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Talkback: Digging beds and borders

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:38

Horse manure should be stacked,and covered with a tarpaulin or similar, and rotted before applying around plants. It should have no smell. Fresh manure will burn soft green shoots, although I believe the lumps, as it leaves the horse, are ok around rose bushes, as long as it doesn't touch the stem.

Daphnes - do they self seed?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 19:05

I had several seedlings from jacqueline postill, but every time I tried to lift one to pot on for a better position, it died.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 23:03

Did I read recently that Children in need had 90 million quid in reserve? about 4 years fundraising? and that the financial managers got around a million last year for their services in managing it?

If anyone has any spare cash, this girl needs some urgently. Her parents want to send her to America for proton beam therapy. They are willing to sell their house, but I don't believe that should be necessary. The NHS will take eight weeks to think about it, which will be too late.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2834450/Couple-desperate-race-sell-family-home-fund-daughter-s-cancer-treatment-doctors-say-won-t-live-Christmas-without-it.html

There is a link to a fund raising page.

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 20:15

I have cut mine down and lifted, even though only the tops were frosted. They then have to be kept dry in the crowns or they will rot.

If they are large you can prop them upside down so any sap drains out of the stalks. This can be in a garage or shed.

Advise on sourcing Live Moss for growing inside

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 20:55

There was something on a monty don programme, where you liquidise gently moss with water and those water retaining granules (methylcellulose... same as wallpaper paste) Then you paint the slurry on to where you want it to grow, and keep in damp and in the shade.

does anyone know what these are?

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 18:39

The first time I saw a blue fairy wren in Western Australia, I thought I was seeing things.  They look like our wren that has been dipped in fluorescent blue chalk.

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2011/08/fairy-wrens-eavesdrop-to-avert-danger

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:28

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63646.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 dreaming of warmer climes

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 23:33

I've got some Salvia patens (dark blue). Can be grown as an annual, or overwinter the roots like a dahlia for a better show in year 2. PM me your address and I'll pop some in the post.

Brugmansia cuttings.

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:24

Cut it down to about 6 inches, and use the prunings for cuttings. You will need to keep the original plant frost free, damp only, not bone dry, and def not wet.

Cuttings are quite happy in the kitchen window. if a really bad frost is threatened , I move them away from the window, onto the draining board overnight.

Kef if the rooted cuttings are in small pots, I would keep them in the house in a coolish spot over winter.

plant ID please

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:20

Its a half hardy perennial, but usually treated as an annual. It will survive a very mild winter.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 23:04

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

fungi identification please

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Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

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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Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 23:01

SEED COLLECTION AND STORAGE PRIOR TO SWAPPING

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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:53

Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 16:33

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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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 21:09

BARNSDALE GARDEN TRIP.

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Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 19:22

Identification needed

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