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Tree work near electric Wires!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:21

The power company can legally remove any vegetation which interferes with the power lines.  If you also have an electric pole sited on your property, they can  remove/ cut back any vegetation which " interferes" with the pole itself. In the latter situation, your property deeds should show the Wayleave Agreement and any annual payment due to you.  In my experience, the companies responsible do only what is needed from a safety aspect and don't tend to chop stuff down unless necessary

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:45

Newsprint can be pretty deadly too.  You could die of fright ......don't even need to brush against it.....just look at it

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 18:47

The last really hard winter that I can recall was 1962 but beggared if I can remember how many berries were about......probably under the snow drifts  Oh, 1985 or 86 wasn't too clever either but the same applies........berries in profusion ?  Can't remember.  If the last few days are anything to go by, it is just going to be wet, wet, wet but with some cold thrown in as well.  The Newts have spoken

How to sharpen secateurs

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 18:32

A decent whet stone usually does the trick

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:55

Castor Oil plants ( Ricin) are extremely attractive specimens.  I've seen them grown as bedding plants alongside schools in Spain. 

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:46 mean your Parsnips don't scream when you dig them up ?  I swear I can hear my carrots shriek

Nutcutlet......the "worm" myth is still amazingly prevalent.  Just as well most of us have loads of them tho when I'm digging, I always put them to one side when I can.  It's also quite scary how deep some of my Newts are burying themselves ......I always work with a Yoghurt pot to hand at this time of year.

I accidentally grew tomatoes!!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 16:57

Bigpat........the only problem I can see if you put the waste toms in a pot indoors now, they will probably germinate which would be far too early.  If potted up with some of the kitchen waste, you may also find that any insects or fruit flies will be a bit of a nuisance.  The idea of sticking it in your outside compost is that the seeds will be protected from the cold winter but will, with the warmer Spring temps., germinate naturally and then you can plant out.  If you can't put in the outside compost, you could do exactly what you suggest but not until say March next year ( depends on where you are and what temps you have ).  Some people sow their tomato seeds in Jan/Feb in a propagator but then you have the problem of light levels.  Sown too early, you can risk very leggy plants with the 1st truss not appearing until way up the stem.  Those sown later ....say April or even May....will more often than not easily catch up with the earlier ones and be sturdier plants with the 1st truss forming lower down the stem.....ideal because then you can aim for 6 trusses per a manageable height plant outdoors in a good summer.  That is often why self seeders make good plants as they have germinated and grown at their "natural" rate.

It's also worth of note that those seeds passed thru animal ( or even human !  ) guts seem to germinate more readily

Hope this helps

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:43

Tootles.......if you or a neighbour grows Comfrey, chop the leaves up and add to your compost.  Alternatively, "stew" the Comfrey leaves and use the resultant liquid ( diluted by 50 % ) to water your bin

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:25

PeatB............we are constantly saving some and  unwittingly signing others death warrants...... (usual human interference I suppose  )

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:08

GG...........I've often read descriptions of Alnwick but not managed to visit yet.  I imagine it is quite an eye opener even to those of us who are aware of the inherent dangers of gardening

Edible fungi.......makes my mouth water.  When I lived in France, the nuns from the local convent often brought me gifts of these.  Tossed in butter, fresh garlic and parsley.......Mmmm......delicious

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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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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