Recent content by NigelJ

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    Dr. Earth Motherland soil and earwigs

    Are US earwigs different to UK ones? In the UK the common variety is Forficula auricularia: see here for info and pics In the UK they are not much of a problem certainly not forming colonies that need dousing with insecticide. I find them more an irritant...
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    How often do you fertilize the lawn?

    Never ever and only mow it when over 4" long, it's grass it grows. Main uses are wildlife habitat, green stuff for the compost heap, as a land bank and preventer of soil erosion.
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    If You Have a Mouse Problem

    I'm sure you could find a more humane way to kill mice with a little thought. I prefer the "Little Nipper" cheap, easy and efficient.
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    Understanding Peach Tree "Hours under 45 degrees"

    Essentially every hour below 45°F adds to the switching on of fertile flower production.
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    Storing onion setts

    Unlikely to keep until next year, I generally have a few left that I keep as replacements for any that don't stat and by mid summer they have either sprouted or shriveled. You could try in the bottom of the fridge in a plastic box, to stop them drying out completely, but you would have to...
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    Soil Moisture

    I must admit I hadn't thought of special scales for weighing gunpowder. For UK and other metric users 1 grain = 0.065 grams. How big a soil sample do you take?
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    Soil Moisture

    Can't quite see how its going to work, the picture shows a form of balance, scale pan on the left, pivot on the left of the cast? piece then on the right of that what could be a spring or indicator (it's a really small, blurry picture so detail is hard to make out) So I presume use would be to...
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    Apple tree depth

    Fruit trees should generally be planted with the graft above the soil level. As you want the growth characteristics to be controlled by the root stock and not the scion (grafted part) As a general rule of thumb plant at the same depth as things were planted in the nursery.
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    Soil super wet

    In the UK builders sand is not recommended for use in garden applications and sharp sand or horticultural sand is to be preferred. Particle size is small and it tends to stick together in lumps; also may contain lime and other minerals that may adversely affect plant growth. It is possible that...
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    Papaver hybridum 'Raspberry Breadseed Poppy'

    Over here opium poppies are grown on a small scale in the south of the country, to partially supply the requirement for opiate based drugs in the country. They make a useful break crop on an arable farm, the growing is regulated and fields are restricted to those with no public access...
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    Unknown invader

    @Garden Happy Yes you could have a friend for life, it is one of those plants that grow from the smallest bit left. You have to be persistent to remove it. You can grass the area and mow regularly for some years, cover with black polythene and leave covered for several years, hoe/hand weed on a...
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    Unknown invader

    Ground Elder? Young growth edible, helps with gout.
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    English Yew (Taxus Baccata)

    Taxus baccata grows quite quickly when young, it is long lived. It will take hard pruning, which is why it's used for hedges. There are a number of different forms available including fastigate (thin straight up and down) and golden forms
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    Not seen any Frogs Since living in France...

    Why not, "when in Rome".
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    First time greenhouse maker, how to protect against neighbors chem lawn spray

    Assume you want to grow tomatoes in greenhouse, unless neighbours deliberately spray greenhouse then any greenhouse will prevent direct contact. The problem with tomatoes is that they are very sensitive to some herbicides and a slight amount of airborne spray will cause distortion and as you...