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phlox paniculata

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 00:22

 lunch in graegle with my friend susan. i always forget how wonderful her phlox are-sigh. been thinking about redoing the border by the front gate-perhaps its time for a phlox obsession. how are all of yours doing?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 18:23

 second bloom delphiniums very good this year. matt by midsummer britain seems wonderful to me but then its sept. and i know we have 2 or possibly 3 months of great weather still to come and its yippee!!! your climber wall is luscious.

turning air into soluble nitrate to feed garden??

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 18:11

lightning storms have to be followed by rain to deposit the nitrogen otherwise it just drifts around. even the biggest storm only deposits about one ton per acre which sound like a lot but isnt. if electrical production of nitrates was feasible it would be big time commercial-its not.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 21:14

ighten pear trees are about 70 years old and produce what seems like a ton of pears every year. which is sad because one pear a year is about my limit.

 but i am a fool for nectarines

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 18:40

 random shots from summer-ighten how grand-been working on my own kitchen so yours makes me swoon with envy. very nice stonework


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:38

if a heap in the middle of the garden is high tech. . . .i use the compost at all stages even when it is still warm-as for curing i didnt know it was sick.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:17

a hot heap should heat up to between 150 and 172F within 3 days of putting it together. for me the important thing seems to be a very fine grind-i use an electric rotary lawnmower. the proportion of green and brown doesnt seem to matter-my fall heap is from garden cleanup so lots of green. spring heap is final garden cleanup and lots of leaves, so mostly brown. if you turn the heap every 2 days to maintain heat the compost can be finished in eleven days. despite what you might read, after the initial assembly it doesnt take much time or effort to run a hot heap and if you have space constraints its great- mine goes where the veg garden is in the summer.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:49

if you make a hot heap-higher than 150F-.  you can compost anything. the heap will be self sterilizing. in a cool heap be careful of seeds, perennial weeds and almost anything that spreads by runners-goldenrod is the worst. i think making a fast hot heap is a fun thing to do-but only if you are a composthead.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 23:50


Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 23:42

 members day bancroft gardens walnut creek


Discussions started by david spikes

my favorite succulent

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Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 12:48

hot composting

compost heaping 
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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 11:12

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 14:44

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 16:04

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 16:44

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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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18


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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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

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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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26
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