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Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:19

@treehugger80 I was reading that they produce more when they are pot bound but the problem is they become top heavy in a pot too light and topple over all the time 

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 01:18

How big can I expect the plants to get? The one I have is about a foot tall from tip to base but its surprisingly heavy for a plant that size. I think I need to re pot it as its top heavy and a terracotta pot would be the best pot I think as I don't want it to get blown over when its outside in the summer months. What size pot should I go for its in a 4 or 5 inch pot at the moment and it seems a bit too unstable 

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 13:33

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Hi everyone and welcome to my thread. As I have become a keen gardener the past few years I'm always on the lookout for something new to grow and as I was searching for some cream that combats scaring for my constant outbreaks of acne I come across creams and potions containing Barbadensis Miller the Aloe Vera plant. I read that this plant has been used for thousands of years and even Cleopatra used it to intensify her beauty and it was said she was the most desirable woman in the world.  As I'm a gardener it seemed a shame to buy a cream that contains a product I can grow in my own House and Garden so I ordered a mature 3-4 year old plant. The Plant came today and was very well packaged and delivered and it came complete with three pups- baby plants.and I've potted these pups up in small pots to grow on. While researching on the net the benefits of this plant I was shocked to find the endless uses for the plant ranging from wrinkle cream to detoxing. Does anyone else grow this plant for medicinal purposes and what do you use it for? Does anyone have any tips or advise?

Mushroom ID

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 23:57

I wouldn't eat them you never know lol When I was young I didn't understand that mushrooms could poison me and we had trees growing in the garden and I saw a huge mushroom growing on one so had a taste and it was the best raw mushroom I had ever tasted so I ate the hole thing and as I was finishing the last bit my mum came out of the back door and asked me what I was eating and I told her and she rushed me into the house and made me drink a glass of water with some salt in and I threw up. she rushed me to the hospital. Luckily the mushrooms were edible but it was a hell of a way to find out you could be poisoned by mushrooms lol

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:31

@Italophile But some strains of tomatoes are prone to deficiency's  like calcium deficiency.  The other plants may be able to withstand the conditions as they can pick up more nutrients. Thats what I've been reading anyway. I'm not getting Garden compost from the garden center any more as I suspect that many of them get a percentage from the sewage works and it must be full of chemicals. I got a few bags from Aldi and it smelled like it was full of chemicals. I tried to grow a few sunflowers in it as a test I grew it in that and nothing else and all of them died but one and I let it grow for a month and it looked a right sorry state it was only 1ft tall so I planted it in the garden and its slowly recovering. That looked yellow too

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:49

They may have not died outside as it has been raining constantly and the feed got washed away? There may have been a large amount of feed in the compost 

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 05:13

Too much food maybe your acid went up and the toms cant cope but the peepers are able to withstand the high feed dosage? Tomatoes I have been reading since starting to grow them can react badly to high amounts of feed and it stops them taking up calcium as it blocks the root system so they become deficient wither and die.  I'm not diagnosing this as I have no photo and I'm only a novice but it rings a few bells with what I was reading a few months ago. This could be the problem ? Too much feed with low calcium levels in the soil? Have the soil tested at the garden center take a sample from the spot one died in

Fruit advice needed

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 02:03

I have Tayberrys when you plant a new cane leave it to grow 5-6ft and then cut the growing tips this encourages side growth and plenty of fruit. leave it 2 years to get established then start to cut your oldest canes right back to the ground after fruiting and remove them but remember to leave at least 2 canes on the plant and only cut old canes that fruited this year this will encourage new canes to sprout these new canes will not produce this year but next year. Give it a yearly mulch to keep weeds at bay along with a layer of an inch of good quality garden compost do this in march and a feed of high potash tomato feed in may a full watering can full diluted of course lol to the instructions on the bottle that's all you really need. you can plant the tips you cut off some will take into new canes some may not but there free and once you get the bug your hooked they make great pies jams there great on your breakfast in salads with ice cream and enjoy they cost a fortune at the supermarket and yours will taste a million times better and you know whats in them

What are the best white flowers for bees and butterflies??

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 00:51

raspberry  lots of flowers loads of pollinators and a bumper crop. I've just reported one of the rare bees that has set up under my shed and I'm convinced that they set up hive for my raspberry and blackberry's. They don't bother me but there pollinating my garden and my hole garden is full of them every day hope that they stay as there fascinating to watch.but at first it was daunting doing my weeding near the hive and raspberry but they don't bother me at all all there interested in is my pollen and maybe a drink from my water barrel. and last week I recorded a kestrel thats took fancy to my apple tree as a feeding post. I dont know where its nesting but I saw it last year too

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 00:41

Lol I've had no problem with slugs at all pellets go over the garden fence and hedges and all over my paths and between my rows of veg every week when we get a break in the rain I attack them. I make sure I throw them down a the hard to reach places too like down the side of my garden sheds. if you stay on top there never a problem just attack them on all fronts and be cheeky throw pellets next door lol 

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Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

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Has anyone any experience with this strain?  
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