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Tree Branch Lopper Research

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:42
Taking it all in line.
Scissor Mech.
Not too long.
Yes & no.

Entomosporium leaf spot

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:30
Hi Young Jo.

To be honest, first tgime I've heard the problem.. Please help me. At this time of year your tree should be shedding it's leaves. As a basic precaution it is considered best to burn infected leave rather than compost, I have mixed feelings on this. Jo, is this the norm with your tree, that is, does it crop up every year. Does it in anyway affect the fruit. Please respond. I will help in any way.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:23
Cangrandmafixit. Dear Grandma. I think that I am the toy/effigy that certain members just simply love to sit and stick pins into. Why I don't know. I do my best to answer questions. I am thankful that I have made good use of my life with learning and research that I enjoy sharing, yet I am constantly stonned for it. Sad to say also. A male member of our forum recently posted a query relating to a new member, such as. No problem Mike. Why is it that amongst what is usually accepted a community of peaceful gardeners, why are there those who simply can't grow up? Truly I fail to see the point. Grandma, I hope at least we are still friends. This attitude really does get to me. I love people and go to lengths to help then on here, I get insulted. I am begining tgo think that Digger was right. I do wish that the Mods would intervene at times.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 22:01
Friends fellow gardeners. Might I suggest, without getting my head blown off. Look we are in general a great bunch. If you are like me. I really hate disposing of anything. So what say we start a thread indicating waht we no longer require? Let's face it we get so many new to gardening joining us. A new home and garden. What can I fill the garden with. Please don't simply dump plants.

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 21:55
To save space can I respond to three members posts.
Woodgreen Wonderboy. I first became interested in the NF back in the mid 1950's As a lad I had read RM Ballantyne's book. 'Children of the New Forest' That did it for me, from then on up until the death of my wife in 2010 I/we spent many happy weeks etc in the forest. I carried out quite a bit of research there and at time would bump into some proffesors, on holiday but still studying. My eldest daught lives in East Boldre. For students and the like, it offers so much. Like you said wildlife is sparse. Thanks for you imput.

Dove and Gemma, so nice to be able to converse with those in the 'know'. Actually however hard I have tried, at the end of the day papers relating to GM's seem to be in short supply. Thankfully I have access to Wiley Library, as being of the Linnean Socy. and the BSPP.
True I have no concrete proof of GM's being related to obesity. However, as I am also interested in medicine, and reading various journals etc. I have discovered that shortly following the introduction of GM's and the feeding of carnivor remains etc to herbivours, the setting that alongside the medica revelations pointing to obesity. That started to ring bells. To be honest I have to admit, due to the lack of written documentation relating to GM's viz exactly what the GM contains etc. Then in my own way testing out various formulations. Finally I concluded that. The chemical makeup of various GM's = rapid growth and greater productivity. So for the less minded. Crops suddeny produced more. Animals grew so much faster so as to provide a quicker route to the table etc. So asks Mike. All this has come about so fast. Yes across the world there were protests, but the world needs feeding. So we have a substance that can work magic. OK for the vegative crop, it is sown, grows and is harvested. Then The Allen family do the weekly shop. Yes a nice joint of beef and plenty of veg. We digest. Big question mark.. What have we done? Back to basics and simple questions. So a great advancement in science. The supermarket are full as never before. However. Can anyone come up with an answer to this question. When at what point or tgime period, does the GM's stop working? On the basis of this. Is it at all possible that once digested, that despite our human makeup, so we all have to get reid of our waste. By that time the natural goings on inside of us have acted like the tax man, and taken out so much. I am of the thinking that. Those GM thingies continue to work within us. Givce it some serious thought. Obesity is not just rife in Britain. It is in fact a serious problem worldwide.

Once again Dove and Gemma for your imput.

Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 21:07
The December issue of The Garden, the RHS Journal.A bug that is quoted as being a serious pest. This red backed little fellow along with offspring will completely rid eucalyptus trees of their foliage in next to no time. It appeared in Ireland in 2007. Then in 2012 it was found in a London garden. RHS members can read it in their magazine, non members can check it out on the RHS website.

Orchid Lady

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 00:52
Hey folks. Once a regular poster on the forum seems to be missing. Orchid Lady, where is she, what's happened to her? In all honesty. I do hope that I haven't offended her in any way. News please.

Talkback: How to insulate a greenhouse

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 00:48
Lyn. You really know what you are about. You are a very practical person. In no way am I setting out to say this is right and that is wrong. This is my experience. I have a large Halls cedarwood GH. T&G boarded to the satging height, sides end and door. A couple of years ago I replaced the roof glass with twinwall polycarbonate sheets. Then inside. I also bought off the net, a vast roll of small bubble plastic. This was easily stapled to the roof bars and down the still glass sides to the bench/stagging. In winter the GH remains unheated, yet thankfully the temperature has never dropped below freezing. I use the GH all year for growing, experimenting and storing. Some suggest that the large bubble type plastic should be used. I doubt if it matters that much. Yes the bubbles are best facing the glass or glass substitute. For the owners of metal framed GH's Then as Lyn said. Clips are reasonably cheap and effective. Due to the moisture and condensation that develops in the house, you must still maintane good ventilation. For those surfaces such as plastic. How to fix? Stuff like selotape is a waste of time and money. There is a product called sylglaze. It was originally intended to repair cracked glass panes etc, so it really is 100% weatherproof. It's adhesion quality is tops. With a bit of common sense etc it shouldn't present too much of a problem fixing. I do hope this helps. PM me for for further help.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 00:25
Nice to know that I have at least two faithful followers.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 23:22
Truly I am so pleased with the responce to this thread. In other threads we have talked about cats in the garden. Until recently, due possibly to having a well balance planted garden. My patch seemed to offer a safe have to most of the local wildlife, including the insect life. Considering it is a town location. Visiting and often nesting birds include, most of the tit family, robins, wrens, blackbirds, years ago thrushes. Firecrests, blackcaps, redwings plus the crow family, jays, magpies etc. Foxes and hedgehogs and at times rats and mice. Now sad to say. I am down to one solitary fox, the magpies that live in my tall conifer and the odd jay, even the squirrels tend to stay the other side of the fence. WHY? Because my downstairs neighbour has four cats who spend most of their life in my garden. What with that and her garden being a typical tip, the the garden the other side is a wilderness. Looking out of my window. My tiny patch seems to be the Jewel in the Crown. At times it's heartbreaking.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

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Memories of Yesteryear.

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Posting an Avitar

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Last Post: 02/12/2014 at 02:42

Once again. SORRY.

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Last Post: 29/11/2014 at 10:11

Enough is enough.

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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 18:09

Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

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Orchid Lady

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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 06:15

A Special day.

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Last Post: 28/11/2014 at 01:42

Help Please.

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Last Post: 24/11/2014 at 06:31

To cut everything down, or leave.

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Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 09:47

Something of an apology.

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Last Post: 25/11/2014 at 08:57

RHS Lily Group Bulb Auction.

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Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 22:59

Computer problems

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