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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:42

I'm afraid the only "sugaring" I know is the one at the beauty parlour. Not the same thing, I take it. Doing that in the garden at midnight would maybe not disturb the neighbours but it might surprise them.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:19

These lucky people finding these hawk moths. I'm out in the garden every night waiting to see one as the fields around our house are full of rosebay willowherb which is, I think, their food plant. Still not seen one!

Talkback: How to make compost

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:14

I only know about compost made in an open-sided DIY compost heap constructed out of old pallets and bits of chicken wire. I have never used one of these fancy bin jobs and don't have a clue how they work. If your compost was made in one of them I can't help at all. However, if you have been chucking greenery, kitchen waste, old newspapers, vaccuum cleaner contents, rabbit bedding etc etc onto an open topped, open-sided DIY jobbie in the corner of the garden this is what you do:

First, the top layer will not be compost yet, so you need another identical construction beside your existing compost heap onto which you can throw the top layer. This will become the bottom layer of compost heap #2.

When you get down to a layer that looks like soft brown stuff with hardly any identifyable objects in it, that is your compost. Grab a fork and a wheelbarrow and start forking all the lovely stuff out of the heap and into the barrow. Stuff around the edges will resemble the stuff that you took off the top - dry, still identifiable as leaves etc. - this has to get thrown onto compost heap #2.

When you have taken out as much as you can from the heap, you can then wander round your garden and award plants that have done well a little and coax plants that have not been doing very well to do better with a little.

You will notice that it doesn't go far. A bucketful round a rose bush looks pathetic. But it will be full of useful beasties and fungi and all sorts of stuff that the rose will appreciate.

I generally do this in spring. The reason for this is that the plants are just beginning to grow again and that is when they need food. They don't need compost in winter as they are asleep. The rain of winter will wash all the goodness out of the compost and waste it.

If you have good compost now, don't wait until spring. You can give it to trees and shrubs that are still growing. You can make more compost over the winter and put that on the plants next spring too.

By having two compost heaps going, you can have one that is fresh and being added to on a daily basis and one that is "cooking" and almost ready for spreading.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 20:56

We have seen a lot of that here in Derbyshire over the last year. One person told me that it was caused by a special aphid that attacks conifers. I don't know if that is true. Every tree that has been affected here has been dug out but I don't know if that was entirely necessary or not. From the extent of the damage, I would say it probably was a pragmatic approach to the problem.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 20:50

I know that you can cook Katy apples. I don't know about Scrumptious. I tend to make a lot of apple puree that I then freeze. You can use it in pies, cakes etc.

State of Water in Water Butts

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 18:34

I was wandering around Stratford upon Avon yesterday and found that they had a branch of Lakeland Plastics there. Just my sort of shop. What did I find inside? A product made from silver and copper which you sprinkle into any container of water that requires cleaning up - fish tanks, animal drinking troughs and.....Waterbutts!

I didn't buy one because I don't have the problem but, if you want to order one (Lakeland are a fantastic company and don't sell tat) they cost £5.99 and are called Fresha Tank Water Cleaner sachets. Their ref: 50909. They are out of stock online but will send one from their Windemere headquarters if you get in touch, they say.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 17:47

If you are really certain that it IS wilt and not just drought that is causing it, then cut back affected stems to a healthy one. Spray the remaining new growth with Bordeaux mixture. Repeat the spraying next spring and hope.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:34

I never shap my fruit so I wouldn't need one of your molds. Sorry old fruit.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:02

Well, in your case, "plant pears for your heirs" might be a good idea.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:33

Yes, the bulbs have no problem. Beautiful. I also got primroses and cowslips to grow from pot grown plants, but I have alkaline soil, and they have since seeded themselves in the grass like wildfire.

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