Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 12:46

Quite pleasant out there.....warm and dry.

Like Punkdoc I am in a deferring mood so having another cuppa before moving plants.

made 3 trips to supermarket to get what recovering niece wants to eat.  Twice got wrong thing.  Haaaaaaate shopping.     Can't really give vent to my feelings as she is in a lot of pain

Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 12:36

Hiya batanna

mushroom compost is excellent.  Used to have lorry loads delivered and applied it very thickly to everything esp veg patch......NOT FOR ERICACEOUS PLANTS

weed free, easy to use and economical.  If you can get it then do.  Mushroom farms no longer exist locally whereas 8 years ago there were 3 or 4 who would supply in bulk.

not a lot of nutrients as such ...some...but its value is in its organic bulk to the soil.  better to "feed" the soil than the plants in a way.  It creates nice, healthy,,humus rich soil 

Sarcoccoa confusa

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 12:28

Topbird, good point.  sarcoccoca roots easily. 

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 07:31

Interesting comment Jo 


Posted: 04/11/2015 at 07:30

Hello forkers

hope you have a good day Punkdoc....get those bulbs planted.  You will feel better for it 

wet this morning so shorter walk with Spike.  want to move a couple of plants to slightly revamp the area. A job for later if possible 

lovely autumn foliage on cornus and yellow leaves 

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 23:24

They are delicious with baked beans on toast Tetley 

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 23:14

organic does not mean safe.  

We are not here  for a second....we are here for, hopefully, many years. 

if we err on the side of caution too much future generations will have a bland heritage.

Which experts Jo?  They bicker, they differ,,they argue.......

so, clearly Jo you will not use chemical weedkillers.  I respect that.  Those who desperately want to eradicate ground elder, bindweed or worse will. 

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 22:00

You buy a lettuce you buy a stack of chemicals.  An apple.  Anything. Drink tea, milk?  

in the garden, if you want to grow those plants you cherish, you have to be prepared to protect them or lose them.  If you have a plague of ants in the home what do you do?  And flies?  

None of us know .....not even those experts......yet we listen to all the scaremongers.  



killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 20:40

Sorry Jo.  I can't  and don't agree with you.  I don't think anyone really knows if this chemical is dangerous or not.  I will continue to use it, albeit sparingly.  "Studies" are constantly quoted everywhere everyday to "prove" everything.  

every chemical has a risk element from those used to kill slugs to those used in our food to those used in the home. 


Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 19:32

That's ok Philippa.  never thought of the chemical travelling through to the flowers so I have been made aware of that now.


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