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Gardening tips

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by db, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. BobClay

    BobClay Well-Known Forumite

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    I walked the lake slowly this morning and using Seek I spotted some Foxgloves and Red Campions !!

    When I got back to the car, two men in white coats were waiting. "Excuse me sir, " they said. "We've had reports you've been lurking in the bushes and taking photographs."

    "I am now one of the plant people," I replied.

    I'm now lawyering up and later today hope to get out of this cell (which for some reason has cushions for walls.)
     
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    Oh my goodness that’s exactly what I’m doing. Lol! Then I’m smiling and nodding in agreement with the app. I need to get out more!
     
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  3. littleme

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    It tells me all the ones that I already know, but the ones I don't are all dicots! Not sure what I doing wrong.
     
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    Yeah, my garden seems to be overrun with the twin embryonic leaved buggers.
     
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  5. Gramaisc

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    At one of my many schools, some people got quite amused by the sound of "dicotyledon" and it became a much used term of mild abuse.

    I remember a (non-biology) teacher moaning at some lad about some inconsequential nonsense and another lad defending him with "Be fair, Sir, he's always been a bit of a dicotyledon".

    The poor bloke clearly had no idea what was going on, but was not going to reduce his authority by asking...
     
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    I ran three fallow plots last year, as I was only here in short bursts. Being here for three months now, I only really need two, so I've let one (and the filled in cold frame) grow what turns up. I've had one quick weeding purge, leaving a few unidentified items to see what they do.

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    In terms of weeds, as @Lucy refers to above, the fallow plots are full of seeds, but stuff gets turned in just when it has expended its reserves and that seems to be a successful strategy.The three plots, one fallow rotation is highly recommended.
     
  8. kyoto49

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    Tranquility have a plant swap for charity on saturday. 11am I believe. Take plants to donate and buy with proceeds to a childhood cancer charity* the name of which escapes me!





    * Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance.


    Edit - Charity name added.
     
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    I’m after a bit of Hot poker advice.
    I’ve bought a few in tubs. Do these spread? Should I plant them in clusters of 3 or singularly?
     
  10. Gramaisc

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    Stay away from Berkeley Castle.
     
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    I've only ever managed to kill them off, they need dry soil I think, and you can spread them by dividing them, I think they do spread, but not vastly.
     
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    I like Johnson Hall Nursery, it's a walled garden in Eccleshall, family owned, the prices are really good & the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable.

    The are open now, we went about a week ago. They also have a stall at Stafford Common Carboot (when it's on).

    ... The only downside, don't expect any frills, - there's no cafe or tearoom, and there is only 1 single outhouse type toilet with lots of very large spiders, there is a little bird that flies in through the broken window and scares the life out of you as it's nest is in a beem directly above the loo...

    .... but, all the other good things make up for that :) I much prefer it to the branded garden centres.

    Johnson Hall Nurseries
    Newport Rd, Eccleshall, Stafford ST21 6BD
    https://maps.app.goo.gl/R5R1hLyQE5fQixE57
     
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    Sounds fab. Once shielding is over I’ll take a look!
     
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    Definitely my favourite garden centre, real plant people
     
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    They also have a nursery on Bury Bank just outside Stone ST15 0QA.
    Handy for you @peggy would be Bloomsburys on the A41 about 4 miles from Newport in the Wolverhampton direction, also family owned.
     
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    Just a thought on the above, next door to Bloomsburys is a garage come junk emporium if that sort of thing floats yer boat. I picked up some really old large terracotta plant pots there quite cheaply last year.
     
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    Anyone know what this bug is? I tried using Seek to identify it, but it wouldn't pick it up...

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    Looks like a shield bug nymph - not sure which sort, though.
     
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    Ooo I spotted some shield bugs in the garden the other day...

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