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Posted: 27/10/2014 at 00:44
Such problems. My eldest daughter lives in the New Forest. Her location. No Gas, just electric. No cable tv or internet. Everything is via overhead cable.. So come the winter, snow storms etc. The cables go down. In this instance. The New Forest. Why no underground supplies?

Hey you out there. This. the closing hours of 2014, isn't it time you folks caught up with the rest of the world.?

Poly tunnels

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 00:29
My friend.
I fear that you might draw more attention that you wished. I am involved in a nationwide who- har's on various scientific. Yes! travelling around the countryside, so many farm sites are now covered in polythehene. Some local concils are getting hot under the collar. So My friend might I suggest. Have a chat with your felloe plotters and ask them. Would you have any objections to me errecting a poly tunnel?


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 00:20
Quite naturally. One develops an interest in gardening. Why not? To be honest. Please stop, stand still and think. Whatever your general outlook upon life might be. Gardening and human life have so much in common. So as our general everyday interest develop, so do our gardening wants, and wishes also. So yes. A greenhouse. Truly this is such a benefit to any garden. Regardless of size. It offers the gardener the chance to sow seeds a bit earlier in the season. Then for the more advanced. Seeding, pricking out, potting on and growing on to perfection. So choosing a greenhouse. Something like a classroom equastion. Ambition. divided by, available finance. Considerations.. So perhaps the money might not be such a problem. So the size of a greenhouse. Consider the area of land you have, Then take into account the type of plants you wish to grow and cultivate. Then if you think you are serious. What about ventilation in the summer, and heating in the winter.

Too big ideas?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 00:01
Bet. Welcome to the forum.

Hey lass, as Philippa says. You are among stlike minded ones. Beth from what you say. I would say that you can achieve all of that. For a kick off. You have a picture in your mind. Perhaps not culminating is some vast palacial landscaped garden, believe me. You canget what you want.

You know. This is what really bugs me at times. OK. I am a local council tennant. Have been for the past fifty odd years. I pride myself with having a well stocked garden a working and experimental garde. Yet my downstairs neighbour, her garden is like a tip. Next door. Oh they were out to break eggs with a big stick. A garden for the kids to play in. The garden is a wilderness. Why is it that we who love gardening are always so restricted, whereas those who have no idea or hope, get the land space?????????

Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:49
Sound advice all round there. The fear of tuber rot. This is mainly due to the hollow stem of the plant. Interestinly also. This hollow stem is also the ideal highway for slugs and earwigs. Depending on each ones plans for their garden. If the plants have done well in a bed or border. Then why not leave them there? The bit about mildue etc. Unbeknown to many. When powdery mildue, as most call it appears on the cut stems etc of a plnt, and more so when the plant is naturally dying back. The mildew is a natural form of decomposition. In fact just as the upper part is dying back and rotting. The lower attachment to the tuber is also experiencing changes. It is in fact sealing itself off. This helps to naturally stop the decaying for want of better words, the chemical fluids etc form affecting the tubers. May I submit. If you intend to lift your tubers, The a few days in advance. Cut the plants down to say twelve inches from the ground. Leave them to the elements. Then when you do lift them, remove the soil and leave to dry in a well ventilated shed etc. Then whe dry, remove unwanted foliage but leave the main stem at abour four to six inches. Then store them in wood shavings or sawdust, after having dusted them with Flowers of Sulpur.
Otherwise. Why not leave them in situ. Let them die down and finally rfemove the debis. Then with bracken or straw apply a good top covering, so as to kee the frost out. Remember. Frost is the killer, not snow.

pansy and viola cuttings

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:28
Some members might recall. I confessed that at times I went my own way and avoided the general trend. I have in the p[ast sown many varieties of seed. Then at times. Wishing to increas an individual. I have taken cuttings at all time of the year, nursing them on in the greenhouse. However this all takes up space. Particular varieties in the beds and borders. I have taken a chance, and layered them. Simply lightly loosen the soil surrounding the plant, then using 'V' shaped small twigs, I have pinned down selected parts of the parent plant. Believe it or not. So often, in or out of the so-called time etc. I have had much better results.

Quick growing climbing rose

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:17
I agree with pansyface in the basics.There are many ways that plants can be forced, or their growing, being speeded up. In the case of your rose. It is among the vigorous growers. Apart from the basic soil preparation etc might I suggest. I presume the reason for wishing to accellerate it's growthis to cover w large spcaes as fast as possible. Might I suggest using more than one plant. Then selecting each shoot, decide at what point you'd like it to branch out. It is such a shame when a rose is allowed to continue to grow upwards all the time. Train the brances along horizontal wires or trellis. Then prune so that within a few, say four to six buds, then cut again. This way you will soon have a well balanced plant, and the folige will be intersparsed with blooms. Whereas, letting the plant go it's own way. Fewer flowers and usually at the tip of the growing points.

Before the darkness

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 00:50
Isn't it time we dumped all this wartime do-dar. Oh how us Brits love to dwell in the past. Let's live Not yesteryear.

Leaf mould

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 00:45
Hi Mike.
To be honest. I doubt if there is a satisfactory answer/solution to your question. Each of the answers given, are in fact true, however it seems that you are looking for perhaps more instant results. From practical experience. I would suggest. Gathering up the leaves, then when digging by hand and not using a cultivator. As you dig, lift and forward the spitful, then line the spcae with the leaves. The the next row, you will bury the leaves and so on. This way, the whole process is more accellerated and in a short time the leaves ahave decomposed and ALL the nutrients are back in the soil. Partial storing and rotting etc can be of use. When appropriate the mulch can be applied. Just a point. The general composition of beech leaves, make them amongst the longest rotters. The best leaves for mulches and compost will always remain the oak..the common oak, Quercus rubor. Otherwise you might try hawthorn and elder, mthese decay much faster.

YOUR view of music over the years.

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 23:55
Perhaps strange, but most everyday music never appealed to me at the time. Now, compared to much present bits and bobs, I quite like some of it.
My taste is very wide. [go say it. Big mouth] The 60's era mostly was love ballards, and being as I got married in 1962, the songs served a purpose. Nice to see another member likes Lanza. I have and enjoy the big bands, Miller, Dorsey and Co. Military bands also tempt my ears. Classical and semi classical. The Shadows are still amongst my most played. Probably due to the fact I knew them personally. I love piano music, and the type of music that to me, takes me on a journey. Nat King Cole is a favourite. Especially 'When I fall in love'. When our first daughter was born. I requested to be played on the hospital radio. The words stayed with us. Then I had it played at my wife's funeral. There wasn't a dry eye around. Even now as I type, my windows are misting up. So what better words to close with.

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