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growing grapes

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:50

If you know someone who has a grapevine, ask them for some cutting material when they next prune.  They take easily from cuttings but I've never known them to grow from a bunch ( unless there is a viable part stem attached - unlikely IMO )


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:13

GG..........Hibiscus used to self seed like mad for me in France.  They would flower profusely, drop seeds and then seedlings would appear in Spring.  We used to get some fairly hard frosts there so I would imagine that a cold period helps them.

I brought seedlings back to the UK with me but the trees are still too small to flower as yet but yours should germinate in a cold g/h or frame here I imagine.

i been given this advice but '.................

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:17

Granma..........I would imagine your friend was thinking of any calcium content in the cheese.  I doubt there would be enough for it to make any difference, particularly for old dogs.

If you think extra calcium is needed, perhaps a calcium supplement would be a better bet ?  Probably worth having a word with your Vet ?

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:11

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:47

Bekkie.........IMO they are best grown in the garden as they do grow very tall.  Make a nice screen/windbreak.

I quite like the flavour but Buttercup has a point about the wind.  If you leave any tubers in the ground, they will grow the following season so could be a bit invasive if you aren't careful.

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:28

Minos..........have you had problems with chickens and ponds ?  I ask because I have never come across that before.  Mine have always resided happily alongside ponds......all they ever do is have a drink and admire their reflections


Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:22

Liners are definitely easier and better than preformed.  Wildlife ponds don't need a pump or moving water and water lillies much prefer still water.  A dwarf form is available which should suit the size of pond you are considering.  There are lots of plants for ponds from marginal to deep water.  Just watch you get the types which won't take over

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:15

I can definitely vouch for the fact that fish, frogs and newts ( as well as a variety of dragonfly larvae, beetles and others ) will reside happily in the same pond if it is large enough.

The fish do eat the frog spawn as do the newts and both also eat any fish eggs.  You can always keep some frog spawn in a separate container until they become tads - gives them a better chance.

If I hadn't inherited my fish, I wouldn't have them in a wildlife pond given the choice but it can be done

I would certainly agree with the above comments that a good depth is vital.....less temperature fluctuations if nothing else.

Kitchen Offers Reviews

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:41

Quality of advert......... rubbish

plants or shrubs

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:08

All the above suggestions sound good  ( tho be careful with the Carex - not all of them enjoy boggy soil ).

However, as you say the ground does not belong to you and is sometimes used by dog walkers, I'd be wary of expending a great deal of money on purchasing plants if they are at risk of people walking over them and dogs peeing ( or worse ) on them

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Kindle e readers

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Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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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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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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