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fruit and veg

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:28

Treat it the same as you would any animal manure. If you really want the exercise you can dig it in now but spread over your beds, worms are still active enough at the moment to work it. The winter weather will break it down further and then you can dig it in at the end of winter. 


cestrum nocturnum

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:56

OK Martin, thanks..........much depends on the winter doesn't it ?  Cheshire can be a bit chilly in comparison to the  Somerset coast but  as I have more than enough indoor and Greenhouse  plants , I think I might try and see how they go.

Final question.......where did you buy the seeds and how did you germinate them....propagator ?  Were they quick to germinate ?

Thanks again 

cestrum nocturnum

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 17:55 you plan to put your Cestrum in the garden eventually or are you only keeping for the conservatory ?

I've had Cestrum parquii for many years and as a half hardy shrub, it sometimes gets cut back in a cold winter ( I always take cuttings just in case).  I like it and it always flowers extremely well with a second flush at this time of year.  However, the flowers cannot be said to have an attractive scent which is why your C nocturnum interests me.  Be interested to hear your views on it as a garden plant.......even with winter protection.  I am in SW England.


Plant identification help needed

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:07

Phormium.  These are evergreen so you don't cut them down.  Just a general tidy up by removal of dead leaves if you want.

Talkback: Leatherjackets in lawns

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 19:20

I do so agree............what is the reasoning behind having a garden ( a natural space ?) and then doing the utmost to kill everything that appears ?

As for the Coffee Grounds idea...........well, I suppose if you have sufficient grounds and the time to spread them over a lawn, it's always worth a try..........less aggravating might just be to use chemicals.....a wonderful sterile environment.


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:56

Broken neck means they will not land much further from the object they hit.  They can move a distance with severe injuries and then keel over at a distance - just as Nutcutlet describes.

If you have a local Vet who is interested, you could ask them to do a Post Mortem or perhaps your local Wildlife Trust would undertake a PM or at least an examination of the bird to determine age, general health ( or lack of it in this case ).  It all adds to the knowledge of these birds

Saxifrage brown in middle?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:46


Saxifrage brown in middle?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:45

Nematodes won't be any use.....the Woodlice are simply there to feed on the decaying parts of your plant.

Take cuttings from the green pieces of your plant and start again.  Check that the soil conditions and the site are the best for your saxifrage.

dehydrating chilli peppers

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:39

You could just string them as Obelix describes and hang them over a dry heat source indoors if you are too late to dry them outside ( Aga,( move them away when you are cooking to avoid the condensation ) a radiator, airing cupboard etc.)

Can you help id a plant I've been given?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:28

A Tradescantia of some sort ?

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