Singing Gardener

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Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

Posted: Yesterday at 10:50

I think it depends a lot on what seeds they are. I have lots that I continue to use for years (lettuce, french beans, beetroot, in particular because there are loads in a packet). Others don't seem to last so well. I seem to remember that somebody posted a list of the expected lifetime of different seeds here but it was a long time ago.

seed sowing multi-cell trays

Posted: Yesterday at 10:39

I use a the flat end of a short bamboo cane to push mine out. It works fine so long as they're not too wet.

Have you been to this park? Has it got plants?

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 12:47

The Battersea park fountains look similar in some of the pictures but not sure if that's the one!

What to do with Shreded branches

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:13

I've always added mine to the compost bin but now you've made me worry that it might be the wrong thing to do! (Never had any problems though).

Is it too late to plant Anemone Blanda corms?

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 11:37

I'm in Essex but we did have a heavy frost yesterday so I cheated and planted them in troughs in container compost. I'll probably move them to somewhere more permanent next autumn (if they come to anything this year...)

They were packets from Tesco and I was amused that the instructions said "Plant Sep - Dec" and the packet was marked "Display until Dec 31st"!

Is it too late to plant Anemone Blanda corms?

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 10:10

I was given some anemone blanda corms (and chinodoxa) for Christmas and planted them yesterday so I'm hoping they'll give me flowers at some point....!

duckweed dying

Posted: 10/12/2016 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: 10/12/2016 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!

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