Latest posts by Verdun

seeding compost with Mycorrhizal fungi?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 15:56

The heat generated in a reasonable compost heap will be too much for myccorhizal fungi too.  

I think it is being regarded as a wonder ingredient .......useful for heathers and trees I think but not for perennials and the like. 

New lawn

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 15:50


seed is not likely to germinate now. difficult to say if you put enough seed down or not but try not to do as many do and sow too heavily.  

When you sow grass seed sow half one way, lightly rake and then sow the rest in opposite direction.

best now to do nothing more until March-April when seed will germinate much more quickly and grow away well.

don't be swayed by the hype about grass is pretty much of a muchness.  The so called "rapid" germinating seed is no quicker than any other.  

Camera Talk

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:45

Pat, who cares about the gardening ?   Australia 

Sharing my forsythia

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:44

Hibernate flumpy???  You'll miss christmas, the snowdrops, early hellebores, the scent of winter honeysuckle, hamamellis, sarcoccoca and early daffs,   Really want to hibernate?  

happy grasses

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:40

Now there's a "grass" i can never really place with full satisfaction HC.....ophiopogon Nigrescens!  It looks good fronting my choisya sundance.  Also with heuchera Berry Smoothie but will experiment with it next year with white osteos..   

Agree hackonechloa copes well enough but here they are treated to good rich soil and watered well (esp in containers).  Have them up to 2 metres across.  In the breeze they move like the  cornish surf. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:32

Enjoy the jetwashing Runny.......used to have loads of fun with those things 

will cut grass soon, deadhead dahlias and some of the heleniums that are still putting on a show.

went to GC to seek out bargains but manager not around so no point in asking for discounts.  Next month there will be clearance needed for xmas trees so I will haggle for some BIG price drops.  Will I do as well as the £1 and £2 prices (for quality plants not clearance) I had in the summer?  You bet 


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:24

No need to block the holes Lyn........

avoid too warm situations...dahlias will dehydrate badly.  just cool, even cold, just not freezing or wet 

Camera Talk

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 12:40

Pat, those photos make me pine for a return to Aussieland 

nice pics from LP and Bushman 

Truffels or just fungi?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 12:34

Lindt truffles make me a fun guy 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 12:33

Blue sky but breezy ...looks like rain tonight to spoil a nice dry spell.      dry again from Tuesday 

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