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Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 22:13

When we got back to the boat, we were told off because we were late for breakfast. Yes, but we saw the hammerheads and a manta. If we didn't have the video evidence, no one would have believed us. A few very subdued faces from those that went back early when we showed the video. Guess where we did the after breakfast dive.

Pulmonaria! :)

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:16

Some pulmonarias have better leaves in summer than others. Cotton cool has nice silvered leaves. Margery fish and sissinghurst white have good spots. Pulmonaria rubra is very early and has nice red/pink flowers but the leaves are boring in summer. I have them under a deciduous shrub so they are forgotten about when the shrub is in full flower.

There will be lots in the garden centres in spring, you can split them after flowering to make more.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:10

I saw a school of hammerhead sharks off Osprey reef (part of the great barrier reef) at 30m.  I'm glad I was in the water. OH and me were the only ones that saw them, (and the manta at the cleaning station). Everyone else had gone for breakfast.

for a sleeping octopus

for hammerheads and manta


Recommended Brands

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:03

I have just replaced  my digging fork and have bought Burgon and Ball stainless steel. They look well made and have a 10 year guarantee. My old tools are Wilkinson Sword, but the modern ones with that label are not the same.

Rotting Onions

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 19:55

Bedfordshire champion are good keepers, but to keep well in the winter, they need to have been ripened off properly before storage.


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 19:53

Kelsae or  Robinsons Mammoth are the ones to grow if you want big onions. exhibitors will have already sown, the shortest day is the traditional time, but I sow early February (in a frost free greenhouse) and got big onions. You can prepare the onion bed over the winter. Big onions like a lot of food, and no competition from weeds.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 14:57

Keyser, do you get any other interesting animals in the way of your ROV, or just pipe lines? How deep was the octopus?

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 23:11

Non organic fertilisers just supply NPK.  growmore, sulphate of potash and  ammonium sulphate come into this bracket.

Organic fertilisers supply micronutrients such as selenium, and copper which are only needed in tiny amounts. Its a bit like us living on a diet of boiled rice and fried fish. we would still get adequate protein, fat and carbohydrate but we would be missing all the vitamins and minerals needed in small quantities. Feeding plants on quick fix  inorganics leads to poorer quality veg in my opinion. Also, adding humus back into the soil with compost or manure, stabilises the soil, enhances its water holding properties, and stops sandy soils blowing away in a gale.

Talkback: Leaf mould

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 23:02

I put chicken wire over the top of the builders bags to stop the leaves blowing about.  The almost done leaves from last year have a board over to stop them blowing about now.


Posted: 06/12/2013 at 20:52

Whatever you do, dont try and shred phormium leaves. They just wrap around the blades and clog it up.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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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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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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