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Different coloured wooden sleepers when wet?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:44

I think the word "sleeper" is a bit of a misnomer nowadays.  Railway sleepers were treated with creosote/tar and if you purchased these, they would last for ever ( more or less ).

The "sleepers" you buy these days are simply timber which has been cut to resemble the old sleepers and treated to a greater or lesser degree.

Provided they have been adequately pressure treated, they will gradually "age" but you cannot expect each one to look exactly the same.  Natural product and all that

Can a rusty storage water drum dammage my soil?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:27

I'd agree with Pansy..........just think of all the rusty bits laying around on allotments, farm yards etc.  No ill effects so relax and enjoy your free "iron chelate"

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:20

Has anyone grown L chloranthus  ?  No scent but should be a good yellow.  I confess to being very disappointed with the results of mine.  The flowers don't seem to open fully before they are over..........bit wimpish to say the least.  Don't think it is my fault particularly as the others have performed well given the rubbish weather we have had this year.

I was intending to save the seed for next year but not sure it is worth it.

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 17:56
Why only 4 legged ? My parrot gardened with me for over 40 years and I still miss his input.


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 17:52
I've grown this plant in several of my is rarely nibbled or attacked by anything.

No bodies laying around........human or otherwise........just another plant to add to the list of those you shouldn't consider eating........otherwise known as "using your nous" I believe.

shredder bits

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 18:02
Shredded paper can be incorporated in your compost bin......but NOT the shiny stuff. .Never use as a straight mulch..... for the obvious reasons given above.

Help needed!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 19:07
The techy people's consensus re Windows 10 seems to be to wait at least 6 months until the inevitable glitches are ironed out ( more or less anyway ). They will still be offering a free download at that time. There are some stories about the difficulties encountered if you opt for it now.

Phormium Mauri Queen

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 10:23
I have noticed this only once and that was on a different phormium to yours Neville. I think it was Flamingo. It occurred when I lifted the plant which had outgrown its space. I took off several smaller sections and I noticed 2 of these were affected in the way you describe some few weeks after planting them. The main section and the other sections were not affected at all.

coffee grinds

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:54
I don't think they are any good for deterring slugs and snails but dried and mixed in with your MPC, they certainly do not do any harm

Help needed!

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:47
I'm not sure that it is a good idea to ask for a "blanket" ban on Cats or any other subject which relates to gardens and gardeners.

We are, I assume, adults who can put their point of view and debate. I don't think we usually need the input of moderators to keep us in check. Put your point of view and look at others.

Some of us will never change our minds whatever evidence we are faced with but once we have made our point, there is little to be gained from sniping.

I find this forum friendly and helpful...........the odd argument ensues but that is just people.............we are never always going to agree on every topic.

Just concentrate on fixing the glitches which people find...............we don't need censorship.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

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Timber Compost Bins

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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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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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