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Christine Walkden

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:28

I like someone who appreciates my cooking 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:25

((hugs)) for you Mike - purely therapeutic of course  

Sounds as if you've got a good GP there Mike - that hemochomatosis will get sorted out and you'll feel so much better - apparently it's not uncommon.

I think we all find ourselves getting to know our GPs a bit better as we get older  


slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:18

Frogs don't eat veggies, they eat slugs and flies - we love our frogs 


You're not the only one who's sunflowers are suffering - for the first time ever I think I've lost all of mine   Mind you, I did rather neglect them 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:16

I'm loving Springwatch Unsprung as well - the new presenter Nick Baker is a definite plus   Worth staying awake for!

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:59

I remember as a child helping Ma to apply DDT to the Brussels sprout plants - totally harmless stuff, except to caterpillars of course - NOT 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:55

Welcome Marg   good to 'meet' you 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:53

Oh no Daisy, can't do tea in the morning   Never mind, I'll make you one when I make my coffee.

We get green woodpeckers around here too Chicky - did you see the ones on Springwatch last evening?

What to do with indoor Stargazer Lily

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:50

Hi Louise   Don't worry about being a novice, we all started somewhere and the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask 

Your lilies won't flower again this year, but it should do next year.  I would take off the dead flowers and give the plant a good feed of fertiliser - I use Fish Blood & Bone on all my plants - use according to the directions on the packet.  Water it in and put the plants outside in a sheltered place - not shady but not too sunny and leave it there for the summer, watering when dry.  

Eventually the leaves will die down for the winter - all the nutrients from the leaves will pass back into the bulbs, giving them energy to flower again in the following year - that's why we feed them with fertiliser after they've flowered - to build up the leaves 

I leave mine outside all year round - I protect the pots with bubble wrap and put them against the house wall in a sheltered corner for the winter.  In the spring remove the wrapping and as I see the buds coming through the soil I move the pots into a sunnier position.

You just have to keep your eyes open for the bright red lily beetles that will eat their way through the whole plant if you let them - just squidge them.

Also protect them from slugs - I got some sheeps wool pellets from the garden centre and put them on the surface of the soil - the slugs don't like the texture so stay away.

My lilies are budding up nicely and will soon be bursting into flower. 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:39

Morning Fg  - more coffee anyone? 

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:38

Look under the pots and under the rims of the pots - it's those sort of places that slugs and snails hide during the daytime.  

I'm giving my slugs some Slug Pubs - yoghurt pots with beer in, sunk into the soil - foolish things can't resist them and go and drown whatever sorrows slugs have.  It's not my fault if they can't hold their ale 

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