small tree with stiff deeply-furrowed green or brownish-grey trunk and branches.  The younger branches are green with whiteish blotches.  In spring it produces big mops of creamy-white flower heads which are sweet and fragrant when young but as they fade they develop a distinctive cat-pee smell.  http:elder flower

The flowers are followed by bunches of small purple-black berries which are very bitter to the taste (more accurately, like alum, they make the mouth pucker and go dry) but which are rich in vitamin C and can be made into a very palatable syrup, jam or wine, if stripped from the stems with a fork.

http://elder berry

 

Creating a Hedgerow

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 21:25

"We had a huge overgrown elder and as it was only flowering and fruiting high up, we cut it right back hard."  Elders are relatively short-lived, I think.  If yours was quite big it is possible it was nearing the end of its useful life.  You first posted back in June.  Has it recovered yet?  If not, I fear it may be a gonner.  Although they provide flowers and berries for insects and birds (and humans too - eldeflower cordial is delicious!) there are many other things you could replace it with which will provide good hedgerow cover. Elder tends to get very leggy and sparse and the branches are quite brittle, so it's not very good in a mixed hedgerow.

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