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Sickly looking Peace Lily

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:27

Hi Ellie

When was it last fed?  Has it ever been repotted into fresh compost?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:24

Good morning all - sharp frost first thing but the sun's melted it all now!   We have stuff to take to the tip and the charity shop later and some h****w**k to do - still too flippin cold for gardening Brrrrrrrrr!  

Lots of attractions in Cornwall - glad we booked our holibobs before Verdun started ripping his shirt off in public - they'll be putting the prices up!  OH still remembers the original Demelza fondly - apparently she was more 'developed'  and 'rounded' as a character

Did you all spot the original Ross playing that nasty judge?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:30
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

very off topic, am I the only person who couldn't give a flying fig about Richard 111 being re-buried.?

I have to say , I've not heard a single person talking about it, apart from channel 4 who seem to have invested very heavily in it.

On the other forum I'm a regular on, one member who lives in York is very 'enlivened' about it all - otherwise not heard a peep from anyone.  Call me a cynic if you like, but I think it's been seen as a money-making opportunity by a lot of band-wagon-jumpers - yes of course, give his bones a decent burial, but filming the cortege etc - who's mourning?   Ridiculous!!! Hurrumph hurrumph ... 

Is soil contaminated?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:23

It's most likely to be one of many types of fungus that feed on the decaying roots of dead plants.  I wouldn't be worried about planting there although I'd probably replenish the soil with some well-rotted manure and/or leafmould and some Fish, Blood and Bone. 

If planting another shrub in that area it would be helpful to use a micorrhizal root powder.

nipped off primrose's

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 18:04

Pheasant's not in season now Granma - you'll have to concentrate on fattening him up over the summer - otherwise it's a sentence of 6 months at Her Majesty's pleasure and/or  a fine of up to £5,000.

When October comes around try offering him some raisins soaked in brandy - a few of those and he'll be too drunk to fly away (old poacher's trick ).

Pond and surrounding advice please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:16

That's great - Creeping jenny will dangle down into the water, as will ferns which will all help insects etc to clamber in and out, but you need lots of 'cover' for quite a decent area of land around the pond - piles of stones, logs etc.  Nothing will want to venture across bare earth where the herons and crows can spot them. 

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:11

Oh, and move those seedlings to somewhere cooler and lighter - they're getting much too etiolated (drawn out seeking the light). 

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:09

I think you've probably ordered about double what you need in the way of topsoil, if my guestimate of the size of your bed is anything like accurate - have a look here and let it do the calculation for you http://www.topsoilshop.co.uk/topsoil-calculator - you may be able to cancel part of your order.  That money could be used for plants

Pond and surrounding advice please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:59

One of the most important features to attract wildlife is plenty of leafy cover around the edges of the pond for the frogs etc to feel safe when accessing and leaving the pond. 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/70690.jpg?width=350

 As you can see, we leave the lawn uncut around the edge of our pond.  The marginal plants are in planting baskets on a shelf around the edge, and we have a shingle slope for hedgehogs and birds to access and escape from the pond.

At the time of the photo this pond was less than 6 months old and had already attracted frogs, newts, dragon flies, damsel flies and a grass snake, among other visitors.

Pest questions

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:38

Done - as explained on the form, I actively encourage insects into my garden - most are beneficial in one way or another

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