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Posted: 01/05/2013 at 16:30

My poor raspberries have their new leaves but all are showing manganese deficiency  (yellow veins and leaf edges). I garden on sandy soil and all that rain has just rinsed the lovely nutrients out.

May have apply yet more compost and chicken pellets £££;  sprayed them today with a mix of Epsom Salt and miracle gro solution and  just waiting to see if I can bring them back from the brink.

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 18:15
Gelsemiaceae are vines with opposite leaves but not native to UK. Is this a vine that doesn't flower because of the growing conditions perhaps. Just suggestions.

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 17:51
If not a C.vitalba it could be a Lonicera x tellmaniana?

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 17:48
Could it be clematis vitalba aka traveller's joy and old man's beard? A vigorous climber, evergreen and the immature leaves are different to the mature leaves. The stem does get woody as it twines.


Posted: 06/02/2013 at 21:28
Hello Alan4711,
I have a piazetta 905e mutlifuel wood burner and it puts out between 9-14 KWtt per hr. the only wood I steer clear of is soft wood (all conifers) as they create chimney tar which can ignite and treated wood. This little poem may help you choose your wood.
Beech wood fires burn bright and clear,
If the logs are kept a year.
Oaken logs burn steadily,
If the wood is old and dry.
But ash dry or ash green,
Makes a fire fit for a queen.

Logs of birch wood burn too fast,
There???s a fire that will not last!
Chestnut???s only good , they say,
If for long it???s laid away.
But ash new or ash old
Is fit for a queen with a crown of gold!

Poplar makes a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke!
It is by the Irish said,
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with a golden crown.

Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
Even the very flames are cold.
Apple logs will fill your room,
With an incense -like perfume.
But ash wet or ash dry
For a queen to warm her slippers by!

small bird watch

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 13:23
The dunnock is my alarm clock (even at 7am on Sunday morning!) as it taps it's own reflection on the conservatory window for about 5 minutes or more.

I had forgotten there even was a 7 am on Sundays.

small bird watch

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 16:10
I am also in east Dorset , like you Flolongtail, so we enjoy lots of visiting birds here. My regulars are:- dun nock, wren, nuthatches, jay, green woodpecker, coal tits, blue tits and long tail tits, robin, blackbird and all the finches. We have a lovely willow warbler that competes with the wren's song and a robin who even sings at night!

Down at Iford Meadows there is a noisy gang of field fares by the River Stour -which also has a kingfisher flashing up and down between Tesco,s and the Bridges. The forest, the harbours, the two rivers and 21 parks make Bournemouth a bird resort all year round.

small bird watch

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 12:24
Well, I had to have a few muttered words when refilling the feeders. The regulars didn't bother to show up when it counted! I had a paltry list to submit and it was no where near representative of the usual melee.

They stack like planes at Heathrow usually and we get a huge range of wild birds. I am trying not to take it personally (that would be silly) but I suppose it's the same as nurturing children. Love them, feed them and then leave them be .....because you owe them everything and they owe you nothing but the joy of their being happy and free. Hey ho , they are all back again making a din and emptying the feeders.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 18:23
Oh thank goodness something to really look forward to! (I am so weary of adolescent TV - this is sure to be grown up).

I just love it when Monty does all the travelling and leg work for me. He's the perfect travel companion for a garden tour. I shall find some suitable French wines to sip, a warm baguette and a wedge of Brie, notepad and pen, slosh on some French scent and let him whisk me away on Feb 1st.

Thanx again for the heads-up Sotongeoff.

Talkback: Making a stumpery

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 10:15
I would be very keen to hear from any British gardeners who have tried hugelkulture (using buried logs to form either raised beds or sunken under level beds). They are supposed to be an efficient way of growing with much less feeding and watering. High yields and no tilling. The carbon and nitrogen balance, mycro fungi and airy roots are supposed to do all the real work.

Any one out there that's made one and can share hints and tips?

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