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Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 18:00

She was definitely drifting over you during the wonderful summer, and abseiling down cliffs above clear turquoise water!

Batten down your hatches Verdun!

Stay safe! 

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:49

Hemlock (Conium Maculatum) and Giant Hogweed  (Heracleum mantegazzianum) are two very different plants.

Hemlock is a British native plant.  Giant Hogweed is an invasive introduced species.  It is now illegal to plant it or sow its seeds in the wild. 

No flowers

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 16:46

I think feeding it every week is over-doing it.  That's probably why you're getting lots of healthy foliage and few flowers.  Producing flowers and seeds is a plants way of ensuring the survival of the species, and sometimes if it feels a little threatened it will flower well.  If the plant is growing happily it sometimes doesn't bother. 

I'd stop using whatever fertiliser you're using and in the early spring water in some soluble potash (as directed on the packet).  Just the one dose. 

Then wait and see - if you get no flowers give it a sprinkling of fish, blood & bone in mid summer and the following year another dose of potash in the spring. 

Good luck, and let us know how you get on

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 16:39

Fine if you pick it young - once it's flowered and gone to seed it's not pleasant.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 16:35

Loved the programme - wonderful views of Trebah and lots of information too.   There was also much more 'general interest' as I suppose fits with a programme going out at 3.45 in the afternoon, but it was really interesting stuff, and made me long to be in Cornwall again and I've been surfing the net for holiday cottages!

And although Christine is not a 'wannabe celeb' she's definitely a bit of a star, in the best sense of the word

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!

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

John Innes Compost

All your questions answered 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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