Mike Allen

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Modern Technology

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:11
My friend and I set off for Rumwoods nursery and garden centre, Langley Kent. I've at last got him interested in gardening. Our first vist was aided by a few scribbled notes and map refs. The second. I used a sat nav. We really went around the garden of england. So much so. We ended up in a cul de sac. Today we set off. This time the sat nave took us on the A2. Then soon we realised. This is a repeat of last time. This time there was a young chap working on an engine. He checked the sat nav. Clicked this and that and said. It will work now. Yes! since the map was loaded. A great big new estate had sprung up. In time, we arrived at the destination. Thankfully, unlike most garden centres. This is basically plants only. Other franchises are out. Sadly at the tills, my charm failed this time. Perhaps just as well. It was two young lads taking the cash. I must go to specsavers. We stopped of close to home for fish and chips and a visit to Sainsbury's. Then home. Two coffees and snooze. My mate said. Next time we will use the map. Mike replied. Next time. You must be joking.

Turf or seeding

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:25
My dear friend. Usually bthe problem would be simple. In your case. You have a lawn witha gap through the middle. GHo ahead and order the turf.

Broken rose

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:20
Sadly. Should a stem become seperated from the graft base. Then that's it for tghat stem/shoot or whatever. However the rejuvinating aspect remains. When the rose was grafted/budded. A common wild rose or seedling stock was used. This simply provide some already established roots. The new buds or grafts were applied. Any existing growth from the rootstock is cut off. Now you have a brand spanikng new plant taking advantage of fine roots. Thankfully in your case. Only one stem was damaged. Who knows. It might rfegrow. Never mind. You say that there are other strong stems. Now is the time to cultvate them. Start low. four or five buds up. Cut. This will induce side shoots. Then depending upon the grafted species. Cut and come again. Please feel to PM me if required.

Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 23:35
Sorry folks. Why? Yes Why? To begin with. A Belfast sink weieghs a lot. Add soil and pl,ants, for what? One of my gowernments post was to the garden of the Garrison Commander. Fabulous family. He was interested in alpine gardens etc. He has a few sink gardens. Believe me. The weighed a ton. For those interested. Should you be limited to space etc. Container and snk....like gardens are good. Lets be honest. Most gardeners in general soon become adept tgo improvising. We build cold frames etc. So. A simple wooden box. Now mix up a cementlike substance known as tuffa. This is a mix of a bonding agent say cement. Plus peat and soil. The mix is plastered to the inner mould. The final outcome is. A kind of ruugged result. So much lighter etc.

Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 23:19
Dove has said it all. Stand your ground.

Can you identify this plant?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 23:15
C'mon you folks. You're the experts.

Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 23:26

Truly many fine comments. So where do we begin and, when do we end. If I may. Incorporating the good book, the scriptual guide book to life. Perhaps we might just consider. The world's population need to be fed. Sadly over the years. The assistance etc given by more prosperouse countries toward the lesser. In all honesty, where has it got to. Native tribes still eventoday, resort to squatting down and bashing the living daylights out of corn, wheat cerals etc. Irrigation was tried aqnd tested. Then abandoned. Sad to say. The reactions of our African and other members of the human family. Help and advice, assistance etc has been given. Yes in some areas. Local politics have held sway. Getting back to logistics. There are now mountains of food available, cereal crops and the rest. Sad to say. So much ends up being dumped. The red tape regulations and so much more. The medics cry out. Obesity. Now individuals are being classed as lazy, eating away and not moving. OK. At the end of the day. I am a simple member of the public. Then on the other hand. I am a profesional a scientist as such. I feel that modern day scientific intevention has a lot to answer for. viz. GM crops. what really do they mean to us?


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:21
Just a quickie, if I may. Dove, I sent you a PM. I do hope you weren't offended.

Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.
Kindest regards.

Future Time Team

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:17
On the matter of the Ancient Woodlands. The local borough took over this particular woodland, following the demise of the GLC. Recently the borough was granted royal status. Took a long time, despite the history. It is now known as. Royal Greenwich. Some local news put out by the department caused me to enquire, from where did the author get the info. I had a nice reply, inviting me to meet up- and chat about the history of the woodland etc. I am still toying with the idea. Recently the area has generally become known as Oxleas Woods. In reality Oxleas is just a small section. The whole area is made up of. King Georges Field. Eltham Common. Castlewood, Jack Wood, Oxleas Meadow and Oxleas Wood. I'd love to write more, but I might get a telling off.

Pear Tree Diseased

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 23:57
Ny dear friend. Plant pathology is amongst my specialities. Being as brief as possible. Sudden problems do crop up. However. If this subject has over time produced what yo call problem , perhaps disesed etc fruitage. Then the only way out is. Cut down and start again. SORRY.

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Fantastic site.

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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List of members.

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Good News for Mike

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Makes you Wonder!

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Would members be interested?

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Dare I say.

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