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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.

Soil test

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:40

Oh dear!  Seems Mike may have started a frenzy here, with his pH values.  Look friends.  As another forum member posted.  This tiny island of ours is really great for growing...almost anything.  Please, unless you are scientifically minded etc.  Forget the soil testing etc.  Please don't throw your money down the drain.  Go ahead, plant sow etc.  See what happens.

Rosebay willow herb

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:33

Thanks Nut, for the piccy.  Sad that so many fail to see the beauty of our night fliers.

Rosebay willow herb

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 23:11

Alice.  As soon as I began reading your post.  Elephant Hawk Moth came to mind.  Firstly.  Any Willow herb is invasive.  I would suggest containing the root system.  Then you have to be prepared for the seeds.  However, I like you consider it to be such a beautiful flower.  I remember my first encounter with the caterpillar of the Elephant Hawk Moth.  I was hand weeding a border, and intending to remove some willow herb.  Suddenly I snatched my hand back.  At first.  I thought it was a snake.  This brightly coloured creature, the size of my thumb.  This fellow wasn't alone.  Being something of a naturalist as well.  I collected the caterpillers up, plus the willow herb.  I kept them at home in a large plastic sweet jar.  Believe me.  It becam a fultime job, keeping them fed.  Actually, listening close at the top of the jar.  I could actually hear these creatures chomping away.  In time they all entered the cacoon stage.  Later they all came out as fully fledged moths.  So I can well understand your desire.  I wish you well.

starter garden japanise style help please

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:56

Hello Diane.

I admire your interest.  To be honest.  The size of your garden is likely to restrict you quite a bit.  I tend to agree with JANAPANA.  I do think that perhaps some personal research is required.  The kind of research that , how can I say.  'Puts you in the mood'  Japanese garden design does just that.  I think that the japanese design is intended to cultivate the mind, rather than the eye, as in perhaps the case of shall we say, english gardens.  Please keep us upto date on your progress.

A Sticky or Notice Board thread.

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:56

Thanks Dove.  I suppose the obvious is to start a thread, and a required later, to simply raise the thread again and add-on.

Grafting on newly planted apple rootstock

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:53

Times have changed.  Once upon a time.  Grafting and budding was carried out in the open field.  Nowadays most is completed, undercover and on the work bench.  However, I note that you have already planted your rootstocks.  I'd say.  Go ahead. It might be advisable to offer some form of protection at the graft sight, due to the very unbalanced weather we are having.  This is my general advice.  You might wish to check further via other sources.

A Sticky or Notice Board thread.

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 23:40

Initially requested of our host Daniel.  Perhaps other members might also be interested.

So as to save constant New Threads.  Could we have a a Sticky or fixed thread, whereby members can post up and comining show dates etc.   Just a thought.

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