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Posted: 28/10/2013 at 20:45

It'll be fine BT - it's just dying down 'cos it's autumn - mine's doing the same.  The soil and FYM mix sounds perfect.  I wouldn't harvest any rhubarb next spring - just a good mulch with some more manure (around, not over the crown) and then in spring 2015 you can start harvesting your rhubarb - it'll be fabulous 

Stink horn fungi

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 20:39

I've never minded them, but if you do the best thing to do is to remove them and any of the immature white 'eggs' - using rubber gloves pop them in a plastic bag, tie it off and put in the bin.  I'd then hoe the area well and try to get the air to the area so that it dries out.  

There's nothing you can treat the area with that won't damage the soil and your other plants, but it won't be long before the colder weather puts an end to autumn fungi for another year. 


Posted: 28/10/2013 at 20:22

Hello folks - we're home   Glad none of you seem to have been blown away and that from a quick skim-read damage hasn't been too bad.  I did a quick check of the back garden with a torch and apart from a stack of empty plastic pots rolling around I couldn't see anything untoward. 

We reached Nut's home safely without aid of a bulldozer or chainsaw, and had a lovely lunch and a natter with her and her lovely OH, and then a wander around the garden where there were lots of lovely smells and seed pods and late autumn blooms,  and much exclaiming over lots of cozy corners just crying out for a hedgehog to love them.  And we saw a Red Kite flying over Nut's gaden - that's two in one week for me 

And lovely Nut sent us home with packs and pods of seeds and some cyclamen coum   I'm very happy indeed.


Posted: 26/10/2013 at 15:22

We're setting off for wildest Lincs.  Please, when I come back on Monday let Verdun be here ........................ 

Take care of each other everyone ((hugs))


Posted: 26/10/2013 at 14:48

He's bullied Verdun because he want's to be Top Dog on here - but this forum is about gardening.  

Verdun is respected because of his gardening knowledge and the generosity with which he shares it - not because he wanted it to be 'his forum' - that's so unlike Verdun.  

Some people just can't cope if someone is popular and well-liked. 


Posted: 26/10/2013 at 14:39

What an unkind thing to do to such a kind man 

To Lime or not to Lime??

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 14:30

If the last chap grew brassicas there may well be clubroot in the soil - liming will help to reduce it.  It's not the end of the world.  It's endemic in lots of allotments.  Lots of info here 


Posted: 26/10/2013 at 14:24

I am devastated - I know that he'd treated Brumbull as a friend and he feels totally betrayed - he has my email although he's never used it so I don't have his.  I do hope he gets in touch.  This is so sad.

What a really nasty piece of work 

what is taking over a border area?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 13:23

When the builders refenced our boundary and shored up the Shady Bank with sleepers, they kept their eyes open for the cyclamen corms, dug them out carefully and put them in a shady corner - they were there for a couple of months before we could replant them but they've all survived.  They must be ages old - a couple were as bit as our round tea tray!

When they first appeared just after we moved here I was so excited - OH says that I squealed with joy 

Insect Identification

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 13:19

I've had a few on rosemary bushes and lavender but I've never noticed any real damage - like you I prefer to live and let live in most cases.  Even the big slugs are welcome here (well, they eat the little ones ).  

I leave them alone and marvel at their beauty - besides, OH is really into beetles.


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