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Are they any good?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:59

If I can be bothered to move my self today, I am going to empty the rotol into the top of the tardis.  That frees some space for the contents of a builders bag into the rotol.  Last turn also gets some rock dust mixed in, for the worms to work. It won't get used until next spring. The load I used this year seems to be supercharged. The Salvia Amistad are five foot tall from cuttings. The only difference this year is the compost when planting out used had rock dust mixed in it for the final worm working/maturing phase.

I was using rock dust only on the veg patch, mixed with FYM. It gave good results. I think it works best after worms work it with a source of organic matter. I had a bucketfull left over which I mixed in the compost heap when I filled it last Autumn.

The new apple trees will get some with their mulch this year.

All muck and magic.

comfrey and fertilizer

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:19

Any ideas of nutrient content?

Comfrey has a high potash content, good for flowers and fruit.

Nettle has a high nitrogen content, good for green leafy veg and brassicas.

Wedding flowers planning

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:12

Dried delphinium petals make lovely  biodegradable confetti.

Charity shops have  vases for one or two pounds each.  Jam jars of sweet peas on each table are lovely.

 Because of the vagaries of the weather, for a specific date you have to plant a series of the same flowers to stagger the harvest dates. Last year I planted gladioli in April May and June 1st, to get cut flowers for October 10th. It meant I had excess gladioli, cutting from July all the way through to October.

This year I promised sweet peas for someone for mid July. Previous five years, it would have been a no brainer. This year, we made it, but it was a close run thing because of the cold wet May and June we had.

Wedding flowers planning

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:04

A few questions.

Where  and when is the wedding? Colour scheme.?

Do you need table decorations, bouquets, buttonholes, hair decorations for flower girls or what?

I can't get any connection out of that link

The book people have a number of books on wedding flowers.

Are they any good?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:54

With daleks, I lift the whole thing off like a jelly mould, and then throw it back in to the empty one. That way if it is a bit dry you can wet it as you go. If it is wet and soggy , I mix in some dry stuff.

 It does mean that you need a bit of space for the composting area.


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:34

Is it a hot lips? hotlips larger plants are hardy here in the East Midlands. A rooted cutting may not be. I would give it some protection the first winter if you can.


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 22:32

It depends on what salvias they are. Some are hardier than others.  Rooted cuttings I would keep in a cold frame over winter to give them some protection, even if they are the hardy type. Cuttings of Amistad would need to be kept frost free.

Identify this plant/fruit/nut

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 17:20

Definitely a wisteria.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:32

I summer pruned all the dwarf apples. Then blocked the shredder with the prunings. I surprised a small mouse on top of one of the builders bags of compost.

Is this Konjac?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:27

Nice colour. Does it stink?

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