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Ensete ventricosum

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:43

Wyevale garden centre near me has reduced all bananas f rom 15 quid to 5

I bought one last year reduced like this. I overwintered it in the greenhouse, potted it on in the spring. It is now huge.

You will need somewhere frost free to overwinter it. 

How do I get rid of earwigs?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 23:38

Try rolled up corrugated cardboard, placed in strategic points. Leave overnight.  They hide in the ridges. In the morning drop the whole thing in a metal bucket or incinerator and set fire to it.

Trying to identify some seedlings/saplings

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 20:10

Plum suckers coming from the rootstock.  Tear them off the root as low down as you can. If you leave them they will not give the same fruit as that of the top graft


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:31

I have racked 5 gallons of sweet blackberry wine. Too sweet for me, but it should make good mulled wine.

I have made 11 jars of blackcurrant jam, and sieved some to make 5 jars of blackcurrant syrup. The kitchen even looks reasonable. It usually looks like a chain saw massacre after I've made blackcurrant jam.


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:20

take it easy , Pat.

Can I grow veg next to Bracken?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:40

As for spores on the veg... Washing the veg under a tap should get rid of them.


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:38

SGL I think if you have kids, the spiralizer would be great. It could keep them busy for a while.   It washes up easy enough (I bought one from lakeland. )



Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:34

Well we have had no pasta in six months, so this way he can have a few pasta dishes without the carbs. I can make rice out of caulifowers so that goes with curry.

I'm not as strict as he should be , I still have odd cake or biscuit at work. Main thing I have cut out is bread and pasta. I feel a lot better for it,less bloated. Maybe its the gluten thing... although I would say its intolerance if anything and not allergic like a coeliac.

I have lost a stone without really trying....

 If anyone does a lot of baking, muffins etc, Poundland have a great range of Jane Asher  stuff in, mixes, toppings, cake holders, bun trays, mixing bowls etc. I bought a couple of tray bake non stick tins, mainly because I thought they would be good for other stuff in oven, they are about an inch deep.

I have stripped one bush of blackcurrants this morning.. I had better get on and jam them.  It looks like rain here. Big black clouds have come over.

plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:23

I think the first is a n almost dead hydrangea. It need a feed and lots of water.

Second one may be hemerocallis, but as obelix says, lots of things look like that until they flower.

Unknown anaphylaxis

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:19

The plant looks like Jasmine.    Jasminum officinale

Its not a usual cause of allergic reactions, indeed the oil is often used in perfume and aromatherapy.

That said, it is possible to become allergic to almost anything.

 Do you have any cow parsley type plants in the garden that you may have brushed against, or any euphorbias?

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