philippa smith2

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Posted: 12/10/2015 at 19:01

You can use your own Garlic to plant for the next harvest.  The only cautionary comment would be that if you do this continually, you could have a build up of disease.  You can get away with it for as long as you produce good healthy bulbs.

Personally, I prefer to plant in Autumn...........lift one crop in Sept/Oct and plant the new one straight after.  I do live in the South West UK tho


For those who keep Chickens

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 18:56

I've noticed that my Chickens always make a beeline for the seed heads of Carex flagellifera and the seed pods of Nicandra.  They seem to prize these above all else.

Wondered if anyone had other examples of the seeds their chickens particularly favour ?



Posted: 12/10/2015 at 18:41

Yes, Hoyas don't produce " fruit "  as such  but if it  flowers  regularly and the conditions are right, it will eventually produce seed.

As said above, an easy plant to propagate from cuttings.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:05

Did carnation and pink cuttings and dumped horse manure bags in various parts of garden and be spread when I find a minute. 

Looked (again ) at my cabbage and sprout plants and put off planting out for another day

when to start growing

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:58

I'd leave it until March or your seed in a cool dry place until then 

Crumbly raspberries

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:37

Chapelhead.........if they are too messy to use individually, freeze them.......lots of uses for them that way and a shame to waste them

Watercress...would you....

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:33

Pete......I liked the no (known) ill effects  

People are far too frightened of nature these days......nothing like a bit of dirt to keep your immune system healthy


Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:25

Dogs are rather disgusting creatures when all is said and done

I doubt any gardener is going to spread Bonemeal to such an extent ........a little goes a long way..........a bit of nous and everyone's pets should be safe and happy

Bulbs sprouting

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:19

Lots of stuff is confused with the Marsh Marigold are busily flowering in the pond.

Plant your Crocus now and they will be OK........the weather will make them adjust

Hibiscus needs pruning

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:16

Depends where you are located........hibiscus can be pruned back now..........if you are concerned about frost damage, leave until the Spring.  You can then prune back to the new growth.

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