Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 06:12

I think that in the long run there will be stricter rules about packaging and only reusable materials will be allowed. In time, uses will be found for the materials we now struggle to recycle. For example, I heard on the radio a few years back that bricks can now be made of plastic suitable to build houses, durable and fireproof. No-one does it, but it could come. I'm no blind optimist, but necessity is the mother of invention and we have to learn a more sustainable lifestyle. Also, frightening though the thought is, it is possible that the west is in permanent economic decline and will be overtaken by eastern countries where wages are lower and industry still flourishes. If so, we'll all be more careful with what we waste!

MOB rants

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 21:35

We're all much bigger than consumers than we were then, of course. When I was a kid, around 1950, my dad had two suits. That's all, apart from the underwear and shirts to go with them. I don't even remember him  wearing a sweater. The suits weren't washable, which boggles the mind a bit.

There wasn't any spare money and we lived simply. There were three cars in our entire street and one television - ours, bought for the coronation. 

When you compare that with today's consumption, its no surprise that there's a bigger problem with recycling.


Posted: 03/03/2013 at 20:05

So it is possible to grow them from seed if you don't mind waiting a few years for flowers?

A beautiful rose that will not flower

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 20:02

Hi, Verdun. I am deeply aware that you know a lot more than me and I'm keen to learn from you. After your post, I did a bit of research, because I had read somewhere that roses grow better in the dryer east of the country. As I understand it, clean air means that they do not get enough sulphur, which makes them vulnerable to black spot fungus. The fungus grows faster in warm, humid conditions, provided best in the UK in the mild, wet west. I do grow roses, though they struggle. I have just (five minutes ago) discovered that there is something called Balance pH Wettable Sulphur which is supposed to be the best way of giving roses back their sulphur and thus preventing black spot from starting.

I'm not pretending I know more than you - I'm just passing on what I found out.

March in your Garden

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 19:22
Sam Glendinning wrote (see)
Learn something new everyday and your day has not been wasted
Im always grateful for any tips

I love learning new things. I only wish I could remember what I learnt! What's my name now...?

Talkback: How to treat peony wilt

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:52

Endabra, the pink buds go at the top. They are the growth buds and you should find about four of them, maybe more. Plant them shallowly, no more than two inches below the soil. Grannybarb, I have just cut mine back, because the new growth has started here in mild Wales.

How can you tell if manure is "well rotted"?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:40

If it does not smell and it started off as manure, it is ready!

MOB rants

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:39

Recycling rubbish is a great ideal but a total pain in the neck to implement. The complications of sorting rubbish mean it all makes a horrible mess and you need a shed to accommodate the various bins! It is also expensive to collect and process. After all that, councils struggle to find anyone to recycle the stuff. Much of it used to go to China on ships that had delivered Chinese goods to us,  but we buy less from China these days so there are fewer empty ships ready to take it. We don't recycle much in this country because actually it is often cheaper to make tings from scratch. Anyway, we no longer have much of a manufacturing industry (now that does warrant a rant!). I, of course, am the best person to advise the government on these matters  and would tell them that the real answer is to provide far less packaging and to nake it all recyclable.

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:27

I quite agree, Lyn!  Scented plants are better in the garden as they are rather heavy and overpowering in the house. I love cut flowers, but wouldn't cut any from my garden because they last so much longer attached to the plant! Bought bouquets are great, better than the finest man-made ornaments, though I don't like dahlias as cut flowers very much; they look oddly crude and earwigs are liable to crawl out of them.

TPO and mature Sycamore - to buy or not to buy

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:18

Susannah, please take what is being said very seriously. Ask the council's expert how old he thinks the tree is and how much larger it might grow. Ask him whether the roots are likely to reach the house and damage the drains or, worse, the foundations. Consider whether you want to cultivate the garden (you will have difficulty) and whether any patio might be pushed up  by roots. This happened to my son. Also consider the resale value of the house - how many potential buyers will be put off by the existence of the tree? If you pull out now, you will (I assume) still have to pay solicitors' fees, but you could lose more if the value of your house is reduced by the fact of the tree. I don't know whether you have to get a survey done if you buy off-plan, but you could get a surveyor to look at the tree and advise on its possible effect on the house. Sorry to be so negative, but please be cautious. This is about your future.




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