London (change)
Today 11°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 9°C

Mike Allen

Latest posts by Mike Allen

remind me please

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 22:13
Good advice, Verdun.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 22:09
WOW! What a grand debate. Interesting and so much sound advice.

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 22:44
or nsome five chapterThanhs Steve. Yes however annoying it may seem at the time, for instance. Simply typing a letter, using whatever format that pleases you. Every now and then. Perhaps at the end of a paragraph. Click save.. Just imagine you are writing a book.. So chapters one through ten, all have been saved. Then the body of the book continues for some five or more chapters and you fail to save. Be warned. SAVE.

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 22:28
Hi KEF. Seems like we are bot in th same boat. I really loved XP Pro. Then as perhaps readers of my posts may have tumbled. Things were going wrong. Jumbled writings and posts. My PC so often stopped responding etc. This all started when MS. ended their support. I purchased an Acer pc a couple of yeras back. It came loaded with Win 7. It appeared so much faster etc. However, I am a creature of habits. I hate changes. So I soldiered on. Then finally a few days ago, I took the old faithful and the newbie to a friend's shop. Request to transfer all data from old to new pc. Sadly the hard drive had given up. Thankfully I have backed up most of my data and photos etc. Part rfeason for the silence from, 'Prof: Mikes corner. LOL. There is a means by which the XP system can be kept alive. I will post an update in due time.

Best wishes.

Compost Bin

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 22:07
As Edd says. Lucky you. Why not start a second compost bin / heap?

Professional Soil Testing Kit.

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 21:59
An overall reading of pH 7-8.2 Nothing wrong there. OK if wishing to grow acidic loving plants, then changes would be required IMO. this medium could well support most plants of an alkaline nature, on it's own.
Yes, soil testing can and will cost you a bomb. Most home testing kits will usually
provide a satisfactory answer for the everyday gardener. I

Falling rose leaves

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 23:10
RinaINACIAL COSTichard.. So sorry to hear of your of your experience. Sad to msay. The horticultural world has plumetde to, IMOHO a very low. Overr a period of time. Variouswe nureries jhave discovered a means of making a fast buck. In this instance it has been being able to select fresh new shoots from roses and with the aid of specialised cultivation.Tomtake cuttings an d insert them in a compost. Having spent many hours nand great finks.s.lancial cost, they in time came up with a fowering pot plant. Sad to sayh my friend. There exist on todays market. So many gimmic

Back to the Lecture Hall.

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 23:17
Thanks friends. Yes bygone study days, Hoever this was really a rude of wakening. This Dr. from the Nat. Hist Mus. He really was on top. So he was an eminent entomologist. He also was so often called upon from the Nat Hist Mus. tgo assist police forces acrossthe country. So yes. Mike was once a cop. My basic training tah includes ome of the sciences. However, as you both state, Yes, I was already aware of the basics. This lwcture denved deeper. So this oldie still managed to enjoy and at the same time to be educated.

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 23:04
Thanks friends.

Friend or foe

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 22:51
Similar to Lyn. One day, Val and I heard a screacing sound. As one does. We bost scanned the area, listening as it were with our eyes. Then we spotted it it. In broard daylight. A cat was sitting in next doors garden. It just sat there and watched. Within the edging of a floer bed. There sat a rat. The latter was so much traunatised. It sat thyere as if frozen in time. So the episode moved on. Neither cat or rat moved. yet, ratty continued to squeal. After some time, I squirted som wate at the cat, who isntantly fled away. Ratty also immediately responded and scarpered. Now. I have sadly watched cats simply stalk and kill and then walk away. Something of a contradiction tgo the wild life fims etc. So the big question. Owning a cat. Will the cat protect you from rats.? WE once had a cat that bought home a very large rat and left it in the study. Question. Did Amber catch and kill, olr did Amber find and bring home. Truthfully I don't know. From my studies etc. I would say no. A fox will kill a rat, but I am inclined to think that rats and cats are a no go.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Enough is enough.

Replies: 18    Views: 360
Last Post: Today at 14:21

Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

Replies: 0    Views: 59
Last Post: Yesterday at 21:07

Orchid Lady

Replies: 1    Views: 182
Last Post: Yesterday at 06:15

A Special day.

Replies: 2    Views: 219
Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 19:32

Help Please.

Replies: 2    Views: 209
Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 06:31

To cut everything down, or leave.

Replies: 65    Views: 1922
Last Post: Today at 10:39

Something of an apology.

Replies: 17    Views: 715
Last Post: 25/11/2014 at 08:57

RHS Lily Group Bulb Auction.

Replies: 2    Views: 202
Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 22:59

Computer problems

Replies: 1    Views: 177
Last Post: 14/11/2014 at 22:45

Back to the Lecture Hall.

Replies: 3    Views: 246
Last Post: 07/11/2014 at 23:17


Replies: 1    Views: 263
Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 05:32


Replies: 0    Views: 188
Last Post: 03/11/2014 at 00:01

Hidden treasures.

Replies: 5    Views: 371
Last Post: 03/11/2014 at 11:41

Modern Technology etc.

Replies: 18    Views: 719
Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 09:49


Replies: 9    Views: 468
Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 09:22
1 to 15 of 110 threads