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BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:38

Yes, but isn't the Voice that of Shoeless Joe , played by Ray Liotta! 

Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:30

Try opening the file and then saving it as a jpeg or gif file. That often reduces the file size dramatically without noticeably affecting quality. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:27

Oh all right then! I couldn't remember - had to look it up. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:12

Sorry Geoff but I have to deduct a point. It was from the Field of Dreams but it was Ray Liotta (Shoeless Joe Jackson) who made the quote, not Kevin. I am sure Mrs Geoff will concur!

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:04

Give that man a star!

Did you see the film? Seeing boarders arriving steadily brings to mind the slightly unreal scene where the crowd of spectators gradually assembles at the field where the baseball game is about to be played.

Moving roses

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 13:56

I think it does. Something to do with rival mycorrhizal organisms in the soil that develop as the rose develops and they reach an uneasy balance. If you remove the rose and weaken its root system then when you replant it the soil organisms are too strong for it.

I may not have got that quite right, but in any case it does not matter, as there is a product licenced by the RHS that you sprinkle onto the rose roots. It contains friendly mycorrhizal organisms that enable it to stand up to the soil organisms until the rose has developed its own defences. It's called Rootgrow: 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 13:46

"If you build it, they will come" 

with acknowledgement to......?/???

spirea bridal wreath

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 13:40

Take softwood cuttings in June or July. Use lateral growths, i.e. ones that have grown sideways from a main upright stem. Choose material that is at least 6 inches long, take a heel cutting, trim off stringy bits at the base using a very sharp knife such as a Stanley knife. remove the leaves from the bottom third, and you can also remove the very soft bit at the top. Dip the base in hormone rooting compound and insert it in a compost / sharp sand or compost / vermiculite mix, compress the mix lightly to remove air pockets, water it and cover with a freezer bag. Keep out of direct sunlight. the cuttings should root within eight weeks. 


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 13:15

A method of improving water retention is to remove it from its pot and trim an inch or so from all round the rootball using a serrated knife (I use a knife used to cut plasterboard - costs less than £2 and has a stout handle and deeply serrated teeth). Then mix water retaining granules with fresh compost and pack this around the gap between the rootball and pot. Make sure it is regularly watered from summer until autumn. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 11:03

I like the idea of a photo thread where we can show off our favourites etc..

Chickens I'll pass on. OH is terrified of them - something to do with a bad childhood experience - even when they are dead.  She will just about tolerate eggs so long as they are rubbery, but the only time I enjoy a meal with chicken or duck is when we eat out!! 

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