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Mushroom identification

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 22:45

Might be Smooth Parasol (Leucoagaricus leucothites) which is poisonous if eaten but not as dangerous as Death Cap. The Death Caps I have found have a sickly green cap and I don't think these are Death Caps. Dove's advice is sound though - leave them alone. 

Labels or forget

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:09

I was about to throw out a seed tray with what I thought were weed grass seedlings when I remembered that I had planted agapanthus seeds there . At least I hope that is what I have now. Either that or the weeds have become very regimented and now grow only in straight lines.

rotovator

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:47

Marazzini Ernesto (S.P.A) is the name of the company who made it. They are/were based in Parabiago near Milan in Italy. They would likely have used a commercially avaliable engine such as Briggs & Stratton but more likely an Italian engine. If you can  identify the engine then that makes the spares issue easier. Parts like carburettors tend to come from companies such as Zama and are easy to repair or replace.

I would think that they are much more common in Italy so a search on Italian eBay might give you some idea of second hand prices.

COMPETITIONS

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 17:43

Our household has been lucky over the years - two holidays to France, two hi-fi's, full set of ski gear. I dream about diving on the GBR though!

Agapanthus help please

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:18

Sounds like it is completely congested and needs splitting up. Probably safest to wait until March before dividing though. It can be done now and would probably be OK in Devon but in colder areas I would definitely wait till Spring.

coir

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:09

Much cheaper here http://shop.fertilefibre.com/new-subcategory/coir-blocks-and-bales/organic-coir-bale-kg.html Best prices are for 12 or more when it is only £5.20 for a block that gives 70 litres when hydrated. Free delivery too. Sounds OK to me but I haven't used them yet.

Wine making

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 16:40

If you want to produce vinegar then follow the advice to not use an airlock. Cotton wool or muslin will not keep out bacteria and will definitely not keep out oxygen both of which will spoil the wine very quickly.

What is this bush?

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 23:10

The ripe berries are edible, have a nice treacle flavour. 

Silica cat litter instead of vermiculite

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 22:25

Try builders merchants for exfoliated vermiculite. It is used as insulation and might be cheaper than from garden centres or pet stores.

Rubin blackberries

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:42

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/blackberry-reuben/classid.2000018100/ has useful info on what to do. I think that the "soft-tip" treatment may help you get a better crop. I would also try leaving the primocanes for a second year as suggested.

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