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Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: Yesterday at 07:53

Or just pick them and sit them on the kitchen window sill

Landscapers - advice needed

Posted: Yesterday at 07:52

Get personal recommendations and references and go and see their work.


If you do a search you may find there was a VERY recent thread asking more or less precisely the same and which got comprehensive and detailed response.



what is this fly

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:04
ken lawrence wrote (see)

When you are confronted by millions of these what do you do?  As I said there were millions of these and there totally obscured the plants they were on so naturally I got rid of them 

I call them flying ants.  Though I know they're not that.  They're sepsidae. 

Leave them alone.  They'll be gone quick as a flash.   You'll likely see them again next year or the year after.

IF you're lucky and have housemartins, swifts and swallows they'll be delighted that you've got a perfect meal for them.

IF you're spraying insecticide all over without knowing what it is you're even killing then aside from that in itself being wrong in my opinion, also just be mindful that it's not discriminatory.  It will affect bees and ladybirds and other things that you really shouldn't be killing.   

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:57

I wouldn't (and don't) personally cut mine back so hard.   But then I want mine to be reasonably tall.   I cut the flowers back and to tidy it up so it's a shape and size that suits me. 

That new roundup gel

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:52

I can't help thinking that the gel product is just a bit of a way of "adding value".   Or to put it another way to make a bit more money.

It seems to me to be a bit of a gimic.  

IF I'm "spot weeding" then I just paint a generic Glyphosate on the leaves with a brush.   Same result and saves spending a fortune on some branded product in an expensive spray container or a gell which doesn't do anything any different. .

IF I need to do something more substantial then I just put it into a sprayer with a good nozzle that can be adjusted to "spray" or "fine jet"  

symbols for emotions

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:44

overgrown beds

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 16:13

ahah you never said that.   In that case they may well not flower till next year

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 16:12

We've friends round for dinner tonight.  Starter is seared pigeon breast on a bed of red cabbage with blackberry sauce.     Just sayin'  

overgrown beds

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 13:17

I'm brutal with poppies.   So just be aware that this isn't necessarily what you should do.   I cut the flowers stalks off and either leave the green to die back and then just pull it all off or if I want to clear some space and have time then I just cut the whole lot back hard.    I've never found it possible to stop poppies growing

Lupins - They won't die if you trim some leaves off.  But if you're cutting them off then they're not going to produce their beautiful flower spikes.   

Wild Flower Meadow

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 09:54

Dave, That looks really nice.   I love the mix and colours that you have.  

I've got mine more as a perennial meadow and initially planted onto bare soil just roughly rotovated.    More or less as said.  Except I didn't use weedkillers.  Rather I just got the surface grass and weeds dug off.       I do have some annuals that have self seeded.   Our farm is in the HLS scheme so we've got excellent diversity and plenty of free plants.

I've got convolvulus, campion, cranesbill, periwinkle, field scabious, yarrow, ox eye daisy, musk mallow, cowslip as well as poppies and cornflower

I just wanted to air a word of caution about some of the "mixed wildflower seeds" that I've seen for sale.    Partcularly if you're next to farm land where there's stock.  I've actually seen packets that have ragwort in - a controlled weed that is covered by a Code of Practice and which is to be removed.   It's highly toxic to grazing animals but particularly to horses and cattle.    It's a cumulative poison and it kills them and it's not a nice death either!     Likewise careful there's no buttercups.   Again a cumulative toxin and no where near as bad as ragwort but your neighbouring farmer will not thank you at all if he has stock and sees those next door.




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