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Posted: 11/11/2014 at 07:37

Good morning all  

BitKnit - I'm a knitter too, and OH and I are painters (amongst other things)  I did my degrees at Norwich, OH did his BA at Norwich and his MA at Chelsea - several of our friends got seduced by animation along the way !  Enjoy your time as a student

Well folks, I'm off to meet a friend at Cambs University Botanic Gardens today - I'll take my camera for any autumn colour that's still about - that's if it's not bucketing down from the heavens!   As this is a friend from the  Food forum that I'm also on, if the weather is awful we can concentrate on the cakes!

Tips on starting a balcony compost bin?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:47

I think in your situation I'd have a look at wormeries.  They're more for composting household waste rather than quantities of garden prunings and lawnmowings, which I presume is the situation you find yourself in.


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:10

Welcome BitterKnitter

BitterKnitter wrote (see)

I'll be sure to enjoy the insanity

You might not even notice it

What are you a student of?  (I'm a bit nosey sorry)

BitterKnitter wrote (see)

I'll be sure to enjoy the insanity


Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I was hoping we could meet, Dove. Didn't I wonder about a TWIGS garden visit? ...

So you did - don't say my memory's starting to go   HEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!

I've got a treat tomorrow folks .... some of you may remember a foodie friend of mine from Cornwall joined us when we went on the Snowdrop Walk at Anglesea Abbey - anyway, she's ventured up country and out of Cornwall again, and she and I are meeting for lunch at Cambridge Uni Bot. Gardens   I wonder if there'll be any autumn colour left - I think that some of the trees could still be looking good


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.

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