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My latest questions!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:08

I'd harden the fuchsias off and get them outside - if they're hardy then they're hardy 

I sowed sunflowers outside straight into the garden about 10 days ago - no signs of life yet but I expect they won't be long.  Last year I had a healthy crop of self-sown ones - even after all that snow.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:04

Clari ((hugs))  Way back I worked for a while as a PA for a young woman who'd had an accident resulting in similar outcome - hit by a speeding police car whilst crossing the road - two weeks after her wedding.  Apart from the physical disabilities she was left with the severe head injuries resulted in quite radical personality changes.  So difficult for them both.

Also one of my dearest friends (first boyfriend) had a severe spinal injury as an adult - the progress he's made is remarkable but the devastation wreaked by a few minutes fun on a bouncy castle .................... so tragic.  

My last job involved assisting in the assessment and arranging of support and respite for children and young people with severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions - the unthinking unkindness of adults no longer surprises me. 

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:55

I've never seen one - hope I'm not talking them up - fingers are very crossed!!!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:52

Tulip Fever is well worth a read - based in the time when one tulip bulb was worth a real fortune 

Pondless toads

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:09

They don't need very deep water,  8" will be fine - but they do need water plants to wind the strings of spawn around. 

The daphnia and Canadian Pond Weed will be fine - the aquatic dept of our GC had some Hornwort yesterday which is a UK native which would be even better if you can get it - don't let the Canadian stuff get into the open environment but it'll do if you can't get anything else. 

Good luck!

Building a veg planter

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:04

Not sure what to advise about the flooding - is it possible to raise the base of the planter?

As for filling it - I use a mix of good loamy top soil and FYM - about half and half.  I find that the fibrous types of compost dry out much too quickly and also turn dusty after a couple of seasons. 


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:59

Verdun ((hugs)) not much I can say (been there) but good luck 

And good morning all   I've been up ages but have been dealing with a load of emails.  

Hazy skies here again, but mild and the sun's shining somewhere above that Saharan Dust.  Gardening again today 

As for daffodils - I take it you've all read Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach?


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:49

You'll be able to grow most things Shaun - the most important thing is to grow things you like to eat 

Yellow balls in centre of Oregano roots

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:46

Cat - if you want to keep oregano in a pot transplant it into a bigger pot than it came in, using John Innes No 3 soil based compost and mix in about 1/3 horticultural grit. 

To check whether it needs watering stick your finger into the soil - if it's still dry 1" down from the surface, then water it, let it drain and don't let it stand in water. 

If you've got somewhere fairly sunny outside it will be much happier there for the summer than indoors.

Good luck 

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:34

Kelly, it's usual on here to have doughnuts after doing something strenuous like that - it's amazing how it helps

but you have to be quick or Verdun will eat them all 


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