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The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 11:51

If there is no sign of seed they may have been eaten by mice.  I have to use mousetraps in the greenhouse or I will lose anything pea or bean based. They even cached all the onion seed in one corner of a tray last year.  Using propagator covers helps to keep them about but you have to make sure they're a tight fit.

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 11:48

I have Viburnam bodnantense Dawn. It has pink flowers through most of the mild weather from November to March or April. On a sunny day it will perfume the entire garden.   Prune after flowering to keep it to size required (about 6 ft)

MOB rants

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 11:44

Thats what bugs me about overseas aid to India and various African countries.  If they can afford nuclear weapons, we shouldn't give them anything until they sort out their priorities. Despots in African countries line their swiss bank accounts, but the locals starve and can't have drugs for HIV.

Whilst there are a lot of people who give their time freely to charitable causes, for many it is just another business.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 23:59

After a diving holiday in far flung Papua New Guinea, someone pushed a note in my case while it was being taken to the airport, to ask If I could help with schooling for someone. I made some investigations when I got home and found that girls do not usually get an education in PNG , if there is a boy in the family, he will get it instead.

I found a charity called Kids alive, that 95% of money given is used for education, medicines and food.  I donate £20 a month to sponsor a girl in PNG. at Wewak For this she gets an education, a main meal each day, and medical care.

 An american woman called Shirley Killoskey is an angel who is setting up a school, and an infrastructure so that the village can help themselves.  A little money to us (equivalent to 2 cappucinos a week),  can transform the life of someone with so little. 

To see a group of children share a cold can of coke , and be so happy to receive a gift of a lollipop made me ashamed that our children in Britain, have so much but are never satisfied, always wanting more.When people here talk about poverty I laugh. Poverty is having no electricity, no food but what you can catch or trade for,

no refrigeration,sanitation, fresh safe water to drink. here we seem to think that poverty is not having a wide screen tv, or a new car.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 23:37

Nanny gardener ---My runner beans were planted in 3 inch pots of levington m3 last bank hol monday. They were up within 7 days . I hardened them off last week and planted them in the ground on  Monday this week. they're now beginning to climb.

You still have time to try again, but I'd get fresh compost and beans.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:48

I refused a chugger at the door claiming to collect for cancer research.  Her reply was

 Don't you want a cure for cancer then?

Yes I do, but I don't want 98% of what I give going to the industry that is charity collection.

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:43

Her in Nottingham the Oaks have just come into leaf. I reckon they're a month behind.

I an digging up stray potatoes from last year which just show signs of growth. Normally any strays would be 6 inch high by now.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:06

Some years ago after the boxing day tsunami I contributed to the DEC ( Disasters Emergency Committee made up of a number of charities.) They sent a receipt where my name was spelt wrongly.  Ever since I must get at least one appeal a week through the post from the mailing list generated by them. All from different charities, but all with my name spelt the wrong way.   I will not contribute to any of these again, as so much must be spent on fundraisers salaries, postage etc. Little if any of my money gets to where it is meant.   I always give to the Sally Army, for two reasons. My grandad said that during WW2 when he was on the front line, they would have starved if it wasn't for the Sally Army.  Also his mother was a SA major, came from London to educate the heathens of shirebrook  (and ended up marrying one)  I also give to the RNLI.  If someone went round with a collecting tin when they launched the St Ives lifeboat, all the onlookers would surely dig in their pockets. It brought me close to tears that these men risk their lives in rough seas for no recompense whatsoever.Every time I go out in a boat, I feel a little safer knowing they are there If needed. They at least deserve the best equipment.

Any advise welcome

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 22:35

I find heavy clay responds best to loads of well rotted Farm yard manure, compost or other humus  such as cheap growbags.The fibre stops the clay sticking together into a large lump.About a 50/50 mix if possible.

Weed problem

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 22:21

Or cut off all the flowers and seed heads carefully so you don't spread more seed, and then  use glyphosate weedkiller to get down to the roots. This will take about 4 weeks though and you need a calm day to spray.

Or fork them out making sure you get every little bit of root. Whatever you do, don't rotavate. It chops up all the roots into bits and you get thousands.

Burn or send the roots in the brown bin to the council.

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