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Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:23

No, I had to go out and get the fish, and the frozen peas to go with it.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:20

Orchid lady, Are they in the house?. They sound like not enough light and too much heat.

planting maiden apple trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:18

I think its too late for bare root trees , but you can plant containerised fruit trees at any time, provided you remember to water frequently during the first year.

Ants in compost bin

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:55

It even works with recycled cola .!!. 

Any kind or urine added to a heap keeps it damp and adds nitrogen to speed the composting process.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:47

I thought of you yesterday, orchid lady. This was in the conservatory at Hidcote.



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:32

I had a good day pricking out seedlings, and shuffling plants from greenhouse to polytunnel, and polytunnel to hardening off area.

OH wanted to help, so I sent him to the supermarket for a bag of frozen peas and a loaf of bread. Next time I'll make a list. He came back with four pints of milk and three loaves.

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:26

Sorry, Autumn, but in the midlands area of  England, Equisetum arvense is often called marestail. The RHS acknowledges this on its website.  I think that shows the importance of using latin binomial system, then we all know what we are talking about.

There is no way I would add it to a compost heap, as the tiniest bit will regrow.

My mother has been battling it for over 55 years. It comes through tarmac, and it doesn't  matter how much its pulled it still comes back. She has free draining neutral sandy soil. The only cure we have found is stamping on it and then spraying with glyphosate.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:08

I only spray the lilies early on. It lasts six weeks. It will be about 8 weeks before they flower. That shouldn't affect the bees.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:40

I squashed two today, and sprayed all the lilies with provado. The beetles seem to be early this year. I squashed the first one before the lilies had poked their shoots through.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 19:44

bluebells at Felley priory.

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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 14:54

The glory of Daffodils

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Last Post: 08/04/2014 at 01:32

Talkback: Growing kale

This year I have sown seaweed kale,cavolo nero, and brukale. I sow one seed to a module in the polytunnel, then plant out 30cm or a foot apa... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 13:08

I am a sniffer.

What leaves do you like to smell? 
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Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 18:13

For hellebore enthusiasts.

John Masseys garden is open this Saturday behind Ashwood Nursery. 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 20:27


intended trip on Wednesday 12th February 
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Last Post: 17/02/2014 at 18:33

unusual bird nest

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Last Post: 03/01/2014 at 20:21

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

magazine/newspaper offers of plants or seeds for the cost of postage. 
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Last Post: 17/09/2013 at 17:09

Bug id please.

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Last Post: 03/09/2013 at 16:05

odd aquilegias.

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Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 14:22

tree bumblebees in a bird box

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Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 13:29

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Pure rain v ordinary sprinkler. 
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Last Post: 04/07/2013 at 20:59

How would you describe your garden?

typesof garden 
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