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Help Indetifying a plant...

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 20:20

LOL - never noticed the escapee coming around the plastic! Definitely something you don't want where it is growing at any rate...

Help Indetifying a plant...

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 20:05

1st one looks like a foxglove

2nd looks like a sycamore sapling

3rd is a skeleton of a dead plant

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 23:04

I'm going to be on the look out for Margery Fish books about cottage gardening mentioned by Carol Klein on Great British Garden.....the other evening. They sound right up my street. I love a good gardening book or two or three!

suggestions needed please

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 09:22

Hi, firstly, I apologise for all  the questions I am about to ask but they will help you get a better answer and therefore (hopefully) a successful outcome. 

How much sunlight does the area get? What part of the country are you in? Is it sheltered? Do you use the drive for the car as shrubs will go out as well as up - how much width are we talking about?  How far out from the fence have you excavated? Sometimes a lot of rubbish is found at the base of a wall or fence but further out  -18" the soil might be of much greater quality and any plant would have a much better chance of survival. 

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 09:13

In my opinion there are several things you need to take into consideration. Firstly, how big is your garden? How much will you compost? If you have a large garden a couple of daleks will not be enough. (I have 6!) If you have the room and someone to help you can recycle pallets into bins effectively and have several side by side - one to fill, one composting, one ready to use.

To me one of the most overlooked questions when talking about composting is the siting of the bins. We want them out of the way, yes, but we also want them in the sun. The heat generated by the heap and the extra heat from the sun (plus turning the heap) will speed up the whole process.

I am very happy with my daleks - easy to access at the bottom, you can set them on wire mesh to stop vermin accessing them (never had the problem) and I turn them by twisting an old fork into the mix. They are not permanent and therefore easy to move if you fancy a change or realise siting was a mistake. They are also reasonably cheap to buy or to acquire for free on freegle or having sharp eyes when a for sale/sold sign goes up  

I use an open pallet type bin for my leaf mould which works well and put a pallet on top intially to stop the leaves blowing away.

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:59

Hi, as Landgirl suggests I would remove the curled leaf as it looks as though it could be infested by insects. I would leave the others in situ. At this time of year a lot of leaves will be in poor condition and your plant may well drop them before producing more in spring. However, they are still helping your plant through the winter. With the shortest day not having been reached yet we still have a long way to go...

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:26

 Good idea Alex!

However I wouldn't start your sunflowers off so early as they are likely to become leggy and weak without a good supply of natural light/heat. Spring time would be better as they will grow on at a greater speed and vigour with the longer day length and be protected by your cloche when you plant them out.. 

Coke put down a toilet in a hard water area will dissolve the limescale, I believe...


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:19

   Lots of good advice at the link below. Hope this helps!  


December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 17:44

Well, would you believe it - went ahead and bought GW mag/calendar this morning and I am really pleased with it. The inside pictures are lovely and it is bigger than last year's....and when I get home from work this evening, what's waiting for me in my open porch, none other than a Countryfile calendar an unexpected but welcome present from my Mum! Bigger and glossier than GW but has already been said not free.

I have no excuse for not knowing the day of the week next year!! 

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 18:47

Ooh! Interesting comments. I only saw the cover of the the calendar in the mag and

assumed that the rest of the pictures would be the same quality - the phrase, never judge a book by its cover comes to mind     Maybe I should take another look as I

was happy enough with last year's one. Facts about Countryfile calendar also noted.


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