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Wood charcoal ash

Posted: Yesterday at 10:37

The fashionable name for this is biochar - Wikipedia has an article on it. Benefits include enhanced moisture retention. 

Runner beans

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:49

 Maybe the bees are misbehaving. They seem to have learned that they can access the nectar by drilling through the back of the flower thus reneging on their part of the deal -pollination. I watched them do it on my runners last year but I still got enough beans in the end.

What's in my garden?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:28

Looks like a shield fern to me, dryopteris filix-mas maybe? Grows like a weed in my garden.

Coir Compost Blocks

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 01:25

£21 for 3x70 ltr. of compost? Decent price? That is very expensive and very, very poor value for money.

wasp nest

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 01:16

Wasps are b@stards apparently. Anyone remember the old Bing Hitler sketch? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp5SfUbjWew

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:24

Bob Flowerdew - "The no work garden". Found it remaindered in a shop at Bicester and bought it to read while OH was shopping for Britain. Full of good sensible advice.

What have I done?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:34

They might not fly but they can certainly climb, I have found them 8 feet up a grape vine.

Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 12:40

Looks like beech to me. Don't worry about the leaves appearing, mine are at the same stage and will fill out over the next two weeks.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:57

Was an investor in the future using taxpayers money, reckon I got through £120 million. I was a Civil Servant working on science and technology grant programmes such as nanotechnology. My last post before retiring was about encouraging international cooperation in science and technology with the richer countries of the world.

seeds from the USA

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 12:41

I think you mean Natal plum a South African plant, some useful info here www.hartley-botanic.co.uk/featured-blogs/bob-flowerdew/27-natal-plums Seems like you should be able to find seeds in the UK but if not then buying small quantities of seed is easy enough. 

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Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Strange broad bean

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Slow worms and roe deer

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Air pots

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Bean confession

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