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Talkback: Wild garlic

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 14:13

Apologies for a second reply but I had to ask my friend who introduced me to Wild Garlic.

The law apparently is that we can pick the leaves, and you need a lot of them if you want to use them as food. We are not allowed to dig up plants from woods. She, like me grows a lot of it and got her plants on line from "Jekka Herbs"at great expense as the postage was as much as the 4 plants she received!! I thought it was a joke as they are soooo easy to grow and multiply before your eyes!!

The garlicky smelling plants with small onion like white bulbs with leaves similar to spring onions are Chives. They have lilac flowers on a stalk like a lollypop. And yes, you can eat them. The flowers are delicious in salads.

There is a similar herb with white flowers but flat chive like leaves which is used in stir fries called "Chinese Chives"

For more details, the RHS herb site is excellent.

I hope this was helpful and enjoy growing and eating them

Talkback: Wild garlic

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:37

Yes, Google "wild Garlic", you'll be pleasantly surprised

Helping Solitary Bees - will they all nest in flower pots?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:39

As Leadfarmer says, halves of broken flower pots on soil on top of dried moss and grass does work, especially if they have access like a drainage hole on top.

Bumble Bee Feeder

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:31

"Bumble bee feeder" does not sound familiar, if you mean feeder to revive them in the spring ,when the look a bit drowsy, I have a small, shallow plant pot saucer filled with sugared water. It has a couple of flint stones in it . It is next to bigger water filled saucer for smaller birds as they do not get a look in in the birdbath. But I have seen them drinking from the smaller dish too.It does get used by the bumble bees alot more in early spring.


What shrubs are these?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:11

the third one looks like a rock rose.

Whats the secret to beautiful hanging baskets ?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:00

They are STUNNING Daintiness, made me smile with pleasure

Using waste water

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:36

Hi Archipem, what do you call council recycling bins?

Our council gives us nothing for free. In fact I had a VERY  bad experience with the green waste collection. They emptiedthe plastic bags(there were 4 guys doing it) and one of them proceeded to tear not one but THREE of the plastic bags. My neighbour saw him do it too. When I went out and asked him not to do it, he was very aggresive toward me. They all turned their backs on me and drove off.

To add insult to injury, when I complained the response was even more insulting. My concern was NOT addressed at all and I was reminded that I could "purchase additional bags from the library. We do not replace lost or stolen bags....." So in which catagory does bags torn by the Croydon Council employee come in , I wonder.

I felt quite threatened by their behaviour  and I suppose if I had been a young man they would not have treated me in this manner.

Grape vine newbie.

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 21:55

Yes Philippa, I blanch them and tray freeze them, then I carefully put them into plastic boxes in the freezer. Make sure you use leaves that are not too young nor too tough. 

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:00

Good on you Jack, I like your way of thinking.It gives me great pleasure to meet young enthusiastic gardeners like you.Lately, in the road I live in has seen a bit of movement with a few oldies like me moving to their final resting place and new young and enthusiastic neighbours moving in. It is a small road with 29 dwellings and the occupants of the houses, like me, tend to be young people who stay a while and bring up their families. Those that have lived here a while usually pop over to welcome new neighbours and offer help. We have had four new ones and they seem to be interested in gardens, trees, veggies etc. They do not need to concrete the front gardens(thank God) as we all have drives for their cars! It will be lovely watching(and perhaps helping) them.

Whats the secret to beautiful hanging baskets ?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 17:01

My neighbour does hanging baskets every year to die for. He says that you need to follow 5 main points, good compost, copious watering(h2o crystals do help) good size basket, lots of feeding and dead heading ++++.I think warmth and light helps too!

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