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How long does it take you?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:52

See not only do I know Latin names I'm also psychic! Sorry it was late at night... or was it early morning? Anyway I'd read several posts and got them mixed up. Apologies to both Nut and Dove I agree with whoever it was a few posts ago who said it's about what you're passionate about. I drive a car but other than the seats, steering wheel and tyres I have no idea what the other bits are called.

P.S. this spell checker is American. It's just suggested I change tyres to tires! Hummphh 

what is this tree?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:37

I'm assuming there should be a photo?

plants suitable for a stoney bank

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:33

Oooh yes prostrate Rosemary. Good idea!

plants suitable for a stoney bank

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:30

Rosemary & Thyme do well in stony ground


Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:27

Long range water gun. You can squirt without them seeing you. Works a treat! 

Creating a lawn on a rubble full and weed infested front garden.

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:24

I think you'd be in danger of bits of metal flying off the rotivator, they're generally meant to turn over soil (unless anyone knows of a super industrial type). I'd personally stick to the pick axe and focus on the exercise element of using it

The cow manure would be best left to rot down, or if you have a compost bin put it in there and let the worms mix it up with the rest.

If you've only got subsoil you'll need some top soil before you can seed it. The rotted manure would help as a soil improver and add some nutrients, but it won't much transform the subsoil into a good medium for seed. Even if you bought turf, it still needs laying on a decent bed of top soil


How long does it take you?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:10

I agree with Dove. I suppose it's years of reading gardening books, listening to GQT and watching Gardeners World, but I find Latin names easier to remember than the myriad of common names which differ depending where in the country - or world - you are. 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:01

Garlic spray has worked in previous years, but this one has been so wet it's just been slug nirvana



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 06:36

I'm thinking of resorting to Nematodes after seeing how well they've worked on a friend's slug population while my population has exploded this year


What to do with rhubarb?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 06:30

I need to replenish my rhubarb stock. What's your favourite variety? Not Timperely Early as that's the one I'm replacing.

Regards how to use it, my favourite as a child (and still is) was an eggcup full of sugar and a raw stick of rhubarb. I also gave this to my kids, which they loved and still remember, except they confessed recently that when I wasn't looking they used to refill the eggcup of sugar

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