philippa smith2

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Cesspit runoff field and vegtable growing

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:14

Provided the Cesspit works as it should, I don't think you are in imminent danger 

There is a difference between a cesspit and a septic tank but if either is only serving your land, you will be aware of what you are flushing down the loo so to speak.  In days gone by, the run off was used to spread on fields growing crops for human consumption. Spreading slurry on crop fields is still done - think about all the antibiotics going thru the system - is that any better ? 

If you are on a shared system, that is a different matter. No knowing what your neighbour is putting down their loo

What should you know on Thompson Morgan Bulb offers

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 18:39

Plenty of bulbs available if you aren't looking for anything special at GC, DIY stores etc for reasonable prices and no P&P. You can see/feel what you are buying as well


Cordyline sprouts

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:40

Look up "Air Layering" LG 

Are these Linaria???

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:34

Glad I'm not the only one Kitty 

Thanks for the explanation Ladybird - still don't GET it tho

Alchemilla mollis

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:24

I'm not sure you are doing anything wrong Erics Mum - it strikes me that you have the best of both worlds - a nice leafy clump without the ( usual ) inevitable rooting out of seedlings. To my mind, the flowers are just an addition - it's the foliage I like 

Cordyline sprouts

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:13

Altho I've never done it LG , I've got a feeling Verdun has had some success. Sharp gritty compost and bottom heat but cut down the sprouts by 2 thirds.

I've only been successful with "sprouts" growing close to the ground which already had roots.

Hope this helps - a bit anyway

Empty wheelbarrow

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:05

You have an empty wheelbarrow ? Wish I could say the same

Ladybird's Pansies are a good bet - prims or polyanthes ,Cyclamen too.

lemon tree

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:00

There is no such thing as a Lemon bush - it is a tree plain and simple

10 inches isn't very tall - let it grow on for another couple of years at least.  Build up the structure and root base first.  

Keep it outside for as long as possible - citrus don't like the hot dry atmosphere of houses.


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:46

4 years ago, I inherited a large number of Autumn fruiting raspberries and whilst I like the fruit, these have just got way over the top.

I think originally they were planted within a bed surrounded by sleepers but they have since crept over and under and are now completely out of hand.  

Having taken some canes and put to one side, I need to get rid of the rest.  Having removed all the flowers/incipient fruit, I've painted with Glyphosate and "bagged" them.  

There seems to be some success with the small new growth and the tops of the tall canes are dying off.

I'm wondering whether I am wasting my time doing it this way as I am unsure how long it will take to work down into the roots.

Is it better to cut every single cane down to a few inches and then paint the cuts with .....what ?

Physically digging out has worked to a certain extent but impossible to do all as other shrubs/plants close by which I'd like to keep.

Any advice greatfully received 

Gladioli seeds

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:31

Does depend where you are located as to whether Glads will survive in the ground overwinter.

I don' bother lifting mine as they survive and multiply here ( SW UK )

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What camera set up ? 
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Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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