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Dahlia cuttings

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 21:32

unless you can keep them frost free, they'll die back in winter. They probably have some form of tuber already, it doesn't take long. Let them  dry out after they die back, keep them frost free, shed, garage etc and wait until spring, Start to very lightly water in spring and they'll be well away. Painted lady is a good " dooer" , bulks up quickly.

Shed tiles...

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 09:18

I'd agree with Fishy. There are some very good roofing 'felts' on the market. I'd consider that and have more left in the kitty for another part of the project.

BTW, when do we get to see some pics Steve?

GW Last week

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:50

I'd not mind living to be 100 if I had even half her energy. I especially loved the way she has plans for " next year" Go Girl. !!

GW Last week

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:38

I caught up on last Friday's GW last night. I just wanted to say what an inspiration the 99 year old gardener was. I take my hat off to her. She was lovely.

Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:35

I now work for Waitrose. I love my job and the company but it galls me to see blueberries from Guatamala, avocados from Peru and even apples from New Zealand. But , and Mike says, it's all about Supply and Demand. Gone are the days of eating seasonal, locally produced fruit.

The flip side is that for years we've told " developing countries " to " trade their way out of poverty" So after Kenya , for example, invests millions in infrastructure to produce crops, do we turn our back on them to save on " food miles"??

unknowns plants

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 07:12

No 2 is definitely Parthenocissus Quinquifolia as Swiss Sue says. I'd also suggest it's planted too close to the wall , in what looks like a very narrow bed. It'll struggle for water there, so either move it or keep the watering can handy.

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 07:09

Stephen Fry please.

Water Butt Smelling Stagnant

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:01

I find a well fitted lid keeps out light, mosquitoes and keeps water fresh. Seemples. 

Water Butt Smelling Stagnant

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:00

looks suspiciously like advertising to me.

Plant ID help

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 19:29

I'm old enough to remember when it was Senecio laxifolius, and also Senecio Greyi.

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