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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:56

Artjak, as the daughter and sister of farmers, can I suggest that in the first instance you presume he/she will be  reasonable - it may well be that a contractor did the spraying for him and didn't obey the industry code of practice - it will be in the farmer's interest to take it up with the contractor as well as yours, so a reasonable letter pointing out the problem would be the way to start.

However I do admit that in agriculture, as in other industries, there are some cantankerous bu$$ers - so, if you get an unreasonable response (or no response at all) I suggest that the place to start would be the Health and Safety Executive .

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:04

Laurus nobilis is the culinary bay - whoever did you buy it from, or who was their supplier who wrote the label? 


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:46
Fairygirl wrote (see)

No idea what you mean Dove. I'm only 27 

So were most of the audience 



Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:30

Nope, she just wasn't as young as she used to be - same as a large proportion of the audience!  Sitting on the shingle for 3 hours and then getting up isn't as easy as it used to be for some reason 


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:07

Hi folks  I'm back for a bit but will be gone again tomorrow morning   Opera was fantastic but definitely not as glam as Glyndebourne - sitting on a rug on the shingle for 3 hours!!! When the woman in front of me got up at the end for the standing ovation she fell flat on her face as her leg had gone dead!!! 

As for the spammers, they don't do it for fun or to wind us up - they do it for money - they get paid to do it so that people click on the links - that gives the websites more 'hits' and that moves them up the Google pages so that if anyone Googles something along the lines of 'fitted kitchen suppliers' their company shows on one of the first pages rather than further down the line.

The 'views' aren't necessarily people, especially not people on GW - they are 'Bots' which are automatic software which search the internet as part of various search engines.



Posted: 19/06/2013 at 14:21

Right - heading south now - I may be away for a couple of days - enjoy your gardens 

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 14:20

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:52

If you know anyone who keeps pet rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens etc ask them for some of the manure for your compost heap - that'll get it working.  Or if you know a chap who likes a pint or two, see if you can negotiate the donation of some recycled beer or cider - diluted a bit and poured over your compost heap that will also get it working. 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:49

I find the best thing to do with greenfly is to brush them off with my fingers (or even a soft brush if you're squeamish) - leaving a few for the bluetits and ladybirds.  I did this to mine a couple of times afew weeks ago and there are hardly any greenfly there and certainly no damage on the roses.

As for feeding them, I mulch with well rotted farm yard manure in the autumn and top dress with Fish Blood and Bone in the spring, with maybe a little more no later than late July.

As for the rust spots, is this black spot?  There's not a lot you can do about this other than ensure you rake up dropped leaves in the autumn and destroy them.  Some roses are more susceptible to blackspot than others.  It used to be less common, when the air was full of sulphur smog from coal fires.  It's the lovely clean air that we breathe nowadays that lets the blackspot spread.  Swings and roundabouts!


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 13:36

Sterling work FB - as you say, if you do it when others aren't posting it's not bumping them up.  

Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight - you've earned it!

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