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Singing Gardener

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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!

Can I eat chervil roots?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 16:38

I was digging up some overgrown salad leaves today and discovered some roots which I initially thought were carrots but have done a bit of googling and decided they must be chervil (which was one of the varieties listed on the seed packet). Can I eat these and if so how should I cook them?

tree shaker tool survey need help

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:42

Hi Betti, I've completed the survey but wouldn't need such a tool in my garden because all my fruit trees are minarettes so the fruit is easily reached. I agree with artjak that there would have to be a way to avoid bruising. Last month I saw some Buddhist monks in China harvesting fruit by shaking the tree manually with other monks holding a big sheet underneath to catch the fruit which I suppose would have reduced any bruising problems.

While I was on holiday in Albania last year I watched an automatic tree shaker being used to harvest olives. This was a big commercial machine though and again a sheet was spread underneath to catch the olives.

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:48

We have a Euphorbia Trigona which my husband bought when he started his first job 34 year ago. It was about 6" tall then and for many years he moved it between offices and jobs until it got too big and he brought it home. It is now over 7 foot tall plus pot and trying to push it's way out of the conservatory roof!

New small pond for frogs/toads

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:32

I'm doing exactly the same and for the same reasons. I put in a mini-pond (well, really a glorified washing up bowl) last spring and did get one frog who took up residence during the hot weather but plan to dig a proper small pond soon.

I've also tried to give up using slug pellets and did find nematodes worked well this year but they're quite expensive. I noticed a new anti-slug spray product from Grazers in one of my recent gardening catalogues and I'm planning to try it next year. It claims to be safe for wildlife but I've no idea how effective it is. I've used their anti-rabbit spray before and that seemed to be quite useful.

White Beetroot

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 10:54

I'm growing a mixture of colours this year and cooked one red and one white to contrast the other day. I preferred the white one, which was sweeter, but OH preferred the red one which had a stronger taste. 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:01

The beetroot seeds are a "Quattro" mix, which is supposed to produce 4 different colours - red, white, yellow and red/white stripes. I've only had red ones and the white one so far so I think the others may have been more reluctant to germinate. It's difficult to tell them apart from the plant though.

I've also avoided "funny" colour beans or the same reason, although I do grow yellow courgettes!

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