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Hester Scott

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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.


Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:55

Gosh, you guys are getting me excited about wine making again.  It was so long ago and my old farmhouse kitchen so cold it was hard to keep the wine fermenting and most got poured down the sink, too horrible for even me to drink.  I had two wonderful successes tho.  One was, yes, gooseberry, and the other was gorse.  Nobody in Dublin seems interested and I can't find any suppliers of equipment.  I recycled the demijohns and I'm sure the procedures, materials are much better now.....those horrible campden tablets that wouldnt crush!

last year I got totally carried away making syrups, cordials.  My best was rhubarb, so pretty to look at, easy and adaptable and not too sweet.  Found a bottle last week, still terrific.  I count it one of the successes of the allotment last season.

Plant sometimes commonly called Bumble Bee plant/Bee plant/shrub?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 22:51

I'm sorry if my posts struck a wrong note.  Certainly far from my intention.  

We all have plants we call all sorts of names, perhaps our parents called them that?

and we all have vast areas of unknowing and inexperience and the great thing about this site is that there are people here who do have that experience and are generous enough to take the time to help.  Less preachilly than me, luckily!

Plant sometimes commonly called Bumble Bee plant/Bee plant/shrub?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 00:10

Gypsophila here, too.  Or now that I come to say it to myself gypsophily which I know isn't right.

as has just been said, the botanical name gives so much help in understanding the plant and it's needs in terms of position, support, soil etc.  for instance, forsythia Formosa comes from a warm forested place so one might guess it needs other tall things to scramble through.  Labradorica would give the idea a plant would cope with cold areas,  and the word racemosa describes it's structure, racemes.  And so on.  But it's great that there is no end to the learning, something like cooking or literature.  Having a name stuck on, like Bowles', or wilsonii, doesn't help much and refers to its discoverer or whoever brought it to these regions.  I believe there is a general guideline in pronouncing the Latin names, and that is , that the second last syllable is the one to be stressed, tho that is far from infallible.  

Plant sometimes commonly called Bumble Bee plant/Bee plant/shrub?

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 23:39

True story this!  My next door neighbours child put a red berry from an arum in my garden in her mouth and started screaming with the burning.  Her mother, panicking rang the poisons unit in the hospital calling the plant Jack in the Pulpit.  The guy with the big book in the hospital told her he had, I think, eleven plants listed with that name!!  One, I remember, was from Tasmania.  Obviously sorted it out in time, but it always think it is a good example of the very good reasons for trying to engage with the botanical names.

Green caterpillars

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 19:23

What a juicy beauty!  Tit' s will just fall on those.

Spring is getting closer.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 22:53

Such a lovely observation about the crocus bulb, Bookertoo!  I think that is what gardening is all about.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 22:48

Forester,  hope you are around next time too and can keep your husband under control and out of my feathers.  Hester

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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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