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growing grapes

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:39

Look up vine eye cuttings. It is basically a very short cutting with just one bud and is less successful than using a longer hardwood cutting. However if the stalks you have don't have any buds this won't work.

Growing Tea

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:34

Surprised Verdun didn't beat us both to it!

Growing Tea

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:29

Tregothnan is a commercial tea plantation which can supply tea bushes as well as an experience day. https://tregothnan.co.uk/plants-trees/tea-bushes/

 

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:41

Nothing from here (yet!) but over the years - two  holidays to Paris, two lots of hi-fi, ski gear and regular (minimum) prizes from Ernie.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 18:01

Not exactly a pond but the old barbeque doubles as a bird bath during the winter. First time I have ever seen a roe deer drink. Wasn't so happy when he went on to eat my newly emerged crocus .

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/67840.jpg?width=270&height=350&mode=max

 

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 17:58

Not the usual customer for our bird feeders. This one stayed around for 3 days hovering up all the spillage from the bird feeders mainly caused by goldfinches. That is usually the blackbirds job and they were very upset about it!

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/67839.jpg?width=270&height=350&mode=max

 

 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 23:08

My last climb in Scotland before I left to start working in London was the Aonoch Eagach, happy days!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:45

Edd, you have brought back to me memories of climbing Ben More and Stob Binnien in Winter many years ago, not far from you. We climbed up through miserable December rain up into the clouds all the while wondering why on earth we were doing this on such a foul day. Then we broke through the cloud just as we hit the snow line at about 3,000ft and ran the rest of the way up to the summit.  It was a transcendent moment seeing a world consisting of nothing but cloud and snow covered Munroes. Be safe. 

Competitions

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:07

One source of ads which get loaded onto this website (and many others) comes from Adchoices - you will see a small triangle with an i in the centre in the corner of the ads if this system is active. Adchoices is an interest based ad server which will show ads related to your browsing habits, tracking you in effect. If you click on the triangle on one of the ads you should find an option to unsubscribe from the companies who use the Adchoices ad serving system. Unfortunately it won't help with the spammers who already have your details.

Another side effect of an active Adchoices link is that it can slow down trying to use this site on Android tablets. Every time you click a link the Adchoices system tries to access your browsing history to decide which ads to show you and slows things to a crawl.

Fertilzer Concentrations

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 14:19

The simple looking N:P:K label is in fact quite complex. This link explains it in some detail  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labeling_of_fertilizer but you need to know a bit of chemistry to fully understand the implications. For example potash is largely potassium chloride (as used in LoSalt for a low sodium diet) but the K number refers to the equivalent oxide K2O. That is why UK labelling carries more information including the actual elemental composition.

The RHS gives some simpler advice on labelling here https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=451 . It is interesting that the so-called "balanced" fertiliser Growmore (NPK of 7:7:7) is in fact a high nitrogen fertiliser.

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