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Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 01:22

I found one about fifteen years ago under a heavy pot Here outside Dublin.  I assume it came in with a bought plant.  Never found another here or on the allotment, tho the eggs seem oddly familiar, like berries.

can this work as ingredients for compost?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:24

One thing to try would be turning it, fluffing it up a bit.  Try digging up a few spade fills of ssoil from the borders and adding.  You might get a few worms that way and tiny organisms as it sounds as if it has not really started.  Compost is like yoghurt.  Try to keep going as it would be worth it

Talkback: How to deadhead flowers

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:27

Obviously I will do nothing this year, but should I take the risk later.  I have a Perle d'azure clematis about 20 years old.  It flowers not terribly profusely at the top of tall bushes , so not getting much value from it.  There is a long thick stem which it would frighten me to cut, prune, whatever.  What should I do, please? 

new plant I.D again please new member

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:16

Do you really want it?  Massive tree.  Even young ones are tough and hard to remove.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:17

I put the Tansy in a border with everything else and really, really regretted it!  Nice looking plant but keep it separate as the roots spread everywhere.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:10

Gardenjeannie, sorry for not getting back but couldn't remember the thread. This is from The Allotment Cookbook published by Dorling Kindersley.  I says.... One lb rhubarb cut into short lengths,  350 g granulated sugar, 8 scented pink rose petals, 2 tbsp rosewater, 1 tsp citric acid.   Put enough water in pan to just cover base. Add rhubarb, sugar, petals.  Bring to boil, cover cook for about 20 mins til pulpy.  Strain through muslin or fine sieve, pressing to get max juice.  Return to pan, bring to boil.  Remove from heat and stirr in rose water and citric acid.  Pour immediately into sterilized bottles.  Store in fridge and keeps re a month.

observations.  Nice idea about rose petal but doubt they add anything specially after 20 mins boiling.  It does not make as much as it suggests, but I vary all amounts and times wildly and all works.  As I said still have some nearly a year later, and it's still good, but maybe a fluke as I prob didn't even sterilize.  Don't dilute too much. 

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 00:58

I'm envious of the garden I used to have, lovely clumps of small anemones,  pasqueflowers, special irises.  Where are they now?  Disappeared because of all the "improvements", changes of plan, fits of boredom and ambition.  I'm really regretful that garden centres seem to be getting worse and worse.  It's useless visiting them with any hopes of a purchase of something particular.  They will have hundreds of pots of what they want to sell, and of course endless scented candles, tea towels, dog baskets....... Book shops can get you books you want.  Ask for something you want in a garden centre, and they seem to resent it and think you are showing off or something.

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:21

Thank you, Edd.  Lots of info there.

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 09:39

Looked up the you tube Can o 'Worms and end up screaming in frustration. It definaptly needs to go in the rants thread!  The female of the duo wittering  like an empty headed airhead around the capable macho guy, neither getting all clear.


Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 09:32

Really interested here but still confused on points. A bit dim, Edd, I'm afraid, so would you mind going 1,2,3!    I have a second hand commercial wormery and was only given the info "they will go to where the food is".      1.  Have never added water, but it'all a sludgy mess but packed with tiny baby worms. Never god any of your lovely dry stuff.  What am I doing wrong?  2.  Even tho I only add to the top layer they also crawl down through the layers and drown in the bottom resevoir. I only add stuff as you recommend, and boy do the love mango and vacuum cleaner emptyings.  3dont really get your distinction, bedding, food waste, surely it's the same thing?  4. I obviously haven't got this rotation thing right of the trays in the can o'worms.  my normal composting is faultless. !  I may not have the best worms, I got them from a fishing shop.


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Talkback: Garden pests

For the first time ever I'm considering giving up my allotment, as I have never had a year like it. I must have sown or transplanted peas a... 
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