philippa smith2

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Removing Moss

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 18:36

A grass rake would do that I think.  If you look up "Lawns" on this forum you will find several threads offering advice on how to achieve the perfect lawn - or at least a decent lawn if you are not too fussed

Moss in your beds is probably just due to poor drainage and compaction.  Fork it over to break it up and look at your overall soil composition.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 18:08

I wonder how many use chemicals on their hair but draw the line on using them in the garden ? and is it really logical ?

Similar thing with cosmetics I suppose.   

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:53

I rather like my neighbour's hair - a lady of 92, with very dark grey and then a paler streak from front to crown.  She always reminds me of a badger


Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:41

Heard recently ( could have been Tweet of the Day ? ) that whilst starlings are suffering a decline the upside is that GS Woodpeckers are taking advantage  - less competition for nesting sites.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:27

Rosemary was always supposed to be good for a final rinse.  Don't know what it did exactly but your head always smelled nice

Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 19:51

Monty Don is only one of the endless Garden presenters we have seen over the years. He doesn't particularly stand out IMHO but everyone has to make a living.  If he floats your boat......great.... but I wouldn't believe everything he says 

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 15:24

Some still available if anyone wants ?

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 16:38 all means ......a fellow hedgehog person........that's nice

If you can PM me with your address, I'll be more than happy to send you a couple of tickets.

Fennel-bad idea?

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:54

Just to add to this, I grow the herb Fennel ( as opposed to the bulb Florence fennel ) because I use it fairly often ( great with fish ! ).

It sits in the same bed as various other veg - all types of lettuce, radicchio, beans, potatoes and other herbs such as marjoram, chives, rosemary, Land cress, etc. Things get swapped around but apart from the potatoes, that is my usual mix.

I must admit I've not noticed any conflict so far.

Verdun is right tho - everyone's experiences add to the knowledge we can glean from here - there is rarely a true "right" or "wrong"  - what works well for one may not for another and vv. 

House plant id

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:29

Aloe variegata aka Partridge breasted aloe.  Tall flower spikes when mature.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Freecycle sites

Giving stuff away for free ??  
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1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

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Neighbour discharging rainwater from roof on to my garden. 
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A Puzzle to help you over the winter

The Ultimate Alphabet 
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Blatant advertising

Lack of above lately 
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Hazel hurdles/panels

Using these as a fence 
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Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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