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Ethiopian banana plant

Posted: Yesterday at 19:06

If you are in a warmer climate than the UK then yes - your Banana could be happily suckering.

If you are in the UK and have your Banana in suitable conditions then also yes - new growth could be showing now.

Rain water catchment

Posted: Yesterday at 15:34

Singa Vera .....In the region of £50 I'd guess


Posted: Yesterday at 15:20

PPauper - that has to be the most elegant V sign I've ever seen

Rain water catchment

Posted: Yesterday at 15:12

Done but couldn't complete No. 8 for some reason.

Bees and insecticides?

Posted: 21/02/2018 at 16:42

Another "Me Too" - both Honey and Bumble bees ( not very technical terms I'm afraid ) are about in my garden throughout the winter months as well as all summer.

Rarely worth spraying anything in the garden unless you have a specific pest which you have identified and wish to target.  Even then, it is usually possible to find an alternative solution without the use of manufactured insecticides.

Perhaps if you say exactly what you are trying to eliminate, others may be able to offer you a more environmentally friendly solution.  There is rarely any shortage of advice on this forum and it is always worth asking

Dye for pond water

Posted: 21/02/2018 at 14:38

Thank you Beausmum and Dave for clarifying it's use in that particular instance

Bananas for Orchids?

Posted: 19/02/2018 at 17:51

Whilst the most popular  ( dare I say Trendy ? ) orchid these days seems to be Phalaenopsis -  the supermarket favourite - there are others.

Both Cymbidium and Dendrobium will provide a beautiful show ( the latter scented to boot ),  In 30 years, I  haven't yet had to resort to mashing up banana skins to get them to flower


Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:26

Check out Haiths - they supply various seeds - either mixtures or separate types. Plenty of  other suppliers too. 

 Goldies do like their own feeders for Nyger seed.

On the path to self-sufficiency in Sweden

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:20

Didn't Sweden have a re introduction scheme for wolves some years ago ?  Sure I remember hearing/reading about it.  

Dye for pond water

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 18:09

GD - never heard of black dye for a pond ( didn't see the programme ) but what reason did AT give for using it ?  If it was suggested just for the "look" of it, I wouldn't waste time or money and I'd be a bit surprised at AT for promoting it on that basis alone.

Does it contain something to kill blanket weed ?  As you know, usual method is to remove it by hand ( or stick ! ).  Barley bales or the barley liquid will help as will a good coverage of surface vegetation ( watercress does well - grows thru winter here in the SW - good salad pickings too ).

Your pond is relatively new I think so it needs a year or two to settle down perhaps ?  

Personally, I'd be wary of adding anything other than plants

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