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Charlie November

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Peace Lily

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 12:12

Christmas 2010? Considering how things have been going since then, it's hardly surprising a peace lily isn't doing very well. It probably thinks it's on the wrong planet.

Vitamin C to aid rooting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 12:09

If anyone's going to try this out, please do it properly and share the results with us.

You'll need a large sample size, so lots of cuttings taken from a single, large bush or lots from each of several large bushes.

You'll need to minimise variation in your sample, so take the cuttings at a standard length, take them all at the same time of day in the same weather at the same time of year and treat them all the same way, putting them all in the same compost in the same size pot in the same number of second after cutting and watering each with a standard amount of water.

If you're dipping in vitamin C solution or rooting hormone solution, dip the control group of cuttings in water the same way.

Look after them all the same way. This pretty much means filling the greenhouse with them in a chequer-board pattern so no group of cuttings accidentally gets a better part of the greenhouse.

Have a standard way of scoring "success" and stick to it. If you're taking 8" cuttings and putting them 4" deep in compost filled to the rims of the pots, having them grow to 5" above the pot rim may be a good criterion.

You'll need to gather data on how many cuttings have succeeded maybe every three days for quite a while to allow comparisons of the speed with which they took as well as the survival rate.

Finally, use something like a Chi-squared test to give us a probability that whatever variation was recorded was just random variation.

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 11:58

I thought the fences had to go 18" underground to be sure. Let me check that.

Various search results say 1m, 36" or 48" high and some say 6" deep where some say bend the bottom 6" outwards along the ground and some say you should bury 12" of it across the bottom of and up the garden side of a 6" trench.

They dig deeper than 6". Trust me on that.

The weakness in a fence is the gate. They go under gates. If you want a genuinely impregnable rabbit-proof allotment, you'll need a solid, level sill onto which the closed gate fits snugly so they can't go through a gap there.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 11:01

I am back. I was right: no need for frost protection. Got a cold out there and have felt drunk and hung over for two weeks now. Probably not a good sign.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 19:26

... and once all that's done, this! I think January's the best time to go, but flight prices can go up a lot around Christmas and New Year. Any later and you risk finding everywhere in Vietnam closed for Tet (31 Jan 2014).

No need for frost protection there! 

Frost protection!

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 14:54

I raked the autumn leaves over my outdoor pots yesterday, and this morning there was fron on the lawn, but not on the leaves. I think I chose a good spot. That is what autumn leaves are for, though, right? The trees drop them to keep their seedlings warm, don't they?

silly quotes

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 10:43
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Between a rock and a hard place

But a rock and a hard place wait for me,
Between the Devil and the deep blue sea.
Everything I ever did right or wrong
Hid out of sight where I belong.


star gaze lily wrote (see)

Behind every great man, there's a great women



Behind every successful man there's a surprised mother-in-law.

silly quotes

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 16:28
hollie hock wrote (see)

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun



That's a very silly one indeed!

silly quotes

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:55
star gaze lily wrote (see)

I've heard of the one Bill's mother from a Yorkshire friend.  

My mum used to say shepherds warning one.

Look before you leap.    Does that count?

Also something about mickle and muckle????

"Many a mickle macks a muckle," I think. Not sure what it means.

"Where there's muck there's brass."

"Where there's life, there's hope ... and need of vittles, as me ol' Gaffer used to say." - Samwise Gamgee, The Lord Of The Rings


The water one's in a half-appropriate song!

You'd better look before you leap; still waters run deep,
and there won't always be someone there to pull you out,
and you know what I'm talking about,
so smile for a while and let's be jolly.
Love shouldn't be so melancholy.
Come along and share the good times while we can.
I beg your pardon.
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There's gotta be a little rain some time.


"Barking dogs don't bite." (The ones putting on a show are just doing that. It's the quiet one sneaking into place for the kill that really means it.)

"Don't **** on your own doorstep."

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

"Bull____ baffles brains." (Smart people get stumped trying to make sense of utter nonsense and stupidity)

Talkback: Wasps

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:45

I've been stung by a wasp once. It got in the way of the crack between my neck and my scarf at 60mph. It itched.

Other than that, I've had them on me a few times. One landed on my lips at a picnic, following the scent of the food I'd just put in my mouth. I just waited until she filled up cleaning my lip and flew away before I did anything, and she and I were fine.

By contrast, I was eating with various other people once when a wasp entered the room. Most of us ignored her or waved her away but one young woman jumped up and ran round, screaming and waving her arms frantically, with her eyes shut and mouth wide open. She was not stung, but she was making herself likely to inhale the poor little wasp, which would have sucked for both of them.

Wasps, fire, explosives, firearms and other power tools, aircraft, motor vehicles, rivers, snakes and wolves: all much less likely to kill you if you understand them and treat them with respect.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Last Post: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

Rose cuttings: timing

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Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 17:26

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 16:57

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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Last Post: 13/05/2013 at 08:09
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