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Singing Gardener

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Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:58

I'm another user of Wolf secateurs which I've had for years and they've never locked up. Also it helps that they're brightly coloured so I don't lose them as often as other tools!


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:48

I don't have much of a squirrel problem where I live but my mother has always suffered from having her tulip bulbs dug up from her containers until last year. She bought a rigid black plastic mesh which you install with pegs just below the surface of the soil and it worked a treat.

Wrong coal?

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:57

Fair enough! We've never actually used Boilerjuice to get oil just as a lever to get our usual supplier to cut their initial quote.

Wrong coal?

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 09:48

Welshonion, my OH always gets a quote for heating oil from and then phones our usual supplier to ask if they will match it - so far they've always been willing to do so.

Advent Calendar

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 08:48

It just worked for me so it must have been fixed!


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 11:18

I'm impressed that you grew them from seed! I've got one I bought as a small plant at least 5 years ago which has grown much bigger but has never flowered so I'd love some tips on how to persuade it to. I believe they're more likely to flower if they're pot bound and mine is in a largish pot which it is still growing into so perhaps that's the reason.

stabilising clay banks on wet and windy slope

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 19:02

We have a similar bank around two sides of our garden and it is also clay. It has grass growing on it which seems to keep it stable but is a real pain to keep short so I wouldn't really recommend it.

Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:56

I've found from experience that you have to net all the brassicas which are around or else the caterpillars will do exactly what you say and march along the soil to get at the ones that are netted. I've also found that some of the netting sold as "butterfly netting" doesn't have small enough holes and the butterflies can get through. For the last few years I've grown my sprouts and cabbages in tunnels and cages with small gauge netting and haven't had any problems.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 16:03

Yes, artjak, I agree and it does seem strange. We had a laburnum tree at my school and on one memorable occasion several of the girls in the year above me were rushed to hospital to have their stomach pumps after eating some. They all survived with no ill effects fortunately.

With regard to tetanus jabs, I was told recently by the nurse at my surgery that if you've had 5 jabs then you are protected for life. She then told me that I had had one back in 2003, one in 1987 and that I must have had 3 as a child so therefore I didn't need any more. I have to say I wasn't entirely convinced...


Can I eat chervil roots?

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 10:35

Thanks Bob. I'm not sure whether I'll risk it or not - I had a very bad experience with something that I misidentified as parsnips a few years back so am now extremely cautious!

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