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Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:09

Good morning all 

pinkquartet wrote (see)

Agree totally with Edd ,Bill and i,m sure all the other forkers wll agree in the morning.It helps the healing to talk about and remember.

I absolutely agree - talk away Bill, whenever you need to ((hugs)) for you and your wife. 

Talkback: How to grow celeriac

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:22

Hi artjak  yes the leaves are edible - they're really good for flavouring stocks and soups - their flavour is pretty strong, stronger than ordinary celery, so you don't need may of them to add flavour. 

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:20

Dig in lots of compost or preferably a bag of well-rotted farmyard manure from the garden centre, and plant  them in the ground now.

Make sure they get plenty of water this summer and with any luck you can take a light crop in spring/early summer 2015 

Oh, and don't worry about them too much - they come from Siberia - they're pretty tough as long as they don't dry out. 

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:16

I know that some people don't consider grasses to be 'flowering plants' but I think that some of them have beautiful flowers or inflorescences, and I think the movement of grasses in the wind would look beautiful and in keeping with heathers.

Soil problems

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:59

I think you're worrying unnecessarily.    Farmers who rely on heavy doses of nitrogen to increase intensive yields on light land may be worried about the leeching of soluble nutrients on flooded land.  

I don't think that farmers who practise a more holistic form of agriculture and have improved the structure of their soil with the application of manures will be too worried - and I'm from a farming family.  

As I said, some Fish Blood and Bone will provide a balance of nutrients not contained in the manures that you've used - I would use a good sprinkling before sowing/planting.

You can do a ph test - the kits are cheap enough at the garden centre, but it's not essential.  It might be helpful if you want to plant things that definitely prefer an acid or alkali soil, but otherwise not essential in my opinion. 

Oh, and I was blonde - but have now 'embraced the silver' 

Another plant id

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:32

Re the euphorbia - it may be as well to look at this recent thread 

They can be fantastic plants in the right place, but they do have their draw backs, especially if you have small children - their latex-like sap can cause burns if it gets on the skin and is then exposed to sunlight.  Read my post on the above thread. 


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 13:51

Bill, how proud you must be of him, and how very proud he was of you  - bless you all. 

Wet Ground-When to Sow

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 13:18
obelixx wrote (see)

I remember one TV or maybe radio gardener saying if it's too cold and wet to sit on the soil with your bare bum it's too cold to sow seeds..........

There's a theory that this is the way farmers used to  tell if the ground was fit to sow the corn - well, coming from a farming family, and knowing several farmers quite well, all I can say is, "Thank the heavens for the existence of modern Agronomists so that we are now spared from that sight when travelling around the countryside!"

I am newbie here

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 13:03

James, lovely photos  

Here in the UK many of us grow flowers in tubs and hanging baskets, to decorate our front porches and patios.  This is a good way of growing attractive plants when you are short of space.  

At this time of year we are planning what annuals we will need for our tubs and baskets when the overnight frosts stop around the end of May.  Some of us will be growing these plants from seed in greenhouses, and others of us will buy the plants from garden centres.

More information here 

Do you grow ornamental plants in this way in China?

New member seeks re-turfing advice.

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 12:53

Absolutely agree with all the above - eminently salvageable - in fact, you ought to see my lawn at the moment 

I agree, a cut will help - but adjust the cutter so that it cuts as high as possible for the first cut or two.  Then before too long a raking and spiking and top dressing will perk it up no end - you'll have a lawn to be proud of by the end of the summer. 

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