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Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:53

Erica.......most basic .potting composts  will  only have sufficient nutrients for a season plus they tend to dry out more quickly.

If you want to keep your Oak going, probably best to use a good soil based compost...a John Innes  No. 3 or similar.  It is really just trying to emulate it's "natural" conditions as far as you can I think.

As it is still quite young, treat it as you would any other tree/shrub growing in a container.  Don't overpot , don't overwater, etc.  Easy to say I know.......theory and practicalities don't always seem to match somehow

Best of luck anyway

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:16

Ooh I detect a little dig here ?

In that case, I'd invite Charles Darwin, David Attenborough, John Humphrys, Jeremy Paxman and Keith Floyd.

I might just ask Gordon Ramsey to be Butler as at least 3 of my guests could give as good as they got when Gordon F welcomes them at the door.  Prof. Cox........well.....the washing up perhaps.......dreary job for a dreary person 

Identifying the tree these shoots come from pls

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:58

I'll second that........and go for the rudest word ......b.....d

Unwanted plants

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:51

Depends quite what you mean by exotic/rare ?  If you can identify them and then look for societies/clubs for that species, you may well find that you can rehome most of your plants to knowledgeable growers.  Unless there are some real gems, you may find that people are not willing to pay overmuch, particularly if they have to do the work themselves.

Offer them to neighbours perhaps ?  If you need to raise the cash then a plant sale as Forester suggests or a local market/car boot ( tho with the latter 2, you would need to do the digging and potting up yourself)

 Just remember that in 10 years time when your children are too old to play in their own garden, you may want to buy all those plants back  .  Good luck anyway


How to grow spinach

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:27

I grow the perpetual Spinach.  Sown in Spring, it provides plenty of decent leaves before it bolts in late July/August.  Cut off the flowering spikes and it will continue to produce leaves.  Given a reasonable winter, I would also expect to pick leaves early next year.

I have also just planted out some young ones in the allotment this week which will overwinter and keep going for next season.

Hope this helps

raised beds

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 16:53 the seaweed.  I'm pretty sure there was something on another quite recent thread about the "do's and dont's" of seaweed application.  Several posters use it fresh and swear by it ( I confess I've only used the Liquid Seaweed feed ).  I'm tempted to go foraging here but so close to nuclear power station, I'm not too sure.....might look out at my garden one night and find it glowing in the dark of luck with your project......sounds like you are going to be pretty busy for a while

Grape Hyacinth bulbs...flowering now!?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:14

Grape Hyacinths are already showing growth......nothing to worry about

Hot thread

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:08

Fishy........I'm not disputing Prof. Cox's qualifications by any fact I have to say he has a great talent....that for making a fascinating subject so dreary.

Each to their own tho.......I knew someone who couldn't stand David Attenborough's progs simply because of his style of presentation.  I tried for years to convert her but nothing doing

Carl Sagan........different matter entirely.....he always could make a fascinating subject fascinating

raised beds

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:17

Michael........the leafmould would be useful certainly ........might pay you to have a good nose at the soil deep are they digging and what is the soil like ?  If it is free and seems good sounds like a reasonable bet

Water Butt Smelling Stagnant

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:12

Artjac...  Be so much more interesting ( and fun on a slow day )  if some of these ads even made an attempt at subtle.  Oops - that's an oxymoron for sure 

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Rude but funny.

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