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Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:40

I'm hoping he will trim tonight and I can plant after, but at the moment he's sorting out someones  messed up 3D scan of a balcony rail.Emergency job,they want it yesterday. It appears that the man that scanned it doesn't know how to open the software.  If you spend £100 k on laser scanners and £50k on the software, why do the accountants think they are saving money by cutting out the £3k training course?

More good guys

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:31

What area are you in, greencab?

Plat/Weed Identification Please.

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:27

Mine invade through the hedge. If you let if flower, you'll find out its pretty invasive.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:48

I cleared a load of couch grass from a patch of clay. then I dumped 5 trug bucketfuls of FYm on it and forked it in. I know the couch will come back, but at least it should be easier to fork next time. OH is going to trim the hawthorn at the back of the border, then I will plant the Bishops children dahlias there for this season to see what I've got. A lovely magenta purple one has opened. Cant plant until he's trimmed, otherwise his size 12 boots will stomp all over it. He's not very balletic in the borders.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:36

Otherwise you get scabious come up as antirrhinums!!!!!

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:26

Sage for stuffing.


Lots of mint... spearmint for mojitos and pimms. Applemint for mint sauce.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:24

Seeds are coming ready now on some early flowering plants. For anyone interested in seed swapping later on in the year, here are some tips.

Collect on a dry day when the seeds are ripe.

Collect into a PAPER bag and not plastic, which will send seeds mouldy.

Store in a dark dry place.

Start saving junk mail envelopes to recycle as packaging.



Seed Exchange

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:18

Later on i will have pompom aquilegias, eryngiums, Linaria purpurea, and various assorted salvias.. The hellebores all went out as fresh because they have to be sown immediately.

Seed Exchange

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:15

This early on in the season, I think its best if everyone interested saves seeds, labelled with variety if known, into Paper envelopes(a good use for all that junk mail) and not plastic. Then we should start listing in August. otherwise it all gets very  messy. Remember seeds have to dry off on the plant as much as possible. eg lupins are ripe when the bottom pods on the spike start to open and the seeds are black. if you collect too early the seeds will not be viable. Last year I had some green seeds sent to me in plastic, and surprise surprise, they never germinated.

Plant swapping is easiest on forum outings. i wouldn't like to send molly in a bucket through the post.

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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