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Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 15:17

....and here I was thinking you were somewhere like Florida yearning for snowdrops!  🙄         

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:13

Paul, if you are bothered by alligators I am guessing you live in a much warmer climate than most of us on here.  When growing something which is not native I have found it involves a lot of work to try to replicate the needed conditions.  You could try digging in loads of grit before planting "in the green" then cover with mesh to keep out the animals.  Most of the crocuses I planted in the grass this autumn were dug up by squirrels the same night.  


Coffee husks

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 20:45

Thank you Bob, great to hear from someone who knows about it.  I have more than my compost heap can cope with, I have also used it as a mulch.  Is this wise?  Should I dig it in?  How much is too much?

All info greatfully received.


Coffee husks

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 19:01

Thank you both, must try to get some grounds next time I am in a coffee shop.  Still can't find anyone with experience of using the coffee chaff.  Any company which roasts coffee beans ends up with loads of it.  If we can use it it saves it going to landfill. 

Coffee husks

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 19:05

Coffee husks or chaff is the thin papery skin which comes off of the coffee bean during the roasting process.  It is extremely light and apparently full of nitrogen.  I was hoping I might find someone on here with experience of using the product.  Being winter I don't have much green material to mix it with and few worms to pull it into the soil so am thinking of digging it in as it blows around when used as a mulch.

Coffee husks

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 15:12

I have sourced a supply of coffee husks which I intend to use as brown material in my compost heap.  Have any of you used this material?

I would appreciate advice on how else I can use it to raise the organic content of my soil.  Tried it as a mulch but it blew around a lot.  Can I just dig it in?  I don't have many worms unfortunately.

Bird feeder's

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 07:44

Buttercupdays, what an amazing range of birds you have visiting you!  They must cost a small fortune to feed!  Lucky you.  

Leaf mould

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 16:15

I have only read about the wonderful crumbly textured result of successful leaf mould, never achieved it.  I have read that recycled beer/cider acts as an accelerant but the concentration is never mentioned.  Some say they add grass clippings, some chicken manure but again no details. Perhaps it is a secret process known only to the few. 

Any geologists out there?

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 14:12

Dove, you are a mine of useful information, so glad you generously share with us.

Leaf mould

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 14:09

I am usually very patient (gardeners have to be don't we?) but having collected bins full of shredded leaves with my new vac. I really want results in a year, not two.  In the past I have wet unshredded leaves and left them in plastic sacks with holes and eventually ended up using it to mulch the beds.  Now I have the ability to shred I am much more adventurous and want to try to achieve the crumbly texture I have heard about but never achieved.  What works best?  Bin bags or chicken wire?  Should I use an accelerator and if so what?  Any other tips?

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Coffee husks

Anyone been using these in the garden? 
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Leaf mould

Best method 
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Begonia and dahlia bounty

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Unknown shrub

It is flowering now, pretty little honeysuckle like flowers which don't seem to be attracting any insects. It has to be moved so I am contemplating whether or not it is worth saving. Any advice welcomed. Thanks. 
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Chelsea Flower Show

Why was Grayson Perry allowed so much time? 
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Update on new wildlife pond

Three weeks later 
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Small wildlife pond

Is tap water a complete no-no? 
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Cost effective moss killer

Recommendations needed 
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Yet another beautiful day!

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Unusual sight in park

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Edible, poisonous, hallucogenic?

Mystery mushrooms taking over. 
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Should I be afraid?.

Mystery visitor spreading through the border 
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Identification gratefully appreciated

Mystery spreading plant 
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Autumn flowering wallflowers

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Winter project

Magical fairy garden for my granddaughters 
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