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Hester Scott


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Mulching

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:13

I do think there is a difference between gravel and grit whiich are obtained from a gravel pit and riddled out as part of the process of extracting sand, and gravel which is extracted by dredging the sea floor.  The latter is acknowledged as damaging.  Anybody interested enough can look back to see that it was this method I was concerned about.  Never mentioned cars, lorries etc. and of course it is desire able if it can continue to do good work in the flowerbed.  I don't expect it to leave the planet, but like water, carbon etc the slower and more controlled and responsible this movement is, the better.

Mulching

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 10:29

Hope not digressing too much, but Debra's query on grit brings it to my mind again.  Am I wrong to feel all this top dressing with grit is ecologically a bit off.  Looks lovely on pots, but so much gravel is dredged with what that entails.  Grit is largely unrecoverable for reuse. Would love to know gardener's opinion here.

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 11:54

Cerinthe a great idea, also would not be without cosmos on the plot, only given up this week.  Perhaps not the best choice for cutting, but I love the big tall nicotiana there.  Strangely and contrary to most people's opinion here I would not grow sweet pea as the constant cutting, deadheading is better achieved at home.  I have a big perennial daisy, great for cutting and bringing home.  Coarse green leaves, chrysamthemum something.  I grow the multi flowered sunflower also cut the flowers off the jer. Artichokes.  Also the other artichokes would be good.  Been accused of preachiness, (rightly) but I grow flowers on plot to show the other allotmenteers, that there are alternatives to the dull straight rows of veg. 

Strictly 2014

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 09:06

Agree with Obelixx re jake.  In fact the whole show has become a contest of exaggeration and extreme gymnastics.  Pity.  I'm actually losing interest rather than the other way around, tho it's an improvement when they finally get rid of "the good sports".  I notice in the comments column in the Sunday Times culture section, a reaction of the public away from the present format of phone ins, howling audience, self regarding judges.  It would be great to see the entire kit and caboodle swept away, and re formulated, tho how long did it take for the elderly male compere to go in spite of years of "advice"  from the likes of me?

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 23:40

Edd.  A few posts back you were describing worm compost having lots and lots of tiny white baby worms, as if this was in some way undesirable.  Is this the case?  It certainly is a description of my compost.  In fact I never seem to achieve that lovely loose dry stuff.  So all I use it for is putting handfuls into my regular compost tumbler to  bring it along.  Hester

Strictly 2014

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 11:28

Looking in here for the first time; very entertaining.  The dancers all seem so skilful, how on earth do they remember the steps?  I love watching but only bother for the latter half of the run.  However I do wish it would steady up a bit, a bit hysterical and padded out.  The chats with the blond lady, the tiresome clips of practice etc, Tonioli's self promotion.....boring.  I have it down to a fine art now.  Just time to nip to the kitchen to check the supper, replenish the glass.  I marvel at those two presenters, identical hair, identical teeth, identical smiles, identical figures.  Are they cloned? Saturday will be dreary without it, reruns of Montalbano?

ash from wood burner

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 20:16

Yep.  Apart from nasty stuff in the ash the smoke vapours, whatever,  are destructive and polluting.  That wood is supposed to be disposed of as hazardous waste.  What a hope!

Sweet William seedlings

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 08:29

Thank you, Dove.

Sweet William seedlings

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 06:49

Hope it's ok to butt in here.  Related question.  I bought some wallflower plants recently and have just planted them.  They were bare root and extremely leggy with no sign of branching lower down.  Should I cut them down a bit?  Pinching out does not seem applicable.

ash from wood burner

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 21:32

Think I heard the same, Hostafan.

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