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Ornamental Sage

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 12:30

I'd assumed this was a type of Salvia officinalis - but maybe not

This should help identify whether you have a frost-tender variety or not

Ornamental Sage

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 12:20

It'll sit and wait for spring - don't let it get too soggy at the roots- that's what kills sages - good drainage, gritty soil is best.

 In the spring cut it right back , find it a sunny spot and stand well back 

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 12:18

Think nail polish remover would dissolve the labels too - I'd try Monty's fine wire wool. 

Growing Mushrooms

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 11:47

From time to time when accompanying me to the GC, my OH stops in front of the stand selling various mushroom growing kits - he sometimes expresses an interest in doing this.

I remember my parents taking delivery of a load of spent mushroom compost for the veg garden and the following year we harvested loads of free mushrooms.  The same thing happened on a nearby playingfield one year after spend mushroom compost had been used on the turf - we all filled our freezers.

I also remember my parents growing mushrooms in beds of horsemanure in sheds on the farm years ago - I remember a lot of concern about maintaining the correct temperature etc.

There seem to be many options available from the garden centre and they imply that it's all quite straightforward - as you know I love cooking, and would welcome as many edible fungi as OH could provide.

Has anyone tried one of these kits, and what were the results please?


Posted: 27/11/2013 at 11:24

We'll leave coffee and cakes outside the door Matty 

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 11:23

Most of them are actual aids to slimming FB  - but some will be especially fattening for OH - he's a skinnyribs who requires regular stoking with carbs.

And  I might take one to my son tomorrow as his wife is in Riyadh on business - a bit of Mum's home cooking might be appreciated - mind you, he's a jolly good cook himself but he'll be busy with her being away.

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 11:02

I shall be making pasties this afternoon - if I make them in Verdun's log cabin, can I legally call them Cornish Pasties? 

gardening jobs

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 10:11

The place where my OH works shares it's site with a GC - he says that one of the most important attributes needed at the GC is to be observant - to notice when plants need watering before they show it - so many times bedding plants are left in the sun to wilt, or watered whether they need it or not and then get botrytis - the observant staff don't let it happen.

Good luck 


Posted: 27/11/2013 at 09:59

Good morning Woody - I agree, much prefer mash to rice for such things - does soak up those juices .  Tidy pots??? How???? Where???? (not to mention when ).

Defibrillator sounds a good idea - lots of villages this way have them apparently.  Next step is to organise training, although apparently you can use them whilst being instructed over a mobile phone.  Still, training is even better I'm sure 


Talkback: Succulent success

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 09:45

Hi, It will need dry frostfree conditions - a cool well-lit conservatory or greenhouse 

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