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Peat Ballan

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Snails - the French have the right idea

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 17:55

What about a 'sacrificial' plant, like berginia, I think that's how one spells it. The snails & fellow molluscs really delight in it, and by the time they've sated themselves, with a saucer of old beer to wash it down, they're ready for Valhalla, a monstrous headache, and perhaps a badger will come along to snaffle them down as part of a healthy diet !  Cheers !

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 17:45

Onwards and upwards !

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 17:43

GQT, is an amusing prog, but sometimes I think that the panel are on a different planet, with all the fancy latin names popping up here and there. I am not impressed by this, BUT I  do enjoy the 'crack'. They said last week, NEVER grow garlic on a north facing slope. I  grow my garlic on a well north facing slope, and it does quite well thank you, so all the professional advice can be taken with a pinch of growmore.  I treat the prog like a recipe. Get an idea, then vamp it from there. Heap good compost there Kemo Sabay.

bee hives

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 10:12

I now have a beehive on t'lotty, c/o a friend who is a budding apiarist. I am fascinated by the bees behaviour, and find them a very welcom addition to the patch. The biggest benefit of the hive is, besides the resulting honey, but more of that later, is, the astonishing improvement  in pollination and fruit bearing around the hedges. The lavender, blackberries, raspberries, beans & etc, is such an improvment on last year. The honey, simply makes store bought stuff, quite inedible. The lotty honey is what wold have sent Pooh into ecstatic convulsions. I seriously believe that every patch should have at least one hive, for overall improvement of production, and general health. The benefits are SO GREAT !

What animal is this please?

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 10:04

Natures drainage experts !

My cuttings!

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 09:56

LL, you are depressing me ! I have tried for years, to get a cutting to 'take', and all I get is a tray or pot full of potential compost twigs. I try store bought cutting stuff, make up my own, adding grit, agricultural sand, dipping into rooting compounds, all the miracle growing compounds, and the now inevitable result is, compost !

I think that there are some who are blessed with green hands. I am cursed with 'for cabbages only' hands ! Still, it's fun to dig, for digging sake.

The Name of a plant that's leaves look like army camouflage Uniform!

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 09:48

I had a 'camouflage ' plant from our local garden centre, planted it and couldn't find it again ! Talk about blending in !

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:29

Hedgehogs ? I LOVE 'em ! but every year, I find one young hog in the middle of our patch of green oop t'lotty, looking lost and cold, during the day. My wife and I quickly take the hog off to our local resue centre, and hope for the best. They are usually with an intestinal worm infestation or hypothermia, being too vulnerable to daytime temperatures. 50% success rate so far, but unfortunately, they seem to give up  very quickly.   Regarding hedgehog 'homes' in the garden, all these store bought contraptions are quite emotional, and a money making industry, capitalizing on well meaning wildlife lovers. The simple solution is to make a rustic lean to covered with leaves, old cuttings and in a quiet spot, Old bramble canes with plenty of thorns will keep the worst of predators out, Keep it simple, and let common sense prevail. One does NOT have to spend £'s and £'s to protect or provide for wildlife ! Nature has been doing it for millions of years, until we came and buggered it all up !

Talkback: 10 uses for nettles

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:59
Making nettle soup with spuds, is quite superb as a health pick-me-up ! Two weeks of regular quaffing of this stuff makes one into a Nettle 'Souper Man'! I am a confirmed and certificated Hypochondriac, and after a fortnight, I cannot find a thing wrong ! Bloody stuff !

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:46

Hi Doris,  Not to worry......... I have lost many hours on carefully swing seeds into wee pots, and watching the tops grow a green moss, turn seeds into small lumps of slimey buttons, grow grass instead of Basil, lettuce or whatever else you can think of. Don't over water, perhaps just sow seeds on the top and then cover very lightly with vermiculite, then cover with a piece of black paper over the pots, LIGHTLY, and if all this fails, give Monty a big rocket. He'll be over the mmon !

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