Jim Macd

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Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:21

 By the way, it's more polite to start your own thread rather than hijack another's thread but this is an old one so I'm sure the OP won't mind. 

I've never had a problem with slugs in this garden especially with wild flowers. If you create a balanced garden you'll get birds and hedgehogs eating your slugs. I think slug pellets should be banned anyway, like we haven't got enough problems with our dwindling wildlife.

Wild poppies don't need any help from people other than being substitute grazers disturbing the soil, called poaching. In other words, the soil needs to be clear for the seeds to germinate. If there's even grass growing they won't germinate. I thought I'd ben lazy and scatter sand in places then seed over this in my meadow to get poppies but it didn't work. You have to dig over the soil.

Dead heading means removing the dead flowers in order to prevent seeds forming so that's the last thing you want to do if you want to collect seed. Let the seed mature in the pod, then, when you see the pods turning brown cut them off, put them on a plate and put the plate somewhere dry, the pods will open and you can shake out the seeds. Store them in the fridge or somewhere with a stable, cool temperature in a paper envelope until Autumn or Spring. Yes, if you throw whole seed pods on cleared ground the seeds will germinate through the rotten seed pods but they'll be over-crowed and so, week plants. So that's not a good idea.

Last edited: 07 June 2017 11:24:34

Weed Killer

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 10:48

I'm organic. 

Weed Killer

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 10:36

I recently had to dig a really deep hole in my garden, and it's amazing how far down Dandelion roots go down, which is why you'll never dig them out unless you've gone a bit crazy.  You've got to just keep hitting them or totally shade them out, but even then they'll hang on by the skin of their teeth for a long time. Good advice I've heard time and time again for your first allotment is to grow potatoes because they'll clear most weeds for you by shading out. 

Weed Killer

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 18:28

No point trying to dig out Dandelions in my opinion, if you want to be organic then top them every two weeks, it does work but takes ages. Otherwise as the others say hit them when they're growing strong. Vinegar and salt with a little soap works as an organic contact spray but you have to repeat and repeat on regrowth. 

hot chilli pepper seed

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 18:20

I'm sure you're not the only one. I get packages through the door and jump up and down the expectation wondering what some sent me. Then remember after opening that I ordered it myself. Such fun. 

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 18:17

I'd check out some other sellers too, Deacon's don't have a huge choice. BlackmoorsAdams Apple TreesKeepersReadsParker's, if you saw BBC Countryfile last week Matt Baker was tasting a Redlove apple from Lubera (also available from Blackmoors). I ordered it from Blackmoors immediately for fear of it selling out but then remembered that Lubera did four apples called Redlove, so which was it? It took me a week to track that down with the kind help from Francijn Suermondt from Lubera and Ross Newham at East Malling. Ross kindly tracked down the clone number, he could only remember the row it was from, then Fran was able to confirm that clone 119/06 was Odysso. I ordered it today after Matt Baker's reaction to it describing it as a cherry crossed with an apple, I thought it was so worth a try. Can't wait for it fruit now. 

flowering privet

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 17:56

Privet is dead easy from hardwood cuttings too. There is a native privet too which will flower in it's second year from cutting no problem. Ligustrum vulgare It has the same lovely smell as ligustrum ovalifolium. The native one will seed so it's possible that's where it came from, i.e. from a bird eating the berries. Hardwood cuttings - just take sections of this seasons growth about 20cm long, the stronger bits if possible,  in winter, strip off the leaves and plunge them into a spade cut up to their necks. I've had privet grow from quite old wood that got buried under some soil. That's why it's cheap and so common, apart from it doing a good job. 


Hazel Comparison

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 11:03

http://www.gingerbeerplant.net/hazelnut-comparison.php So it does. All I had to do was hit the space bar.  Thanks Dove. As you can see even the 'quote' button isn't working for me. I'm loathed to update my Safari, the last time I did Facebook went really slow. Every update has it's bugs. Hey it works if I paste from Mail too. At last I can work around it and the picture button's working. Thanks Dove. 

Apple trees

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:56

I agree with pansyface there's far worse things you could have in your garden. I've got a wasp nest just a meter from my bench. You'd never know there was a wasp nest there unless someone told you. I only found out because I was clearing away the grass from the bottom of the tree when I wondered what the wasps were congregating around then I saw the hole. They really are the gardeners friend, a few fruit with a little hole in is a very small price to pay and they're welcome to it in my book. If you apple tree is worth keeping then you'll have far more apples than you can deal with yourself.  If it's not then get it grafted over or plant another one instead. (not in the same hole)

Hazel Comparison

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:23

From Dove: There you are 


  how did you do that? Is it my computer? Thanks Dove.  It's still not working for me but let me paste in a hyperlink. I didn't think to format it in Mail and paste it. 


Pete half the internet is php based and I'm sure most of the websites you visit are unknown to you. But hey. 

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