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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 13:08

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

When you can dig a 2' x 1' trench eight inches deep through the dead privet on which the honey-coloured mushrooms have appeared, cut through two trunk underground, lift them both out, peel back the bark and find no bootlaces in them or in the soil you removed.

'sokay. 'sonly about 50kg of soil.

At least I don't have to dig out and burn a dozen trees (10 privet that died of being 20' tall and 6" apart, 1 little apple tree that's looking fine and 1 stonking huge great 30' pine tree).

So, pretty golden mushrooms. Yay.

 

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 12:57

My bulbs are either convinced it's their last chance to flower ever and they'd better get on with it or confident winter is not coming at all. Some of them're already up and standing 7" proud of the soil, and the lilies are still green from this year.

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 17:32
Even if all you've got is a few pairs of jeans and a few t-shirts, someone'll steal 'em. In Liberia, it's the underpaid police. Want them to record a crime? Buy 'em a pencil and notepad when you report it.

As for the catapult and darts, I think getting this factory to do a custom order filled with OIL paint would work better.

"Can you describe the thief?"

"He's got paint splats in his t-shirt over little circular bruises in his skin around the right kidney."

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 17:31

Even if all you've got is a few pairs of jeans and a few t-shirts, someone'll steal 'em. In Liberia, it's the underpaid police. Want them to record a crime? Buy 'em a pencil and notepad when you report it.

As for the catapult and darts, I think getting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gneZc_hafDEthis factory to do a custom order filled with OIL paint would work better.

"Can you describe the thief?"

"He's got paint splats in his t-shirt over little circular bruises in his skin around the right kidney."

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:19

Barbed wire under the rim of the pot might make quite an impression. You can prevent  gleaming and it giving its presence away by covering it with half an inch of dirty old axle grease.

If you really want to be rude to the intruder, you could try berberis. That stuff's an ASBO in itself. Make sure the ground's really uneven around it so the git falls in. If you leave the spare Bob War*ahem* barbed wire with it, he'll get tangled in both. Then you just need to make sure he can't sue.

Talkback: Garden spiders

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 17:48

Skye, around 1991. School holidays, so, of course, midge season. I already liked spiders.

That big yellow-bummed one eats cockroaches, so if you don't like cockroaches she'd be a good friend to have in your garden. I wouldn't want her crawling on the monitor screen while I'm playing a video game, though.

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 17:36

I just took a look at that article Blisters linked and nearly lost my cup of tea when I saw "2,4-D" in it.

The words that brings to mind for me are "dioxin," "agent" and "orange," and if you don't know what that stuff does ... well, don't check out https://www.google.com/images?q=agent+orange+children on a full stomach.

Fortunately, my local garden centre's one brand of peat-free compost (Erin Eco) appears to be doing just fine for sprouting bulbs and germinating seeds and has nothing chunkier in it than an occasional soft bit of twig. I got mushrooms once, but they could have got into the top layer some other way. We have them in the lawn, after all.

As for sterilising it, yes, I'm afraid the oven is what I meant. Gas mark 4's up there at 180 centigrade, though, and I think that's unnecessary. Not a lot survives 90. 110 will dry it out. If you don't want to smell up the kitchen with terra demicotta, I suppose you could use a bonfire or barbecue ... or haul an electric oven out into the garden for the day.  I'd suggest using the old baking trays and having new ones in the cupboard before you start, for the sake of continuing diplomatic relations.

Talkback: Garden spiders

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 20:26

Does anyone else think the markings on Glen's back look like eyes? He look like a really surprised chibi ... er ... something.

 

My personal favourites are the missing sector orb weavers. They make their webs as horseshoe-shapes from the outside in, leaving a gap where there's a thicker line, then they lurk between bricks or something, out of sight of birds, with just two feet on that line and wait for it to start trembling. When something is caught, they rush to the middle and start shaking the web. They can feel the vibrations bounce back off the caught insect. It's like sonar. Sometimes, if they find a good place to lurk well back from the front edge of a deeply-recessed window, they'll have the web at the front and live well behind it, and then they don't need a whole missing sector around the signal line so they make a few full circuits at the outside before they start with the ever-smaller horseshoe-shapes. Clever little architects!

 

Anyone who finds them creepy ought to avoid the golden silk orb weaver. They're great to have around, especially if you do not like cockroaches, but if you don't like British "big" spiders you'll have issues with the golden silk kind.

 

http://www.floridanature.org/photos/Nephila_clavipes_5b,_Tallahassee_20021216.jpg

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/barkermi/misc/banana-spider.jpg

 The USA's variant is also known as a banana spider or writing spider and, as far as I know, totally harmless ... to humans 

Australia, being Australia, has one that's only slightly less lethal than a black widow, so, by Australian standards, it's extremely mild.

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 17:28

First response was a google search for articles about Legionella and it got a lot of results, so it's been widely reported ...

... which doesn't necessarily mean it's true, of course, but ...

Anyway, I have a suggestion: sterilise it. 90 centigrade, 30 minutes. This prevents flies and slugs from hatching out of the seedling trays and invading your living room too.

Eating weeds

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 11:21

Anyone who wants to come round here and eat the himalayan balsam is welcome to do so. There's quite a bit of it, so you may want to bring about a thousand Syrian refugees with you to help you eat it all.

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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Ooops!

Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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