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About to eat these mushies. Safe?

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 07:31

I've eaten wild mushrooms I've foraged on many occasions - but I've been taught how to recognise some of the safe ones (and the similar dangerous ones) and am pretty sure of what I'm doing.

I would never offer an edibility ID of a mushroom/fungi over the internet.  If you don't know that a mushroom is safe then don't eat it.

If you're interested in foraging there are lots of places online that offer hands on foraying courses - just put mushroom foraging into Google and boo a course - the right time of the year is nearly here.

However, you may  be  in hospital by now...................... 

Honeysuckle Periclymenum Rhubarb & Custard

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 00:00

It sounds to me as if your plant has powdery mildew. This often happens when honeysuckle suffers from drought. They need a cool deep root-run, damp soil and ' their feet in the shade and their faces in the sun'.  Get that right and your plant will be stronger and healthier. 

That being said, honeysuckles often get a bit of powdery mildew at this time of year. My substantial honeysuckles planted in the soil  on shady banks against cool fences have got a bit of it in this dry spell and I've been using a seep hose to water them at the roots

Do my laurels need a chop?

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:57

And you're right - I'd go a bit lower - don't forget the gardening saying - Growth follows the knife 

Will anything grow in here??

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:48
punkdoc says:

I love it.

I think I would leave it as it is.

See original post

 I love it too ... looks like Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood  (or how I imagine it anyway).  I'd just manage the bracken and as Fairy suggests, create a woodland fringe garden at the edges ... I'd give my eye teeth for that 

P.S.  I'd add loads and loads of different sorts of bird boxes, also for bats, owls and nest sites for different falcons etc.  

Perhaps put nectar-rich plants in the glades for woodland butterflies and food plants for their caterpillars.

And ask Father Christmas for a trail camera or two 

Last edited: 12 August 2016 16:52:34

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:45

What!  You mean there are cheap kitchens available???   You never hear about them on here do you? 


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 15:46

I'm totally choked up with emotion having seen the most phenomenal 10,000 metre world record run by that amazing young woman ... what a feat of courage, endurance and fitness!!! 

Digging Up Potatoes.... found an EGG!!

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 15:20

Maylane - sounds as if your frog was being eaten by a grass snake - I was able to get a photo of this happening in our pond a couple of years ago.  They eat them head first.  


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 15:10

I've had to put the sprinkler on   the Wilderness and the veg patch all looking very floppy and the wind is bashing things about and tearing leaves - they need a drink to perk them up so they're not so flimsy.  

Topbird, the soaker hose has made a huge difference to the Clematis and honeysuckles on the fence at the back of the Shady Bank .

29.9C in the shade in my back garden at the moment Fairy 


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Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:23

Yay!  He just shook the rain off the brolly onto John Inverdale 

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