Latest posts by obelixx

Uses for willow water

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 10:19

I suspect soaking chopped up stems would make a good solution for encouraging other stems to root if taking cuttings of shrubs.  

You do realise that coppicing a willow just makes it grow with increased vigour and any stems you leave lying on the ground will root and grow?  It's usually done to the shrubby varieties to encourage decorative colourful stems for a winter garden or to provide material for basket and willow weavers.   


EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 10:01

PF - scientists employed by commercial companies think with commercial brains and their salary and pension in mind.   The scientists I met when teaching English conversation to help them in collaborative EU projects and international conferences are government research or university employees with no commercial prejudice and they're the kind that find glyphosate and neonicitinoids worrying. 

Dove - I use organic flour for baking and buy organic wholemeal  or spelt bread but we don't eat it very often.  Make my own cakes and biscuits so I know what's in them.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:54

I've always suspected that hospital management teams were dreamed up by a team of misogynist hospital consultant advisory group who had suffered at the hands of efficient matrons when still wet behind the ears and doing their early training.

Sorry you've had a bad night Lyn and hope you find a solution and the help you need.  Completely agree about not wasting scarce resources on undeserving people with self inflicted problems.  Let them take responsibility for themselves and their actions.

Did anyone see the brain part of the Staying Younger programme?  Interesting stuff.   Never seen a purple sweet potato in our part of Belgium.  Will have to switch from grapefruit to purple fruit juice!   Pleased all our dancing is good for us though and I'll be joining OH on dog walks - when it's sunny and after I've finished the decorating.



Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:38

No dig.

Several reasons - it's actually bad for beneficial micro organisms in the soil to be brutally disturbed.   You really only need to dig deep once to break up any clay pan to aid drainage and remove deep weed roots and large stones.

We have raised beds for veggies and pile on compost in rotation and then just fork or rake it level for sowing or planting.   

When first preparing to convert the former cow pasture round the ex farmhouse to make a garden we found an old landmine.   The bomb disposal mob removed it but didn't check for any more so we don't dig except to make a planting hole for new trees, shrubs or fence/trellis posts.   A light forking or hoeing or raking does the job.

RHS Bridgewater

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:30

It will be a wonderful resource for north western gardeners to pop into for a while or a day as and when they can.  

Been to Harlow Carr once and thoroughly enjoyed it but,like Wisley, it's too big to see in just one day so needs several trips.   We'll be visiting Harlow Carr in May but I can't see us getting to Rosemoor as it's so far.

Great to have such a good spread.  Now they just need funds and resources for RHS gardens in Wales and Scotland and NI.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:23

Nor me.   Not that I ever eat porridge but I do use oats in bread and Parmesan biscuits and crumble mixes.

We have hoes and cultivators in various sizes and shapes (Wolf double bladed is best hoe head) with different handle lengths for hoeing standing up or kneeling as needed.

rhubarb leaves

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:20

The large leaves make good slug traps.  Leave them on the ground the day you cut them and the next morning you'll find slugs lurking in their shelter to be disposed of as you wish.   Then the leaves can go to the compost heap.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:17

KT - Have you heard of hoes and cultivators with long handles?  Old technology.  Very effective.

PF - Scientific thought on neocotinoids is pretty clear.  Politicians are the ones that vote to ban them and they are subject to intensive lobbying by glbal companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Glaxo, Pfeizer et al.  It will take public pressure to change their minds.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 08:34

I've been expecting this.   For some years, the EU has been sponsoring scientific trials across several countries to evaluate glyphosate and its effects on the environment.   The official line form the producers is that it becomes inert on contact with the soil and only kills the plants whose foliage comes in contact with the product.   Tests show however that it leaches into water courses where it can remain active and also get into the water supply.

However, its main use seems to be in countries which use GM seeds to grow crops developed by commercial companies to be resistant to glyphosate.   The growers then use it in stronger solution to deal with weeds.  These higher concentrations are linked to cancers in general and birth defects in particular - not something I should wish to inflict on anyone.

It's a relatively recent introduction to gardening and I'm sure we can live without it again.

Natural predators

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 22:51

HH - I've always had cats but also always fed the birds.  The trick is to put ground food down in a spot with no cover from which sneaky cats can pounce and then hang peanut feeders and fat balls up high where cats can't leap without being seen in good time.    Have shrubs nearby for bird cover from cats and raptors.

Works for me.

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