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Mystery plants

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 17:45

No 1 looks like the suckers that come up on prunus sps, plums cherries a guess.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:36

I have seen some frogs in my pond, Perhaps they have come to check if I'm using barley straw.

ORGRO or not to GRO

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:02

Quick update,

Red pit farm Wood dalling is registered as a poultry farm and manufacurer/supplier of fertilizers composts. It would appear therefore to be a poultry manure composted with straw.


ORGRO or not to GRO

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:52

Hi Dovefromabove,  Orgro used to be available from Godfrey diy on Riverside Rd, but they have since closed.

I did see orgro for sale at Woodgate Nursery near Aylsham (£4.50 per bag)

It doesn't give much away on the bag but claims to be a 100% organic manure and comes from a farm in Wood Dalling, Norfolk.

Garden Paint?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 22:57

If your shed is made of sawn timber, ie is rough, then you can't really paint it and will have to use a garden timber stain of some sorts.

If it is smooth planed wood however, then you could paint it with an exterior paint, but to get a good finish you would really need to prime, undercoat and topcoat, and that would not be a cheap option.

Does anyone recognise this

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:48

I am wondering if it is an Ornithogalum, such as Ornithogalum nutans. Possibly called the star of bethlehem ??

Not to be confused with the Bethlehem Star, which was a first century middle eastern newspaper which featured topless shepherd girls on page three.

Cat Poo in the compost !

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:37

If you are going to dig it into the soil, then I wouldn't be too concerned, particularly if you are growing ornamentals. I would be less inclined to use it as a mulch with the mess in it, generally due to the smell and unpleasantness of it all. ( you could clear the mess out)

I would not want to use it around edibles unless it had been rotted for at least a year without any more additions from the cat.

You say that the compost heap is large and has accumulated over time. I suspect that it hasn't rotted down too well and so I think that I would pull the whole lot out, and then rebuild the heap in as compact a shape as possible, if the matter is dry it can be watered as you rebuild. This would aerate the heap and should encourage a good compost. You could cover the heap to keep the cats out while it was composting (old carpet, polythene, cardboard etc).


Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:24

I too direct sow my kohlrabi with good results. A big problem is dry soil, they really do not like going dry at the roots so moisture retentive soil and possibly a mulch, (I use grass clippings, but don't if you use chemicals on your lawn.)

Lastly, I sow little and often as they are much nicer when small.

Cannot propagate new guinea impatiens

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 19:37

I have heard that some varieties are less prone to root than others and may need a little rooting hormone. A bit of bottom heat should also help.

Any help on this please

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 19:27

I think you are right, butterbur generally comes up with the flowers first, and then the large leaves follow a little later.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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