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Buying seeds online/eBay

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:23

I think that ebay is a good site.

Regarding plants and seeds. I ordered from a couple of ebay advertisers.  Cheapand very fast service.

Tracey, any probs.  Pm or email meMike,

Human irrigation system

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:17

Hey!  My beautiful, wonderful friends.  Believe me, truly.  Ladies.  All these hugs and kisses.  The medics will end up gtreating me for high blood pressure.  In that vein, now in particular, do I find myself missing my lifelong mate, Valerie.

Thank you all so very, very much.  OK.  At times words can be written just as a matter of form.  Your comments and well wishes, really say so much.   Let's face it. Some forum members actually know each other.  The majority of us, only meet here.   At times there is a bit of friendly banter etc.  Concerning our mutual love...Gardening.   Whether expert or novice.  Our contributions are always taken in good faith.  Oh, how I wish that I could hire a hall and have a general get-together.

Back to my new problem.  Lets face it.  Mike is 74.  Lost my mate almost four years ago.  Have a loving two daughters and three grand kids.  Then on top of that.  I seem to have adopted.  'YOU LOT'  Blimey.  Mike is such a lucky guy.

In all seriousness. Ok amy kind of cancer is a blast.  However bladder cancer is for the time being, confined to a small pouch or pocket.  Mike is an honest guy.  OK.  In the past. I was a traffic cop, accidents crashes etc.  At times, plenty of the red stuff.  Whenit came to my red stuff.  Mike ended up flat out.  Now due to perhaps being on my own.  Suddenly seeing red.  No probs. Blood tests, now no probs.  Perhaps this old so and so is getting stronger in his old age.  Who knows.  Friends.  Please beleive me.  Your posts and reassurances really is appreciated.  Regarding my forum posts.

I sometimes ask myself.  Mike.  Are you perhaps going over the top at times?  Mention plants to me and we are friends for life.  Perhaps that sums up my often long posts.  Please at any time.  Tell me to shut up.

Once again my friends.  Thank you so very much for your posts.  For the ladies.  Love and kisses to all.  Gents.   A strong firm handshake.  Thanks guys.




xxx[for the gals]

Human irrigation system

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:15

Well folks.  This old timmer has been experiencing some changes recently to his personal irrigation system.  Today Mike underwent  some painful medical tests.  Tubes up here and there, piccies taken etc.  Conclusion.   Mike is a victim of Bladder Cancer.  I have some further tests and an operation to face.  However.  Now I know what the problem is.   So friends.  Who knows.  Perhaps this old timmer with so many answers, might fail to post..  Perhaps a goodwill thought, even a silent prayer..  Mike..

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:02

Having supervised the care and maintenance of bowling greens.   Worm cast was always a nightmare. The shwising stick was the tool.  It was a long cane that was gently brushed back and forth.  Often used was, Mowran meal.  This was spread all over.  Sadly it killed the worms, some of our more valuable earth friends.

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 22:03

To be honest and perhaps a bit blunt.  Leave it alone.  As it grows to maturity.  It will naturally sort itself out.

Volunteer Work

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 22:01

Mikey.  Well done.  It is so sad, when you come to think about it. Folks lose loved ones to that enemy death.  Such grief etc.  Burial plots are perhaps fanatically cared for.  Then all of a sudden for whatever reason.  TLC care and attention sems to wane away.  Regardless of what ones religious beliefs might be.  Losing a loved one is so, so terrible.  Mikey.  Well done.  Those who remain in our thoughts and prayers.  Surly the memory needs to live on.  Their final resting place.  YES it does deserve to be cared for.


Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:53

Hi Jac.  Welcome.  I was so pleased to read your post.  So! your little garden is your paradise.  Such a lovely expression.  I look forward to many more posts from you.  Yes.  We are a friendly bunch, and there is a wealth of know-how on this forum.

Kindest regards.  Mike.

Brussels sprouts in containers?

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 00:29

Truthfully.  NO!  I haven't tried this.  However far and beyond the basic gardening area, withinth realms of science etc.  This has probably been tried, tested and the results recorded.. I have a great interest in the scientic field of horticulture etc.  The brassica family is somewhat special and individual. The whole complex structure of each species is so seperate from the rest of the plant family. For instance.  All of the brassica family, require a firm solid soil structure.  Fair do's. Stick a cabbage in a large pot or container.  Well, perhaps things will work out.  However, experiments and possible future ways forward are reached by just one chance experiment.  I can well understand the predicument of many garden lovers.  You yearnto grow more..  Youbsow seedds in yogput pots, you dabble her and there.  Well done.  However as like in the natural world, in and within the creative bonderies.  At times our eagerness to fight forward, is stopped.  In this case.  I would say. Sow/plant all brasicas in the open.

Top dressing + mowing

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 21:10

No offence intended but.  If after aerating the lawn, you then upon mowing it, share it all with your neighbours,  Then I wouls say that either you applied far too much top-dressing, and or.  Your mower is set far too low. OR both.  I believe that I posted a reply to another member a week or so ago, relating to top-dressing etc.

Particularly at this time of the year.  Grass, remember your lawn is made up of thousands of tiny plants.  Due in part to the soil condition following winter.  The soil has clogged.  To open it up, spiking  assists this.  Then using sharp sand, brushed in, the sand penetrates into the soil, assiting in surface drainage.  The grass, now that it has started to grow again, plus the soil condition.  The tiny grass plants begin to force themselves up and out of the soil.  Top-dressing allows for a layer of soil to fill in and around the nodes of the plant.  These nodes should always be just below the surface.  In the event that the nodes do grow forth.  Then sad to say.  Along comes your mower and not only cuts the grass, but also severs the plant from the roots.  I hope this helps.

Berberis thunbergii pronunciation

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:46

Most dictionarys usually provide pronunciation.  Also there arebooks available, Plant names simplified, and  Hamlyn. A-Z of plant names.

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