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Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:26

Shepp.......I think that is a bit unfair only to mention a London mayoral candidate - not all of us live in the Metropolis.  

Lobbying is not always the same as Campaigning..........we have to go through whatever local authority currently runs our area.  Well, that's not strictly true of course but I have better things to do in my local community than to trot up to Westminster and "lobby" MP's who have no interest in what I say.

As you say, better to spend the time in your garden, your allotment, nearest green space or WHY.

Don't let any grouchiness put you off from offering your views......we will all become happy Bunnies once summer gets underway.  


Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:07

"Cooler " Hazel ?  Tut tut......It is "Kooler" now I think.  You must keep up

Steve.......hope Goat speaks proper, like

Runnybeak..........  Bet he at least called it a Cardi tho rather than a...........erm.........there must be a modern term for a cardi ?  One of you will know I'm sure.

Ooh....Indian Runners........I do like them 


Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:13

"I'm sure something will annoy someone again sooner or later "   B3

Yes, something, here you got my goat ( well, like, not literally before any of you post me a replacement goat)

Big Ticket Issues........on the petitions thread.  What is wrong with "important matters" ?

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:07

Sheppardseedco......I'm not sure you will get too many on board by referring to "big ticket issues "........( unless we can get a P D on the reduction of jargon ) but I take your point.  

People have been campaigning for a number of years on the issues you mention but Govt. policies roll on regardless.

It might be more applicable to lobby for people to be more politically aware - many of us are but we are getting older and grouchier and few and far between


basil seedligs wont grow

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:38

iamto..........your house may well be 21 degrees but unless you provide a micro climate for your Basil, it will not take much note of the room temperature.

Sorry to be so negative

How to look after Agave Americana Marinata Variegata

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:34

Yes......I forgot to say that I always put gravel on the surface.  It helps to stop the top layer of soil drying out and making you think they need watering and also reflects any heat.

If you like agaves, Agave americana "mediopicta".is more attractive than the A.a.variegata.........a central white stripe which really stands out.  I think I have a baby if you'd like to try it ?

basil seedligs wont grow

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:25

I've only just sown my Basil today.  8 degrees is a bit chilly to expect a heat lover to make much of an effort I think

Bridal Wreath

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:23

Bit early yet for the spirea Bibi2 ?  Did it flower last year ?

Call for a parliamentary debate on gardening and horticulture

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:21

Given the reduced quality of the garden programmes shown on TV these days,I'd suggest there may well be more sense in lobbying for the important aspects of horticulture.  

I can see that it can be annoying to constantly have schedule changes due to sport, etc. but it's hardly the end of the world is it ?  I doubt any gardeners have thrown up their hands and said " Well, that's it - I'm not going to do any more gardening ".

A sense of perspective is called for here IMHO.

How to look after Agave Americana Marinata Variegata

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 16:49

Best planted in a JI 3 soil with added grit.  They will survive a bit of frost but not if they are wet........difficult to accomplish over this winter if kept outside as frost followed on quickly from regular downpours  The variegated agaves do tend to be slightly less hardy than the plain.  If you still have them outside in the late Autumn, it is a good idea to lay the pots at an angle so that the rain doesn't sit in the centre  and help towards rotting.

Most of mine are in clay pots for 2 reasons......they are heavy plants once any size and the clay pots help stabilise them.  It also helps to keep them from being overwatered ( should we get enough sun this summer for them to need watering of course  )

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