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Green Manure

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 07:59

The theory as I understand it is that it prevents the leaching of nutrients from the soil in wet weather, as the nutrients are bound up in the green manure, and they are then returned to the soil when they are dug in. 


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 07:53

Morning Chicky - the Mighty Atom is still looking beautiful   As for sticky chocolate cake - try Nigella's chocolate fudge cake - very yummy indeed!


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 06:46

Good morning you two

Raspberry food

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 06:44

Well-rotted farmyard manure is available in bags from garden centres.

As for compost, now's the time to prepare to make some this coming year.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 06:27

Good morning anyone who's about   My body clock seems to have reverted to normal again now - that must mean Panda isn't using it - what's the betting she'll sleep in this morning?  Oh well, she can

Glad OH is home safe and sound BL

Thinking of Verdun and his family today.

Builder is arriving this morning to replaster the hall ceiling and start redecoration.  Expect chaos from now on!!!

This evening OH and I are going to the theatre!!! to see comedian Count Arthur Strong   We've not been 'out' for ages - it'll probably come as a shock to the system!


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 18:15

Lovely to see everyone's doggie pics - they're all gorgeous! 

Panda, glad you've had a lovely day. 

Verdun - we'll be thinking of you tomorrow ((hugs))

Living fence

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 18:00

Lots of info here

I go past a woven willow 'fedge' regularly - it's been in place around a small cottage garden for several years and doesn't appear to be causing any problems and looks really attractive

House Plants

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 14:02
markos wrote (see)

my fault for not looking after it properly then, nothing to do with the chemicals they use?!

All they use is fertiliser and good compost.

Talkback: Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 14:01

Hi Terence

I keep the numbers of greenfly down in my garden by encouraging ladybirds, hoverflies and bluetits into our garden.  They will all feed on the greenfly aphids. 

It sometimes takes a little while to create the balance of wildlife that will keep the greenfly numbers down, so if my roses get aphids on the growing tips, especially early in the season, I brush them off with my fingers or a soft brush. 

I've also found that an occasional weak solution of Ecover washing up liquid in water sprayed onto the aphids will get rid of most of them and it doesn't harm the beneficial insects.

I hope that's helpful


House Plants

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 13:25

Hi Markos - Peace lilies look good in the garden centre because they've been looked after properly - they need a dose of half-strength houseplant fertilizer once a month during the growing season, and each year they benefit from  re-potting into fresh compost - March is a good time for repotting houseplants - then they don't fade away and shrink in size. 

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