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mossy beds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:50

Moss can indicate several conditions in the garden.

A high acidity, pH 5.0 to 5.5 is ideal for growing moss. A simple soil test will determine your soil pH……add lime if it is acidic.

It may be low fertility….soil that is nutrient poor and/or unfertilized encourages moss growth.

Soil compaction (a byproduct of constant rain)….moss can grow easily on compacted areas.

Or maybe shade….moss needs shade, from buildings, trees or even the shade of a densely planted flowerbed.



Camera Corner

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:53

Thanks for sharing those pics, Tracy & Fairygirl.....bootiful! 

Tracy, I think your black backgrounds have improved you orchids tons.

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:49

Flora....sorry to mention this, but don't light a match if anyone in your house has a little indiscretion.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 15:44
Ashleigh 2 wrote (see)

Hi David, the weather here is lovely at the moment 13c day 6c at night but predicted to drop next week to 7c day and -2 night. I'm itching to direct sow some sweet peas , is it too early?

Ashleigh - Before answering this, I decided to take a soil temperature reading in  my own garden (the Midlands) and it seems to be around 50f (10c) at the mo. *This would be fine for sowing SP seed...if they were to be sown in pots of compost, even more okay.

*Expect seed to surface after 2 or 3 weeks in these conditions.  

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:51


Fairygirl wrote (see)

Isinglass - isn't that where the Hobbits were going?...

I'll get my coat...


Nah! That was Islington.

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:47

 ...and for the record isinglass is obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish. 

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:43
KEF wrote (see)

David..this was 1971 !!!   God how tight were my parents?  Think the old chap who gave Dad the urn told him what to do. I still call the Urn " Harold H.... " after him. He was a great help / inspiration in Dad's early gardening years. Even if he tried to poison the kids.

I'll take a picture of it, not thrilling, but hey...olden times

Flora, very sorry I have waffled on and gone off your subject. Hope someone has some more sensible ideas.

I'm saying nowt about Yorkshire folk and their brass!

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:39
Fairygirl wrote (see)

David - I had no idea you were so handsome....


Can't stand cheeky kids!

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:37


KEF wrote (see)

David all I do is point the camera, I love it.

It's every other shot I'm poor at. Think the camera has decided it only likes flowers

Can't accept this defeatism, KEF......cropping lessons are looming.

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:27

Great shots, Fairy....the last one would pass for me before breakfast.

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