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Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:46

Come on folks!  Sit down with a cuppa!  Christine's on telly now!!!

She's sailing over Verdun's garden down in Cornwall in a hot air balloon!

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:44

The thing I find most difficult is keeping tree roots from invading my veg patch Grrrrrrr!

The thing is I love having the trees as well.

Weed or flower?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:39

Just what I was going to say Nut

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 14:55


Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:29

If you want to keep rats out you need galvanised weld mesh  with a gauge of at least 16g with holes 1/2" x 1/2".   They will chew through anything lighter.

If you're troubled with rats in your compost bin do not put anything cooked in your bin and absolutely no potatoes or potato peelings (cooked or raw) into your bin.  My brother is a potato farmer - he says rats will chew through concrete to get at potatoes!


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:14

Well done DD   But no more than we expected. 

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Well done, knew you would. I'm open 17th May, so hopefully can come and see yours, but we are going to Suffolk in July.

  I'm likely to be spending quite a bit of time in Suffolk in July  .... if you've nothing better to do one day we might meet up for a coffee or something .... but of course, if you have other arrangements that is quite understandable


What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:10
Lyn wrote (see)

Red kidney beans are very toxic, only use tinned ones in slow cookers as they dont get hot enough to kill the toxin, under cooked are worse than raw!

Or soak dried kidney beans in plenty of water for 12 hours, then rinse and give them a ten minute fast boil in a saucepan before adding them to the slow cooker.


Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:33

Bash your sprout stalks with a hammer Artjak - they'll split and then bash them a bit more and put them in the compost bin, they'll break down much quicker then.

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:31


how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:32

It is difficult to see what's what - we'll wait until Thursday  

One thing is for certain - it's the combination of the 'cover' provided by the ivy and the mature apple tree which will have nooks and crevices full of insects which is attracting the birds.  When the ivy goes it would be good to replace it with something which will also provide cover in the winter for the small birds - a berrying holly perhaps?

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Winterwatch BBC2

Starts this evening 9.00pm 
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Please help me choose 
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Trees and their relationships

Interesting info about fungi, microrhyzal organisms and trees 
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New Year Gardening Resolutions

What do you really mean to do differently in 2015? 
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Formatting Problems

There's a rogue thread 
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Christmas lights in the garden

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John Innes Compost

All your questions answered 
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Amazing amateur wildlife photos

Russian foxes in the Arctic Circle 
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Hallowe'en Howlers

A seasonal joke thread 
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 10:04

Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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Last Post: 29/10/2014 at 08:07

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 21:56

It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
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Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 19:27

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 10:57

Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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