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John Innes Compost

Posted: Today at 17:52

we have a soil guru over here who is so dogmatic and annoying that as my friend Mara said the other day- we can't shoot the messenger so we'll shoot the message-to hell with his soil.

my favorite succulent

Posted: Today at 17:44

 will be flowering in a few weeks

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: Today at 17:13

because i compost i cut a lot of the garden down in autumn but leave the more winter ornamental things( grasses, some shrubs) until late winter when everything comes down to uncover the spring bulbs-mostly tinies so need clean sweep. the last time i left everything until spring the job looked so formidable that i ended up lawn mowering everything, which actually worked out ok.

Grape hyacinths

Posted: Yesterday at 04:22

just pull them out and toss them on the ground as mulch-by spring they'll have broken down. i control mine by pulling them out by the hundreds after they bloom.


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 22:31

going to hawaii and ignoring the whole thing.

hot composting

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 22:30

stirred up the heap as temp. had begun to drop a bit. dumped 10 bags of slightly moistened ash leaves on top. leaves would be finished in a week or 10 days IF i stopped adding to the heap. HOWEVER, a friend is bringing over his poplar leaves which were gathered with lawnmower so a nice mix of chopped leaves and grass-compost heaven. 


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:33

here in reno we had a couple of cold days but it was mostly temp inversion rather than weather system-now back to cloudy and grey but dry, dry, dry.


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:16
Edd wrote (see)

Are you not under 6ft of snow Dave?

cloudy but dry here. called friends who live outside buffalo, ny who have had 8 ft. of snow in the last 4 days and its still coming down. 



Posted: 20/11/2014 at 16:41

sounds like i may have to tussle for those windows. chicky have a wonderful time in berlin-suggestions sound great. i am going to Prague for xmas and then Berlin for new years-i'm always surprised when other people do things like going to central europe in the middle of winter but seems perfectly logical when i do it myself.


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 00:28

 was thinking cold frame but suddenly visions of greenhouse are dancing in my head.

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Discussions started by david spikes

my favorite succulent

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hot composting

compost heaping 
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what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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what were they thinking of

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great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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