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david spikes

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Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:25

 taking down neighbors tree and an interested cat

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 00:53



Posted: 29/10/2014 at 19:10


 goodbye to an old neighbor-it was the tallest sequoiadendron in nev.


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 16:43
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

KEF these are lucifer which in small quantities are worth giving a go?

for me lucifer a spreader but nice,very nice except foliage is a martyr to uncontrollable-at least by me-spider mites. internet plant shopping. managed to stop myself after ordering a climbing rainbows end and lonicera graham thomas for spring delivery. the thomas could be the very best lonicera.


Hot composting

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:41

according to my friend diane who knows everything- antibiotics women take for various female complaints pass into the urine and do their job on the compost bacteria. she-who is as pure as the driven snow-splashes hers around all the time.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:38

lesley came into kitchen and found people eating cake-BEFORE DINNER-don't know what grandma would have said. real scrimmage to get a piece. so no pic.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:46

dove i think the key to salvia greggii winter survival is a warm exposure-southern, protected-and perfect drainage. mine have survived to -19C, which is about as cold as it gets here lately. there is a greg called cold hardy pink which is esp. hardy.              all the forecasts say down to -3C fri, sat, sun. so garden is done and great cleanup and compost festival can begin-yay. there is something so godlike about running a really hot compost heap-and on the eighth day he made compost.


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 23:00

possibly the last tomatoes i will pick this year although there are still a guilt producing amount on the vines. the dahlias blackened last night so rest of garden can't be far behind but end of week back in the 70's. if it doesn't get cold soon will have raised havoc in the entire garden. off to make a strawberry whipped cream cake.

wonderful hoglet pic. 

Hot composting

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:33

minos  in my experience you can make hot compost with almost any plant material-the key is to grind it fine. i use a rotary electric mower. its fast, easy and a good electric mower is cheaper than a compost grinder.                                                        i make the initial heap with the first garden cleanup and with leaves scrounged from around the neighborhood. i make an open heap  on the veg garden site so it usually pretty large-6x5x4ft. you need uniform moisture for uniform heat.depending on how many leaves i add the heap will heat to between 160 and 172 in 1 or 2 days.i turn it when the heat drops or when i add new material-an advantage of an open heap.             if the heap is too dry it will heat up fast and cool almost as fast.                                                                                                   we havent had frost here yet so veg garden continues to produce so just accumulating material for the big grind. as far as adding carnivorous animal waste i dont do it because i dont want to worry about where i put the finished product. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:13

love the disheveled beautyof autumn coming into winter


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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