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Garlic wars!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 14:44

I think birds sometimes pull them out - they certainly do this with newly planted shallots - in order to peck at the soft earth and beasties underneath. Once the garlic is well established they won't be able to do this, but in the meanitme you can protect it with fleece, netting etc.

christmas parcel

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 14:39

I think the size limits on a "small parcel" have gone up but the weight bands are the same - if it weighs over 1kg you may find cheaper options elsewhere. I respect the Royal Mail and like to support it but I have recently resorted to a certain popular courier firm who will collect from our door or from a named "safe place" and will do the same at the other end - and it's tracked.

Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:11

You're right, though, the advice does rather suggest that the plants can huddle together like sheep or penguins to conserve their body-heat.

I suppose there would be some protection from the cooling effect of frosty winds. But as remarked already, the main benefit would be that youcould then protect the whole cluster with a layer of bubble-wrap or something.

indoor herbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:21

Basil - yes absolutely, I have some in my kitchen now that's been grwoing for a couple of months since I bought it at a supermarket.

Sage is not generally sold in supermarkets as it's too big and leggy, but if you can get some established out of doors, it's hardy and you can use it in the winter. Or if you get a sprig or two, you can dry or freeze the leaves.

Identifying orchard tree varieties

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:17

You can send apple samples off to Brogdale for identification, but there's a charge for this.

Talkback: Winter flowers and bumblebees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 16:55

Bess will come out to feed any time the weather is warm enough - some are still around now when the sun shines. Ivy is an important food plant for them at the moment. I've also seen bees on the white flowers of Fatsia, and in the clematis (Freckles). It's surprising what they can find at any time of year.

Label what label

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 22:06

Yes, it sounds like oxalis and I think it's pretty tough. We have some of this in odd places in our borders and it seems to keep coming back each year.

Use off used compost

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 22:04

I sometimes leave the old compost in the bottom half of the pot and replace the top layer with fresh stuff to get the new plants off to a good start. The rest of the old compost can be used as a soil conditioner elswhere in the garden.

And listen, there is no need to apologise for asking a simple question. As someone else has said, the only stupid question is the one you are too afraid to ask.

Every time someone asks a basic question, lots of other people read the answer and think, "Ooh, I'm glad he asked that, I was wondering too!"

GW free tulips in oct issue

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 20:40

Welll, I tried to order these bulbs on 29 Oct and found the webiste charged me £5.60 for the bulbs pllus £4.95 for postage, which is not what the offer on the website says. I e-mailed them, and have had only an acknowledgement so far. But reading these accounts of mouldy bulbs makes me think perhaps I'm well out of it!

Leaf Mould!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 17:45

Great, I hope the rain keeps off for you.

In the meantime, perhaps you should get your PR consultant to reconsider your choice of trade name ...

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