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Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:17

Agree with Colin above .... and aerate it - poke a garden fork into it once a week and jiggle it around to stir it up.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 09:17

Washing on the line?  Trim the hedge?  Not here Clari - lovely weather for ducks here!!!  The Lovely Home have just said it's tipping down there too so there's no way we can take Pa to the Parade and War Memorial.  I'll do the honours with the cross for his brother, and then we'll go and watch the wreath laying at the Cenotaph with them on the telly. 

  Is it really a good idea to stand on the bonnet to trim the hedge???  Nothing to grab on to in case of sudden earthquake ....

Alliums in pots - roots coming through the bottom already?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:52

Hi Jack

I think they'll be fine where they are - growth will slow down when the colder weather arrives

I take it you'll plant them deeper in the spring when you put them in the border?

Astible leaf browning

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:35

Hi Paul

Astilbes like semi-shade and damp roots, although they can cope with more sun if they're somewhere wet like a bog garden.

In my experience they're not really suitable for pots and baskets.  Also astilbes die down over the winter and re-emerge in the late spring. 

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 07:59

I've just googled 'Scotch bonnet no heat' and found several sites where people are complaining about this.  There's a seller on Amazon with some very poor feedback re Scotch bonnet chillies. 

It sounds to me as if there's a duff batch of seed out there somewhere.  I would talk to the garden centre you bought your plants from and give them some constructive feedback. 

I've grown several different varieties this summer, only moderate heat-types as we're not real chilli-heads, and grown outside in our garden we've harvested chillies with really good flavour and plenty of heat, so it doesn't seem as if it's anything to do with the weather conditions this year.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 07:37

Morning Lesley   I hope it's drier where you are or the dog will have to be towelled dry and spend the morning in front of the fire!!!  Fresh pot of coffee just made


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 06:09

Good morning anyone who's about

Clari I hope you're safely tucked up and snoozing! 

Fidget, what a PITA all those breakdowns happening at once!  

Later this morning we'll be going down to Suffolk - hopefully the weather will be fine and Pa will be well enough for us to take him to the British Legion Parade and Silence at the war memorial and place a cross for his youngest brother killed over Germany.  This is usually something my son does each year with his Grandpa, and we just tag along, but son has a really nasty cold and sore throat and Pa is very susceptible to chest infections so son is going to stay away today.  If the weather's grim or Pa's not up to going along, we'll watch the wreath laying at the Cenotaph with him and Ma. 

On the way back we usually make a short detour via the pub and Pa has a good single malt (with his horrid thickener in it).  Ma used not to be keen on the stop at the pub, but since I introduced her to hot chocolate with a splash of brandy she quite enjoys it!

The rain is tipping down here at the moment, but the Met Office website for East Anglia says "Cloud and rain soon clearing away from Norfolk and Suffolk. Otherwise, a dry day with bright or sunny spells after any early fog patches clear. On the cool side but with light winds. Maximum Temperature 12 °C."  so fingers are very crossed!

Importing tropical plants

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 05:53

I'm sure you're aware of this but I thought I'd post it as other people may not be aware of the restrictions on importing some plants, e.g. kaffir limes, to prevent the spread of disease.

Also doesn't the temperature in the hold get pretty chilly?  Better wrap your plants in bubblewrap!  

I've no idea what I'd bring as I don't have a conservatory so have never thought about it - but I'm sure there's some amazing plants out there.  Let us know what you decide and how you get on

Talkback: Broad beans

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 19:44

Hi James

If you're sowing them outside now to overwinter them, the variety you need is Aquadulce Claudia.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 19:31

DD, as you're in France vin rouge is permissible and probably de rigeur.

A very long time ago my son was into club  athletics (100m runner).  Parents get roped in to do all sorts of stuff - I used to try to sit in the car and hide behind the dashboard - athletics training was the only chance I ever had to read a book in the daytime!

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