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Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:32

Nutcutlet.............I've never known so much angst over wormcasts.  My" lawn" which I suppose if I am honest, is really just grass and other stuff, is lush and green and beautiful.  I don't have wormcasts ( could be the worms can't see over the top ? ).

As for "too much goodness" ?  Most people would die for that problem.

I admit I was thinking the effect might be on Bullet rather than the can only hope 


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:26

Nutcutlet/ beat me to it 


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:24

You say it is having an effect ?     Could you expand on that ?

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:06

You could try getting hold of some of those large heavy duty plastic barrels and cut them in half.  Punch drainage holes in the base,and sink into the ground half way.  You can disguise the part above ground easily enough.

Not all bamboo do happily in containers but I have 2 planted as described above and provided you water adequately , they don't seem to be suffering unduly.  I also have 2 just stuffed into old compost sacks and they are happy too........not that I m recommending that method by any means

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 16:17

Granma..........let us know the instant yours start to ripen in the fruit dish.  I'm not convinced but will be really happy to be proved wrong

Lyn..........yes, they do need a long season......I just wasn't able to provide it this year...........bad management I guess


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 15:59

Must admit I don't know Bissett bamboo so best to take the advice of those with experience of this one.

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 08:48

Bob............"build a conservatory" why didn't I think of that ?

I'll just have to hope summer begins month preferably

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:39


Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:36

A Polytunnel can be an excellent alternative to  G/ just need to think on and get your ventilation right as you don't have the option of roof vents.

You could certainly do early peas but sprouts would be a bit of a waste of space  unless you are just thinking of raising the young plants before planting out ?  In that case, a good cold frame would be cheaper.

You have the option of polythene covering or open weave......depends what you plan to use the tunnel for ?

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:18

I was a little late doing my peppers this year and due to that and the fact we have been a bit short of sun, I find I am left with 30 peppers which remain resolutely green

I have previously ripened them successfully either on the plant or by hanging in the airing cupboard when necessary.  However, as far as I remember, the fruit had already started to "turn" so it was a case of finishing off.

I really want the greenhouse space now and just wondered if anyone had ripened green fruit off the plant ?  I have Bell, Palermo and Tasty Grill.  I do like green peppers and can always make use of them in various ways but would like a couple of red/orange ones to show for my efforts

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Sweet Peppers

Ripening off the plant. 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 18:16

Using Damson Sauce

Ideas/Recipes appreciated. 
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Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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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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