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david spikes

Latest posts by david spikes

hot composting

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 22:33

 -8C last night with frozen condensate all around the edge of the tarp covering the heap. covered heap with several feet of leaves-mostly poplar and oak- before cold hit. heap core is 155F and leaves under top of tarp at 100F. slight vinegar smell so some fermentation is happening. will turn it to increase oxygenation. woo-hoo the heap is hot.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 21:34

don't order lilac lefleur-it's a nasty little thing.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 21:19

just google'll have to open an account but its easy and free. they have a lot of interesting seeds and plants, though ive never ordered any plants.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 19:44

bought datura seeds on ebay, asstd. colors, doubles and ruffles. seeds less than 10 cents apiece. last time i ordered them from tm they were a dollar or so. started indoors in mar they will bloom in june and keep on going. hawkmoths love them. bees will burrow into the barely opened flowers and stagger out in a datura high. 


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 15:44

people please-the wonderful joke is that thousands of people are buying rose seeds for plants that would have to come with a paint box.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 04:28

trolling for seeds on ebay and found seeds for these VERY RARE rainbow roses-my,my,my, wherever have they been all my life.



Posted: 17/11/2014 at 00:29

very cold here for a few days so other than taking the heaps temp. now and then its been mostly movies. JOHN WICK-interesting but keanu reeves is such an opaque actor. NIGHTCRAWLER-wow wow wow and jake gives an alltime great performance. and then FURY which is so good in so many ways. and saw the previews for gods and kings which is sort of a remake of the ten commandments and looks absolutely ridiculous. where is cecil b. demille when we need him? was down to -6C last night and only 5C today so winter. . . . . .sigh. have been stirring up controversy on another garden site so have come here to be peaceful. hope all your lives are as pleasant as mine is right now.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:14

if you investigate uk's empty house problem you will find that a huge proportion are being held as investments by out of country money. apparently uk tax laws make it very attractive to own the property and not care whether it is occupied or not. the same laws make it desirable for rich foreigners-saudi princes, russian oligarchs and such , to buy london property and leave it vacant. a lot of social pressures and not just in the uk, are being caused by the quite astounding wealth of the world's top one tenth of one percent-that is still 7 million people-and the fact that they all want property in the desireable places. that said-yes trees are more important. 

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 01:01

i don't keep track because if i did i'd probably stop. having once owned a gc i can say that it will do 80% of its business in 6 weeks in the spring with people who come in once a year and basically know nothing about gardening. even more than most retail it is soul destroying.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 00:53

 wonderful colour on the years last roses-mrs. g. how fine everything looks

Discussions started by david spikes

my favorite succulent

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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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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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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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