Singing Gardener


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duckweed dying

Posted: Yesterday at 11:32

I only know how to kill duckweed but perhaps that in itself might help with looking for possible causes? I eliminated the duckweed from my pond using a product called Ecopond which claims to work be introducing bacteria which remove the nutrients needed for the duckweed. It needs to be added to the water at regular intervals and claims not to harm anything else. It certainly worked for our pond and didn't seem to do any harm to other plants, fish or wildlife.

Jasmine Clotted Cream Yellow

Posted: Yesterday at 11:24

I don't have that particular variety but I think it's deciduous, isn't it, so it's just losing its leaves for winter. I have the standard variety and it has already lost most of its leaves.

Shelf life of grease balls for birds

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 22:56

I changed suppliers because the people I first used stopped supplying to individual customers. The original ones were only eaten reluctantly by the birds when everything else had run out but the new ones are always the first thing to go so I think there are big differences between different suppliers.

Shelf life of grease balls for birds

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 14:31

I got carried away with a bulk order last year and ordered far more than I usually do which meant I was still using them more than a year later. The birds seemed absolutely fine with them!

Christmas decorations

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 11:32

We received our first Christmas card yesterday. This friend has always been the first one but I don't think she's sent them in November before!


I think my tree and decorations will go up sometime in the week before Christmas.

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:18

B3: Did that to my son once. He asked for money but specified "preferably not in Venezuelan or Bolivian currency". It's amazing what you can find on Ebay!


I make a written list too but OH is the "head in the sand" sort about Christmas so waits until Christmas Eve and then gets cheap and unsuitable versions of my requests because he hasn't time to find anything else!

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 14:33

I always grow hyacinths for Christmas. I love the smell but OH hates them (but I still grow them!). I also have an indoor jasmine which usually flowers at Christmas.


Christmas trees smell good anyway, of course.

white flies

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 11:18

I always have terrible whitefly problems on all my brassicas but, as has been said already, they wash off with no problem. I think they do affect the growth of the plant though. I've always thought that the problem is that I grow all my brassicas under netting to keep out the butterflies so nothing can get in to eat the whitefly.

Questionnaire about gardening for dissertation

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 11:06

Ah, that explains it. I was thinking I must have managed to skip most of the questions without noticing them!

Wasps in dalek compost

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 10:45

I'd wait a bit until there's been a long spell of cold weather. We have a wasps nest in our larder roof and there are still a small number of wasps going in and out. They do presumably get some warmth from the house though.

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Just hoed up my green manure seedlings!

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ID please

 
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Weed ID please

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I'm so envious of you all!

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