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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.


Posted: 19/04/2013 at 19:41

Have recently purchase three hardy fuchsias for £1 each. good sized plants with nice roots in three inch pots. They need a bit of hardening off but I think that they are rather better value than the tiny cuttings in one inch pots at 90pence each in the garden centres.

They main issue with supermarket plants is whether there is anyone at the store who knows how to look after them in less than ideal conditions.

Water plants for a wildlife pond

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 19:23

I have a very similar sized pond also in part shade. It is planted with a flowering rush and contains both milfoil and water crowfoot (I removed the elodea as it was far too vigorous) I then ensure that the surrounding soil is very moisture retentive and grow marginal plants there rather than in the pond, (marsh marigold, variegated iris etc).

No Fish. but planty of water fleas, tadpoles, damselflies etc.

My poor rhubarb has collapsed!

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 00:42

Rhubarb is usually easy going and disease free. I wonder if it is too wet sitting in in a tub of compost.

ORGRO or not to GRO

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 00:17

A few years ago I used to sell Orgro in a local garden centre (Norwich) It was branded as Orgro, Norfolk's miracle plant food,. It smelled pretty high and although I never used it myself we had several allotent growers who swore by it.

I think however that £13.00 a bag is far too expensive ( bought from the store it was less than a fiver) If I wanted a plant food I would but pelleted chicken manure and if I wanted a bulky organic manure I would visit my local stables andget an awful lot more muck for my money.


I think that most of the above conversation has related to an American product with a similar name.

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