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chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 20:21

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 20:17

wait for a dry day  and collect seed and put in a tray to dry on window sill.when dry separate the seed from the chaff and put into paper bag or envelope.Then in  spring sow seeds in a seed tray and place in greenhouse or window sill.water when dry do not over water.when they appear and are still small transplant to pots to give more room to grow.then when few inches taller and looking strong and healthy transplant to garden when fear of frost is gone.(in my area that can be end of April).you will  need to stake them as sometimes they can topple also keep dead heading to prolong flowering.hope that helps ,they are easy to grow,nothing to lose.

Killing Ivy in a Hedge

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:33

My husband who hates Ivy with intensity  has just removed (wearing gloves as ivy is poisonous,makes a skin rash).by hand it s easy just pull and it comes away,where  it becomes a problem is if it is attached to your house and then you will have to watch the mortar does not come away with it!Then you will need a ivy killer of sorts .I don't like poisonous remedies but you ll need one for this task.


Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:25

never pick up a fledgling,leave it where it is as the mother will come back and feed it,(unless of course its in the middle of the road for example)if you move it the parent bird will not come back to it and you will not be able to feed it successfully and it will just die.Hard as it is leave well alone as "mum" knows best.

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:11

I don't think you will,mine usually rot after awhile but someone might know different.I collect the seed on a dry day and keep for next year(if we get a dry day)they are easy to grow and I love this variety .but this year all were stunted and rotted.should of kept some.I also had candy twist.good luck.

Absence of Frogs

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 19:35

some years ago had a lot of frog and toads ,in fact over run with them.Then suddenly they start to die .I and my neighbour found frogs dieing ,they had blood on them . .they then declined drastically and I thought we would not see any more but they came back slowly but their numbers were never the same again.It was reported at the time as some sort of virus.

Duckweed and pond weed

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 10:37

tried that,but it keeps re appearing! small dottie type leaf thing.I saw a big pond with this problem and they dug a small channel of sorts to let the water overflow and depoist the weed on the bank,seemed to work.I am on a smaller scale trying to imitate this by letting the rain water from the butt flow into the pond (when butt is over flowing)so as to wash the D.... stuff out.It keeps the water clear but its still there.Time will tell.


Posted: 07/10/2012 at 10:29

Please bring back Nigel,Thats why I watch Monty in his garden,well partly!

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 16:05

glad to hear your doing so well.It s lovely to hear people getting interested in their gardens how ever big or small.Not many people in my area care about  growing veg .I think they are missing out on pleasure of growing your own food the freshness.Take apples ,I grow mine and in autumn collect from boxes "free" apples left at the roadside.The scent and taste are far better than shop ones and I no longer buy from the supermarket.(I  know this year to be a bit of disaster). good luck with your gardening.

wildlife in the city

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 15:51

we use to have quite a few Hedgehogs but over the last decade they have declined a lot due to the traffic.The last time I saw one he came face to face with a cub fox both looked startled and ran opposite directions.They had come to feast on the slugs and dog biscuits I had put out.

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