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David Matthews2

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Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:20

Having 'ranted' about soggy composts on offer at B&Q, [see above], I was much more impressed by the care taken by the local Wilco store in having a fair range of composts and grow bags on offer (all stored indoors) & handy for loading into the car/ shopping trolley! Guess where I'm going when I run out of my 'home-grown' totally organic * peat-free bin compost??

Cleaning patio

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:21

That sounds REALLY painful, mjtclayton! The abrasive properties of sharp 'builders sand' should not be forgotten. Used in combination with a stiff yard brush and water, you could achieve much the same result without recourse to any chemical agents...??

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:08

My 'Hanging Pallet of Pembroke Dock' is only at the 'bright idea' stage yetawhile, Artjak! d.v. I'll make my initial moves soon and will definitely record progress with the project as it develops.

*Really appreciate the pics of the other very inventive settings for the other "Ladybird Hotels" - I feel somewhat envious at present as my pallet is still in its 'natural' state in the garage/ workshop awaiting surgery!

Toil soil advice needed

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:50

I've just 'woken' one of my raised beds from its winter slumbers - it had a (very) temporary cover of bubble wrap, held in place by old sash weights. I found the soil to be largely quite friable, needing only a light 'tiffling' with a border fork and hand picking of the odd half dozen weed seedlings harboured therein!

*I had planted it late last Autumn with 24 shallot sets: these had made about 6-8" of healthy green growth, somewhat 'rumpled' by growing under the plastic, but I'm sure that it will straighten out now that it's open to the elements once more.

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:13

Cockle shells, crab carapaces and other marine mollusc shells (whelks etc) would all serve equally were as mini-reservoirs for visiting insects, birds etc through the summer months! I can't spare the full pallet 'footprint' in my limited mid-terrace garden. However, I might contrive something similar but in a vertical sense with the pallet rawl-bolted to a limestone boundary wall on the south side of the plot...?

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:02

Re: variable quality of 'commercial' composts - I visited the local B&Q outlet today and found the 'Verve' branded 60 litre compost bags TOTALLY SODDEN!! The bags were on pallets, minus any plastic overwrapping, in an open courtyard with no protection whatsoever. I spoke to the normally affable (& knowledgable) gardening section chargehand and let him know that I was not impressed, and furthermore would not be buying from that store until they had fresh DRY composts available.

My immediate requirements can be met from my own self-produced  resources, though I will be ekeing it out with sharp sand as Artjak has suggested.



Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Thanks, Salino, for hebe id. I trust you're ok re: current high water levels in the Fens at present? [My son manages various nature reserves in Beds, Cams for Wildlife Trust - he reports 'extreme difficulty' getting anywhere offroad without 4x4 etc].

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:47

Speaking of outdoor aphids reminds me that Team Blue Tit & Co have been checking out the griselina, verbena, wigelia and pelargoniums in my sheltered back yard shrubbery for several weeks now - they're definitely finding it worth their while supplementing their diet of peanuts, seed mix and fatballs etc.....!!

Camera Corner

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:37

Thanks, guys n' gals for your comments! Sadly the wild west is living up to its big, bad reputation and I find myself prostrated on 't sofa in front of tv. When it shows signs of promise (for more than 5 minutes together), I'll dash out and "take another shot" like the pome says!!

Stargaze: I love that little homily - any idea where it comes from???

To prune or not to prune

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:46

Does the same advice hold true for mature 'mophead' Hydrangea? I've several bushes in my relatively sheltered, mid-terrace garden that are flailing around in the current run of near gale-force winds?

Discussions started by David Matthews2

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

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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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

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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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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