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paul doyle replied to Jessica Bateman's discussion Planting courses
"I can recommend any courses but I would definitely recommend a few books which can help a lot.
The making of the modern garden . Christopher nearl Hole
Planting , a new perspective oudolf n kingsbury.
Everything ever written  by the late Christopher…"
3 hours ago
Glen Stillman replied to Glen Stillman's discussion seaweed meal / calcified seaweed as lawn feed
"Sorry I didn't respond sooner, but thanks for all the info."
13 hours ago
Dave Colton replied to Jessica Bateman's discussion Mealybugs
"You can start by using a hose (I use a jet washer) and wash as many as you can off the trunk and branches most sprays that are effective on greenfly will also treat mealey bug but have have to be persistant as they hide in nooks and crannys in the b…"
16 hours ago
John Powley replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"Thanks!
 
Went yesterday and it's just drying out and they said they were just watering it for about ten minutes.
Ground was watered prior to laying but it's amazing how quickly your hard work can get undone. 
They've had a rollicking and are doing…"
17 hours ago
Richard Gadsby replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"I’m with Colin. 99% they have put a hose or sprinkler on for 10 mins at most and they think it’s enough........"
yesterday
Colin Hunt replied to Andrew Evans's discussion Pond loosing water
"I'm not an expert, but I notice that the waterfalls and header pond have an area that exceeds the surface area of the lower pond by around 5/1. So lets say the whole surface area is around 22 sq.m and lost 10mm a day through evapouration - about nor…"
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Colin Hunt replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"At this time of year, newly laid turf will root within days, providing it has moisture and that means when laid, ie thoroughly wetting the ground BEFORE laying.  For aftercare, very few customers understand that watering means WATERING and think a s…"
yesterday
John Fulton replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"The skin has healed over now and no infection , I remember kneeling on it and it left a mark which can flare up randomly at certain times , I think pyracantha can leave the fine tip of the thorn under your skin and it can really swell up until it wo…"
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Richard Gadsby replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"That was going to be my suggestion! That’s what I do. Get the leatherman out and dig it out straight away before it has the chance to go bad! 
Disclaimer it’s not that bright to do it:)"
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Jon Ward replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"Don’t hack at it with your penknife then and  wonder why it hurts more?"
yesterday
Andrew Betteridge replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"If the thorn is surrounded by weeping puss you can try sitting in a bath of hot water and flexing your leg to draw it out. If that doesn’t work ask the pharmacist at your local chemist about using some drawing ointment.
http://www.boots.com/boots-ph…"
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John Fulton replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"Agree on the Pyracantha , the irritation from a skin puncture can last all week , gauntlets help , i have a thorn from ages ago embedded in my knee and every so often it flares up like some some old shrapnel wound ."
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Glen Stillman replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"The sap of rue can be potentially very nasty, and the sap from fig trees is quite an irritatant. "
yesterday
Tony @SM replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"I find Ivy gives me hay fever symptoms, despite not normally suffering from it. Laurel trimmings are quite nauseus and I always avoid getting a lungfull. It does fade though as the clippings age.
Blubells irritate my skin if I get splashed while str…"
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Andrew Betteridge replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"The coroner recorded an open verdict at the inquest, the cause of death was never definitively established."
yesterday
Progreen Weed Control’s discussion was featured
Hello,Customer living in Surrey area : Postcode : KT12 5NS wants a gardener to spray some weeds and do some general garden maintenance. Sorry, no idea of what needs doing and how large the garden is......Pls contact us for customer email......Cheers…
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Planting courses

Can any recommend home study diplomas for planting design courses? I've been looking at Oxford College of garden design but would be interested if anyone had pointers for me. I've been a gardener for 20 years but feel I want to do a bit of study.

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