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Sting in the Tale

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 13:15

If you haven't listened to this delightful programme, I can't recommend it highly enough.  It's a serialisation of a book about bumble bees, 15 minutes per episode. I have heard the first two and can't wait for the others, 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01s4g6p/Book_of_the_Week_A_Sting_in_the_Tale_Episode_1/

Sting in the Tale

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 13:15

If you haven't listened to this delightful programme, I can't recommend it highly enough.  It's a serialisation of a book about bumble bees, 15 minutes per episode. I have heard the first two and can't wait for the others, 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01s4g6p/Book_of_the_Week_A_Sting_in_the_Tale_Episode_1/

Rhododendron

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 21:12

Yellowing (Chlorosis) is due to lack ofnutrients . this can be because the soil or compost is short of nutrients, or because of waterlogging which can prevent nutrient uptake, or, in the case of acid loving plants, it can be because the soil is alkaline, which stops the roots from absorbing the nutrients. Sequestrene contains nutrients in sequestered form, which is techie for a form allowing them to pass into the roots. Basic sequestrene only has sequestered iron, the main cause of chlorosis. Sequestrene + has a lot more nutrients in this form. 

Digitalis is OK in alkaline soil so use something like miraclegro for a quick pick me up.

 

Rhododendron

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 20:16

Give it a dose of sequestrene. It won't turn the current leaves darker green but new growth should be a lot healthier. If you live in a hard water area use rain  water when possible or else retreat with sequestrene every 8 weeks through to autumn.

tea bags

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 06:45

I have been putting teabags in my compost bins for years and I have never noticed unregraded teabags when using the compost after 6 - 12 months. I don't even bother to remove the tags / string that some teabags have. 

I would not compost the synthetic net-like tea bags (tea pigs?) as I am pretty sure they won't biodegrade. 

Rooting powder

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 17:47

http://www.gardenbanter.co.uk/united-kingdom/40554-shelf-liife-rooting-hormone.html

This is a working version of the link. 

The gist of it is that rooting powder is practically useless, I have always used it but haven't any way of telling whether it works - I have put my failures down to poor technique!

There are two main rooting compounds, indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) and 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA). You can buy only NAA in garden centres, usually in powder form but sometimes as a gel.  IBA is preferred by commercial growers and harder to get hold of- I have bought some on-line - think it came from the USA - was it called Clonex??

I am no expert by any means, and am ready to be contradicted, but from what i understand, the shelf life for NAA in powder form is around four years. It often contains a fungicide and this element may have a shorter life span. I think that the liqquid version of NAA is a lot less - a year or so, but am not sure as to why.

I understand that IBA has a shelf life when dry of three years, but is usually applied wet, either in alcohol or water, and like NAA, in this form its shelf life is a lot lower. 

Can anybody give me answers to what these plants are please???

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 19:01

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehazell2000

This is the link, but I have failed on every one of them!  

ground frost warning

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:55

Just need to get through tonight - the lowest forecast temperature of the week - just when my apple, pear and plum blossoms have started to open out. All my trees are dwarf - 6 ft or less (stepovers) so I have covered them all up as best I can. From tomorrow onwards it is a few degrees warmer - I'd hate myself if I tok a chance and woke up in the morning to see a ground frost.

Benefits of artificial grass for a garden.

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:46

Garden toupe!

Plants to attract butterflies

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:34

They love it!

(Think you meant verbena bonariensis. )

 

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