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Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 22:54
Woodgreen wonderboy. Might I take it your location is, Woodgreen. North New Forest. We had friends living there. Brig. John Waldron. Your comment about wildlife. I have holidayed in the forest since the mid 1950's. I agree that apart from ponies, donkeys and the odd fox, very little wildlife shows itself.

Gemma. Yes true, very true. So much has changed, that is why I still advocate, always keep upto date and read the instructions. I believe you are an ecologist. Might I ask what your views are on GM modified crops and animal feed. My thought here relate to the rapid increase worldwide of obesity, since the introduction of GM. Regards. Mike.

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:49
Truly I commend Zara for her post. I do hope that she doesn't feel rebuked in anyway by the replies. I have to agree with most gardeners. Chemicals.uuugggghhh!
Might I recall my exams of years past. So the written papers were done and the practicals, then the oral. The examminer started off and I quickly followed. Sir says I. Chemicals and fertilizers. Here is my downfall. So Mr. Allen tell me please. In short, I am very apprehensive at using chemicals and fertilizers. So Mike, what do you do. well Sir, I read the label and take it from there. Mike you have been honest and not wasted my time. Good man. That was the final part of my gardening exam. Thankfully I passed first class. Even today, I am reluctant to use chemicals in the garden or green house. As Zara ointed out, there is the danger of causing more problems. Yes, I do at times resort to chemical sprays etc. I still read the label. I am a FLS, for flora and fauna so my concern is much. Also as a scientist might I add. The gardening/horticultural chemicals available tgo the public in short are quite harmless. Much of this has arrive via the EU. Did you know that a couple of years ago. The EU outlawed the use of soapy water as a pest control re: Aphids. From a scientific aspect. The botles and packs of this and that you fork out pounds for. In all honesty, the concentraste is so weak that you have to apply several times. To get hold of the real stuff. One has to prove identity etc.
So in the garden/backyard. A quick spray of blackfly killer wont do much harm.

Plant support

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:26
I like this thread. So the text books have been chucked and gardeners are thinking for themselves.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:22
As a Rosarian I support Salino on this matter. Keep your eyes open on the forum. I hope to start a thread soon on planting.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:06
Mattbeer. I wonder. How old are your peonies? I must admit, I have never grown them in my garden but when working in the parks, then I gained some experience. They seem to be shrouded in mystery. Some say that when moved etc, it will take seven years for the plant to flower. Then others say, lift and divide every five years. Then in reallity some clumps have lived for years in the same site, and done well. Give me time and I will do a bit of research

Fragrant tree

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:58
Strange thread if I may say so. I agree with Dove and Lyn in particular. Agreed at first some smells in the countryside can offend one. However, I think that human body smells take the can. For instance. Early morning travelling on a crowded train. There you are sat down. Standing, almost kneeling on your lap is someone who obviously got up too late to shower, plus still wearing the same dress/suit that has lasted the week out.
The smell of the countryside is so refreshing at times. I particularly like the smell of wood fires. I could go usual.
Back to the tree bit. In my experience, I can't think of a single tree that would serve your purpose, except for the Lime. Then taking into account the growing time etc. My friend. What made you relocate to this house?

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:42
I have to agree with Verdun. That is if I understand his original post. When to lift etc, has become a myth. Tubers can be left in situ for years. Cut all the growth down preferably on a dry day. Danger point....water entering the stem. If left in the ground, then once again choose a dry moment. Then a top covering of straw or similar spread over the site, also some people place upturned containers over them.
If lifting and storing. Cut down the growth. Lift, clean and cut away any soft or damage part of the tuber. Clean and dry off. Then whether or not any cuts have been made, give a good dusting of flowers of sulpur. Then store in a frost free place. Check from time to time just in case problems arise.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:43
Zara, your remark that our gardens are an extention etc. Hey lass, you know me better than that.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:39
Zara thanks for you input.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:02
Hey folks. Thanks for the replies. Verdun my friend, no need to say sorry. This was simply a ploy of mine to get away from one-liners. As with so many aspects of gardening. We live and learn. May I point out Lyn. I am not a lover of sprays. Regarding ladybirds etc, I often give them safe residence in the greenhouse. Probably my previous post was misunderstood. Suddenly my roses were covered in green and blackfly. Being as I had recently spent something like ??400.00 on new roses, action was needed. Cangrandmafixit. Yes we are all different and our gardens mean so much to us. For instance. My garden is quite small, yet packed and bursting at the seams. To me it offers visual delights and pleasures. My daughter Amanda talked me into buying an arbour type garden seat. I have never parked my butt on it. To me, my garden is a working garden. Thankfully, I did away with the lawn years ago. Each year or so, I specialize in a certain plant, I experiment with plants and soil mixes etc. Even though still learning my garden does give me pleasure and satisfaction. I have a site on photobucket so some day I will update it and you can all take a look. Once again. Thanks for your input.

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