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Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:39

We are all guinea pigs Philippa...always will be. Despite man's knowledge he really knows very little.  History is littered with experts from the flat earth brigade to climate change 


Posted: 19/04/2016 at 18:51

I have been aware too of this Philippa. 

I too think science right now is all about nematodes ...scientists regularly back track on most everything when problems arise.  Agree too about widespread heavy use...we don't really know long term effects. will we be encouraging super nematodes to escape their designated roles?

what else do we do?  I use nematodes once a year for lawns and will use them in veg patch for slugs, snails and pests.  Supposedly better than chemicals

i can remember people on the forum recommending glyphosate but now sayng how dangerous it is.  It makes me chuckle at times  everything we think is helpful eventually is withdrawn 

those sticky yellow cards.....yes, they trap the good guys too

like us plants develop resistance to many pests, diseases etc. If grown well. 

Mother nature is not the wonderful caring, nurturing parent many suggest ......she delights in everything fighting and adapting for survival.  well, survival of the fittest without any compassion.  Not a nice mother 

oooooo, you set me off Philippa.  Prob be lynched now; ha ha 



Which shrub to choose

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:41

Olearias would cope well with that situation Sue 

Red Robin

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:33

Yes you can prune it back hard and now is a good time.  Try to cut back to buds if you can and give it a feed 

Runner Beans

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:30

Ha ha're on pansy .  Warn you, I never let the girls win 

hey! just realised, you got underfloor heating 

Structural plants for woodland garden

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:25

Greenfingers steve.....pieris flaming silver is the same I think.  Superb but, as you say, it needs acid soil so Kay M do a soil PH test 

Planting shrubs in pots

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:22

Ssssssssnap Dave ..

Planting shrubs in pots

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:21

Hello TinyGardenGirl

firstly use john innes.......for shrubs go for number 3

if you are growing ericaceous plants like azaleas, camelias etc.  then use john innes ericaceous compost.

mpc is not suitable for lomg term plants

you can adjust the drainage properties according to tbe type of shrub you grow too 

Runner Beans

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:16

Seem bit quicker on their sides though 

we'll see.  Sown today and I'll say when they have germinated 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 16:44

Thinned carrots and weeded spring onions, beetroot etc.  Hoed between the rows.  Sown runner beans, watered plants in gh and conservatory, finished another border by adding the odd plants and mulched.  Think today has been the warmest day so far wall to wall sunshine

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