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Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:37

I've never seen one, touch wood.

I think that the best reason ever for growing as much as possible from seed and not importing plants. 

Does anyone know if the eggs survive the composting process for the rubbish that is being sold back to us as recycled compost?

First time greenhouse

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:30

It will pay for itself in a few weeks if you only grow a few trays of salad leaves. It keeps them off the floor, no soil splash, less slug damage, less bird damage.

Help! Interested in taking a look at my new gardening social network site?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:27

Not somewhere I'm planning on going.

I'll stick with gardeners World, Ta very much.

Young Pear Tree Help!

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:18

I'd let it flower. If it sets fruit, take them all off except one. That shouldn't harm the tree and it will give you a taste of what is to come.

First time greenhouse

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:16

Yes , yes, yes. And when you get the bug and want a big real greenhouse you won't have wasted a lot of money.

can this work as ingredients for compost?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:14

If you have no real garden waste, I would go to Edds vermicomposting for beginners thread and go with that. Have you got any worms in it at all?  If not, do you know anyone with a good compost heap that can let you have a bag of brandlings to get started with.

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:05

A grandiflora will not flower at 2m tall. My grandiflora Exmouth is 25 year old and has been flowering  sporadically through the last ten summers.  It is as tall as the house and the flowers can be seen from the upstairs bedroom window.keep the surface roots well mulched with well rotted compost or farm yard manure.

A much better magnolia for a small garden is M. Soulangeana . Try the garden centres. They will have them in big tubs already in flower. My soulangeana has flowered regularly from about three year old.

Newbie vs Weeds

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:23

You can get a special weed n feed for lawns from the garden centre. It kills broad leaved weeds but not grass. You should not put the mowings on the compost heap after you have used this.

Conifer producing dusty clouds

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:21

I thought it was the sand from the sahara

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:31

I paid with tesco vouchers for some seeds and added on 3 plugs of rozanne geranium as a special. Deliver before end of march. They came on Saturday last. bone dry.3rd doesn't seed to have any roots. I doubt it will make it.

 The coin is a £2 used for comparison. They're not what I would call superplugs.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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