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Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:52

Thanks Bob.  It's just that there are so many.  I'm a tad concerned they will effect the growth of my seeds.  I wish I knew if they were safe to eat but will definitely not take a chance there.  Where is Ray Mears when you need him?!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:40

Is that type of geranium called a cranes bill? Sorry, I'm still a beginner but thought it was....

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:39

Hi, just on the compost chat....I must have had a bag with mushroom seeds / spores / roots (not sure what to call them) needless to say I now have a raised trough full on the blighters.  Plucked them all out (or so I'd thought) yesterday only to come home to find hundreds more!  i posted on this and nut kindly advised they're nothing to worry about but the sheer number of them, and depth and thickness of the stems mean they are swamping my carrots and radish and they must surely be taking goodness from the soil.  I've only used j Arthur and murphys compost brands so one of them is under suspicion! Any one else had this problem?

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:01

Thanks Nutcutlet.  I'll leave them be then.  But it is like a mushroom party out there!

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:51

Hello! Does anyone know if mushrooms will be doing harm to my strawberies, carrot seedlings, radish and spring onions? I think they must have sprouted from the compost I used (arthur bowers).  There are loads of them and they have really long stems.  I'm a bit worried that they are taking good nutrients from the soil, and gulping up when I water.  I've tried pulling them out but I can't keep up with the little blighters!  I dug over the soil yesterday, and when I got home from work today you'd have thought I'd have sown miracle speed growing mushrooms! They are quick little sprouters!

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:26

They say the best things come to those who wait Woodgreen!  I'm banking on mine saving me some money; not because I'm growing things to eat, but because I don't want to go on holiday and miss out on my greenhouse time!  

Ooooh, and isn't it fab when it starts raining outside and you're all tucked up with the tomatoes?! 

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:54

How lovely reiver.  If you're anything like me the greenhouse will soon become your sanctuary.  Unfortunately I'm a long way off retirement, but I absolutely love popping in to my greenhouse first thing in the morning and as soon as I get in from work. A much welcome place for some peace and quiet away from computers, phones and meetings. Like woodgreen wonderboy, a radio is essential, as is a place for a cuppa. It's my first year of being a proud and happy owner.  I was wondering if courgettes and runner beans can be grown in one or do they do better outside?  Ooh and aubergines too.  Like you, I am guilty of overwatering.  

I reckon I can physically feel my stress levels drop when I step inside mine!  Love it!


Posted: 27/04/2013 at 18:25

Afternoon folks, is it ok to put my small tommy plants in my greenhouse bed or should they be kept in pots for a while? Thanks

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 16:07

If you go to the competitions page on this website there is a competition to win plants from them.  I'm not sure how relevant this is at all (!) just an observation. 

Cat Poo in the compost !

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 07:59
My friends severely disabled son has a cat. Since owning the cat (from a rescue centre) my friends son's speech has improved loads ( as he's always chatting away to the cat) and his movement is so much better too. The cat provides him with companionship, responsibility, fun and love. I sincerely hope that none of their neighbours feel the need to hurt or scare his cat simply for its natural behaviour. Very often there is a bigger picture, I appreciate on both sides of the cat debate, but some of the suggestions I've read on this forum are worryingly cruel and very very wrong.

Discussions started by Tootles

What a lovely smell!

Sweet scent of stocks. 
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A few random questions...

Getting the basics right (or at least learning to!) 
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Well I'll be pickled!

Quick, buy shares in Vinegar! 
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Yum yum

Cucumber pie, sandwich, cake, lasagne anyone?!?! 
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What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

I always get stuck at this point! 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 06:41

Courgette questions!

Sorry about the Benny hill style photo.... 
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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 16:31

What do you do with garlic?

Do you dry it out? 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 20:42

Baby pigeon

Did I do the right thing? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 15:21

I want to gag!!

How do I get it off my hands...? 
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Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 06:16

Bbc Gardeners World Live at the NEC - humph!

Hidden extras.... 
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Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 13:52

Is this Elderflower?

And is anyone an Elderflower guru? 
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Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 19:54


Will they grow in pots? 
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Last Post: 25/05/2014 at 15:13

Naughty Frost!

Tatie tips look tinged.... 
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Last Post: 08/05/2014 at 20:06

Hurry up Friday!

I'm missing you! 
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Last Post: 02/05/2014 at 20:56


Or have I planted weeds?! 
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