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horse manure in plastic bags

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 22:13

It's a wonderful way to breed worms too. If you take a couple from your compost heap and pop them into the bag, leave an air pocket at the top with maybe a tiny hole or two (push a pencil through) and you will be amazed at the number of worms you have after a few months.

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:31



Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:29


When I was working and living in a city centre and only had a 30 foot long by 20 foot wide garden surrounded by 6 other gardens and as many cats I was as rabidly anti-cat-in-the-flowerbeds as the next person. Often to be found running out in nightie and slippers issuing oaths at 5 in the morning.

Now that I'm retired and living surrounded by fields with only one neighbour I find that my feelings have changed towards cats - possibly because they go out for the day and do what they have to do in the great outdoors along with all the sheep.

I'm still waiting for the feeling of a furry friend on my knee, husband excepted. Our two cats are both troubled little souls and don't have a clue about things like knees. I just get pleasure out of thinking that they are at least happy to be left alone.

We don't lose many birds to them at all. All those years of rushing about at 5 am have taught me to learn the sounds of the signs of trouble and I'm a very light sleeper. What we do have trouble with is live voles, field mice, shrews and once a slowworm. All alive and kicking. ( well, maybe not kicking in the case of the slow worm).

My husband once tried to rescue an indignant shrew - I warned him that it might bite  so he approached it very carefully. It ran up his trouser leg. I still have a mental image of him with his hands clasped round his knee trying to run to the privacy of the garden shed so that he could get rid of it. It didn't bite him, thank goodness.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:05

I have two rescue cats - one with 3 legs that can climb ladders. The other so badly treated as a kitten that he still jumps at the sight of his own shadow and we've had him 4 years. So sad what people do to their so-called pets when they are only "doing what comes naturally".

long stemmed flower with 3 petals

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:59

Wow! I wish my weeds looked like that!

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:57

Sorry to hear about the loss in the family and hope that the Peace rose gives you years of happy memories. 

Consider the roses that you see for sale in garden centres, growing quite happily for months in much smaller pots than the one you are using.  So long as the plant is in a safe, wind-free place so that it doesn't rock about in its pot you can keep it there until the autumn. Keep it moist so that it never dries out but don't let it sit in water.

Other people will be able to give you advice about pruning roses in your part of the country. The main thing is, you don't need to panic about its welfare as it will be fine as it is for a good few months yet.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:50

I'm not sure of the name but I know that it speads like billyoh so be careful what you do with it!

Victoria plum suckers?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:44

You can tell if they are suckers if they come from below the "scion" , the bump on the stem that marks the joint between the rootstock and the variety of plum that you chose in the shop.

If they come from below that bump, snap them off and paint with a good wound healing paint. If they are above the bump then they should be grue to the variety that you bought.

If you don't take them off they will drain the strength from your tree and turn it into a wild plant with no virtuous merits at all.

Flowering black bamboo

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:39

Don't know the answer to this but am putting our question to the top of the list. 

I thought that when bamboos flowered the next thing that they did was die - hence all the panic a few years ago when they thought that all the Chinese pandas were going to starve to death.

Hope it's not true in your case

No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 15:26

You could try a hop ( good if you make your own beer) which has grape-like leaves ( can be golden or green) and nice little hops hanging down in late summer. The vines scramble by means of sandpaper-rough stems (I admit, a bit of a beggar to dismantle each winter) and will grow to the top of a Rowan tree - the size of the one in my garden. Cut them down to ground level and off they go again in spring. They do spread by underground suckers so if space is limited you may have to plant them within a ring of plastic sheet like Visqueen.

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