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fig tree

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 09:14

Please be extremely cautious with regard to the sap from certain types of fig trees.

If it contacts your skin you don’t notice anything immediately. Even after washing your hands nothing is apparent. The next day many people suffer very nasty blisters akin to burns.

Thick gloves, all bare skin covered and it’s also advisable to wear eye protection as the sap can blind.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 12:21

Which reminds me…….

Whilst posted overseas, in the Middle East, sometime ago, I woke one morning feeling really under the weather and rather down, so I threw my gardener in a bucket of bleach.

That really lightened Mahmood.

Spontaneous Combustion

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 11:38

In many of the gardening related publications, that no doubt many of us subscribe to, over the past few months, (same time every year), under “things to do”, there have been articles about keeping our tools clean for the coming season. And so we should.

What is often advised is the use of Linseed Oil to maintain wooden handled tools. Fine, I hear you say but what is not always mentioned are the dangers of spontaneous combustion of the cloths/rags that are used.

I am by no means an expert in these sorts of things but I do take care and dry my cloths/rags out with plenty of air circulation around before tidying up. Just throwing them into a corner all covered in oil or jammed in a pot or whatever can result in a fire quite quickly.

Maybe there are more technically aware folk here who can elaborate further.

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 11:22

Thank you Posy for your good advice.

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 09:30

I have no idea what it is called but I do recognize a Dahlia when I see one.

Having never grown Dahlias before I have lifted the plant I discovered in our newly acquired garden, (came free with our new house!!), after it died back, shook most of the soil from the tubers and wrapped them up in old newspaper for the time being and put them in the shed. I did this at the end of December.

The tubers look sort of like potatoes.

Can I separate these tubers and pot them up is my question and when should this be done?

what's best item you've ever won?

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 07:10

I once won a return ticket.

Weed Killer

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 07:41

Rosate 36. Amazon. A tad of an outlay up front at about 38 quid for 5 ltr but you dilute it and it goes a very very long way, becoming economical in the long run. Works for me 100%. Just follow the instructions. Works on just about everything and is animal friendly. Just, as with most products of this type, keep it away from water.

orange moss!!

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 06:41

Good morning. Now I am by no means an expert on this, or indeed anything, but my thoughts are that it could just be iron rich water leaching from the soil and oxidizing when in contact with the air when it reaches the surface causing it to “rust”. Don’t know if this would work to kind of prove this but try running a magnet of some description through it and see if it sticks. If it does then I doubt there is anything to worry about. If it doesn’t wash your hands well!!! (Probably best to wear gloves just in case).

Weather forecast?

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 07:00

It was accurate and very useful.

Please bring it back.

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