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Lawn Aerator Shoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:39

The slender tines of a border fork penetrate much further into the soil/ subsoil & result in far better drainage . I use mine regularly and follow up with sharp sand brushed over the surface (works best in the dry!!!).

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 19:25

Congratulations, BobtG: your public-spirited efforts fully deserve their wide acclamation!! Unfortunately it was (mostly) too cloud-covered here in coastal South Pembs!! [I'll need to stick around & wait for the next one!!].

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 19:34

Conifer: Go to settings at head of page, check 'my messages' & you'll see that I have just pm'd you on this topic.

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 19:43

 Dame's Violet pic for benefit of "Conifer". Multiple flowers carried on 2-4' (foot) stalk in 2nd year. Slender seed pods form and tiny seed ejects readily when ripe! Basal floret forms in 1st year of growth. Bees & butterfies love its scented flowers!

*[Conifer: I generally save some seed each year - pm me if you'd like some].

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 19:16

I trim lilies to about 5cm on each stem, what's left helps to identify the contents of each pot, trough or bucket holding the lilies. Springtime top-dressing generally frees those stalk remnants as I carefully delve off 4-5 cm of old compost & replace with fresh.

BTW: The 'discarded' stems can be cut into suitable lengths and used to boost the contents of the various 'Insect Hotels' I have dotted around the shrubberies! [The minibeasts happily excavate their way into the pithy stems, ditto with Dame's Violet and Teasel stems - the differing diameters seem to suit different beasties!].

The seaside

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 18:01

Here in sunny, coastal SW Pembrokeshire we have both Starlings and Jackdaws that have learned to perch and take offerings from peanut feeders (just like Blue Tits and Sparrows). It can develop into quite a 'scrum' at times!! [especially when they all try at the same time!].


Uploading pics

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 17:58

Thanks, Dove: it's sitting on a nicely sunny leaf, so long as Messrs Blue Tit & Sparrow don't spot it, it should do alright in time...

Uploading pics

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 18:43

Thanks, Fairygirl: restores my faith in 'creatures great & small' - it's been parked there for several days now, I hope it hasn't stalled in its development!        

Uploading pics

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 20:27

 I sent this as a test of "uploadability" - I had failed on three separate occasions whilst starting a ew threa!! Maybe the fault was at my end and it has now cleared??? btw: I'd still like to know if this beastie is a 'friend' or 'foe'??

Tomatoes why does thou not begin to ripen..eth?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 20:46

Lots of supportive good advice there, JB2: Here in coastal SW Wales my indoor Gardeners Delight are only just now giving the first ripe fruit. Plenty of green fruit coming on nicely, so I'm clearing the lower leaves too (makes it easier to feed & water too). Green Zebra is obviously not going to go 'red', but Moneymaker in the same gh are also slow to mature this year. Patience is a virtue which every gardener does well to cultivate!!

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What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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