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Posted: 25/06/2013 at 12:27
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Verdun's led a very sheltered life.


Makes me think of the episode of Father Ted where all of the priests get lost in the ladies' underwear department.  Question is, which one is Verdun??

The Ant Hill Mob

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 23:48

Ants not generally good.  Can completely undermine a planted area, so not welcome in my garden, plus they 'farm' aphids for the honeydew they excrete, so whilst not directly harmful to plants, can still be pest.  They don't like water, so give them a good soaking and they'll go away.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 23:35

Verdun, I think you ought to change your name to Poppy Fields, just to really confuse people!!

In other fora (or is it forums?), I am known as LetsOffRoad and The Ant Hill Mob.  It was suggested I change my name to Ant Hill Blues when I got married to Range Rover Blues.

Now I think I'd be Zarking Fardwarks.

free plants/bulbs/seeds from mag

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 23:57

Woman's weekly website have an offer on in their 'shop' for either free foxgloves or penstemons (click on the 'next' tab and the free offer changes).  So if you're after some foxgloves or penstemons for your garden next year, check it out.  Don't think they'll be big enough to flower this year.

Postage is £4.30 if I remember correctly.  Bought the lavendar from May's issue, but don't really want 3 random clematis.  Wish they'd start offering more fruit or veg plug plants, always send off for those on the few occaisons they're on offer.


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 01:28

Hard water contains calcium carbonate, the stuff that furs up your kettle with white stuff (and will do the same to your washing machine too, when it's solid it's called limescale).  Soft water doesn't contain as much, sometimes no calcuim carbonate.  This makes your water a little more alkaline, not much, but some blueberries seem to be more tolerant of alkali than others.  The ones I have, the pink ones, do seem to be very sensitive, so will be using black tea if I need to water - I don't have room or funds at the moment for a water butt.

Mattbeer, it may be that you have very soft water - how often, if ever, do you need to de-scale your water?  Maybe you have a very tolerant plant, I do find if you get them before the staff have time to neglect them, plants from aldi do seem to be very robust.


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:26

Only got one blackcurrant at the mo, Verd, was an Aldi special buy, nearly managed to kill it by keeping it in the kitchen whilst we had the snow, repotted and put out when nicer weather came, it dropped most of it's leaves but is recovering well now, in ordinary MPC.  OH has put the pot in a jerrycan holder that he took off his trailer.  Think he's waved goodbye to them now, as there are 4 hanging on the fence, one has the blackcurrant in, 4 are empty......for now!

As we're meant to be moving later on in the year, most of my stuff is in pots, including fruit trees - very big pots, those!  Will be keeping and using next year for carrots.  Will have to remember to give the blackcurrant a drink of the flower power once a week when I do the strawberries.

Green manure question

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:17

Phacelia.  Was a which best green manure some time ago, and has the added benefit of attracting bees to help pollinate plants.

The farmyard stuff needs to be well-rotted, by which time it will have lost it's attraction for your dogs, getting it whilst it's still palatable for them to eat or wear will scorch any veggies.  FYM is also the only thing that you can add over winter, as I don't think green manure would grow - there may be something that will do the job, I'm not an expert on green manure.  Try digging in some sharp sand or grit into the areas that are more clay-like to improve drainage.

The other thing you could try is pelleted chicken manure, but that might also be attractive to the dogs, I know mine is very interested when I'm adding blood, fish & bone to the soil.

If your dogs are interested in the FYM, then it's not rotted down enough!


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:16

Hi Verdun, Robbie was also asking about runner beans - ericaceous won't do runners any good at all, hence the advice about planting near the fence and using canes! 

Once you start this gardening lark, you find yourself being given all manner of strange things.  I've given away plug plants, jiffy pellets, and copper tape to name but a few.  I've also gone skip diving (with owners' permission) for plant pots and planters!

You're right about the compost, with blueberries, cranberries, azeleas, rhododendrons etc needing proper ericaceous stuff.  Are there any other berries that need ericaceous?  I know strawberries and rasperries don't, what about all varieies of currant - asking as I've recently bought a blackcurrant and it looks as it's doing OK in ordinary clover MPC.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 14:41

Pentillie, I only know that quote from doing the war poets in English!  Not sure if it was Wilfrid Owen or Siegfried Sasoon, I do like the idea of it being a lie though, no honour in being blown to bits or gassed into oblivion, especially after enduring the squalor of the trenches, the cold, wet, mud, grotty rations and no chance of a hot cup of tea.

In the words of Pink Floyd:

Forward!  He cried from the rear,

and the front rank died

and the generals sat

and the lines on the map

moved from side to side.

I suppose I meant that the Romans are from so long ago that it didn't spark my imagination in the same way learning about doodlebugs did.  I now have weighty tomes I have waded through on the subject, as Churchill was such a dude - just look at his exchanges with Lady Astor!


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 14:33

Compost is a hotly debated subject on the forum, as there's so much rubbish about!  JI should be good, but people have had mixed results with the JI compost.  I very recently found a garden centre tucked away in the area (so many have shut down), very basic with one big greenhouse and compost stacked on pallets, but full of healthy plants at affordable prices, and none of the tat you usually find at the big chains.  This forum is full of people that are passionate about gardening and know loads.  If I've ever had a question (and I have had lots), somone on here always knows the answer.  The only daft question on here is do you want a cup of tea?!!


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