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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 18:55

Sticky tape/ Yellow sticky pads..........catch whitefly but also other beneficial insects.  That was the problem I discovered when using them in G/Houses years ago.  It is difficult I must admit

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 18:04

In West Somerset.... continuous high wind for the last 24 hours and no sign of it abating yet. Very strong gusts.  At least not as much rain as was forecast tho  so "every cloud, etc"

It's my birthday

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:43

Oh Fairy..........happy belated Birthday and hope you feel better now

How and when to move a large Bamboo

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:39

At this time of year, provided you have a good rootball and sufficient soil in the bags, they should be OK for some weeks or even months.  They may suffer a little but nothing that cannot be redeemed when replanted.

You can cut down the canes if you need to but they will not "regrow" canes will come up and take their place thereby encouraging their spread.  It may make life easier if you took some rooted canes from the main clump and start again with those at your new house ?

You don't say what type of Bamboos you have but I'm assuming you have had them some time and are happy with their growth habit.......if not, Verdun makes a fair point


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:10

A good thread Pansy........we need to remember such devastating disasters.


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 17:05

I am considering 2 alternatives Artjac...........I either build a little shelter over my Daleks , install a light and seat and then I can spend the evening watching OR I need to buy a Flat screen Dalek and install it in my living room.  The only soap I watch is idea why other than it is so awful, it's funny ( similar to Verdun's jokes really ) and it doesn't matter if I miss half the episodes.  It is also so full of Bulls**t, it could be described as being an excellent addition to any compost bin

along came a spider

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:50

Beautiful........such elegant creatures

It's my birthday

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 10:03

Happy 50th to you Chicky

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 18:07

Not something I lost I hasten to add but the previous owner of my current house had several "sprightly" children according to the pond has so far revealed all sorts of find being a lovely stainless steel Wok.  I cleaned it up and now use it on a regular basis.  5 or 6 years sunk in the pond doesn't seem to have done it any harm


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:52

"putting worms from the compost bin into the borders is a bit of a waste....."

Debatable but it does depend on how you do it.  If you are trying to build up decent borders (as I am in the process of doing ), some excess worms.....those few recalcitrant individuals who drop onto the ground when the lid is lifted.......can be incorporated into your borders along with some of the organic matter in which they have been living.  I certainly wouldn't advocate hoofing all the worms that collect on the lid out into the post probably didn't make that clear  My method of rehoming my excess worms is just my experience but composting is an interesting subject ( well, it beats what's on TV these days )

I would add that I have only be using the Dalek type bins ( without a front opening either) for a couple of years.....prior to that, I always had the more natural "heaps" along with Wormeries 

Discussions started by philippa smith2


Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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