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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:56

Put it this way Kef, out of 6 plants put in, none survived the winter.   They were not waterlogged. It is very free draining sandy soil.  they just don't like the -10c frosts we get around here. South Yorks?. Well as I drive up the M1 to sheffield, the temp usually drops at least 3 degrees , so If you want to see them next year, I would pot them and take them in for the winter.

tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:43

We have two nesting boxes on the house and garage wall. last year they both had blue tits in. This year we noticed some odd behaviour of bumblebees dancing around the entrance to the boxes. I have uploaded a photo. I think they are tree bumblebees, although these are a recent immigrant, starting in the new forest in 2001 and we are north of the Trent.

Nettle Fertilizer

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:24

I agree with bob.

Nettle = Nitrogen= lots of green leafy growth.

Comfrey for stuff that flowers like beans, and tomatoes.

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:01

Worst job is digging out bindweed. I do every year and it never seems to get less.

Dont buy any green compost frem Erewash council.

Guess where I sent all the roots.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:53

mmm hardy Gerberas--- (in cornwall) Def not hardy in Nottingham

rasperberry Canes

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:22

Red Dahlia. I have an escaped raspberry, that tunnelled under a path and came up by the slabbed area next to the fence.  It has fantastic large berries on it so I left it and just tie it back to the fence. The little girl next door is diabetic and not allowed sweets, but she is allowed fruit so I let her help herself to the raspberries.

If yours is fruiting I would just feed it and keep it watered. It will be dry under the conifer but raspberries don't mind shade. If you want to move it do it late autumn. You have to cut the shoots down so you will lose next years fruit.

If you really like raspberries there are many new varieties, you could give them a designated bed.  Raspberries you grow yourself are so much nicer than those in tiny expensive punnets in the supermarkets.

MOB rants

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 08:12

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:35

I only had a few strawberries. Not enough to go with ice cream, so I made Pimms instead.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 19:42

I've just cut a bunch of sweet peas. They are doing much better than last year.

Seaweed Feed

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 19:38



Scientific Name(s): Symphytum officinale L., S. asperum Lepechin, S. tuberosum L., Symphytum x uplandicum Nyman. Family

: Boraginaceae (Borage)

Common Name(s): Comfrey , bruisewort , blackwort , knitbone , radix consolidate , Russian comfrey , slippery root

Uses of Comfrey

Therapeutic use of comfrey is limited because of its toxicity. A limited number of clinical trials show short-term efficacy of topically applied, alkaloid-free comfrey preparations in skin

abrasions and inflammatory conditions. Although not examined in clinical trials, comfrey may possess antifungal and anticancer activity.

Comfrey Dosing


use of comfrey is not supported because of potential hepatotoxicity. Additionally, because externally applied alkaloids are well absorbed and detected in the urine, topical use of comfrey should not exceed an alkaloid exposure of 100 mcg/day. Limited trials have evaluated the efficacy of alkaloid-free preparations for topical use; however, these studies do not report on hepatic laboratory indices of study participants.


Comfrey is not recommended for internal use because of the hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid content. Patients with hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to the plant should avoid external use. Use is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation, in infants, and in patients with liver or kidney disease.


Contraindicated because of documented adverse effects. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids have abortifacient effects and increase the risk of fatal hepatic veno-occlusive disease. Animal experiments have detected alkaloids in breast milk




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