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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.


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 20:09

neighbors replacing all their old single pane divided light sash windows. new cold frame coming up. hurray!!!

Talkback: Composting

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 17:20

years ago arborists were doing all the trees across the street so i asked them if i could get some of the shreddings when they were finished. foreman said sure. a while later i heard i strange noise. they had pointed the shredder over the top of my hedge and let go. mulched the entire garden in about 15 min. kinda messy though.


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 17:10

 as i was doing the last post realized that i should do the classic thing and put in some wallflowers to bloom along with them. tulips in all shades of purple with orange and yellow wallflowers, hmmmm. the thing about gardening is that one thing always leads to another.


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:57

kef setting them in sand so no problemo. its the last of three scalloped beds on the side of the garden. want to fill it with tulips so should get it done. 

Talkback: Composting

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:48

i use a rotary electric lawnmower-it's fast and quiet and almost never clogs-can handle half inch branches. this week i shredded a pile 6x6x8 in about an hour which from my experience with shredders would probably have taken all day or longer. sometimes i dream about the kind of shredder arborists use-neighbors might think it was excessive.


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 15:52

good morning all. -3C this morning but clear so will be a beauty later. flipping a coin to decide whether it's movies or laying bricks. runnybeak check out gnometogrow for datura seeds-really limited selection but nice and fast and cheap. got a xmas card yesterday-refuse to open it til after thanksgiving.

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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