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location Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
age 39
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Initially reluctant, novice gardener, slowly turning to the green side thanks to my nature-loving fiancée. :)


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comment What to do with the spent flower spike of foxgloves (digitalis)?
For the record, it turns out my foxgloves are digitalis purpurea, so they're biennials. Nowadays, once the flowering is over, I take the main spike off to avoid too much self-seeding (although some is inevitable) and leave the rest of the plant to die away over winter before removing it entirely in the spring. By leaving the plant in the ground over winter, at least it provides a home for insects and, later, some insect-y food for the birds. :)
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comment Can weeds be put into compost, or will they grow again when the compost is used?
Haha, I wish I knew what different kinds of farm smelt like. Currently, my compost's stone cold. Suspect it's got too much nitrogen.
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comment Ant colony in my compost bin: are they beneficial?
Gah! That contradicts the (seemingly well researched) advice given in bstpierre's answer below. :-/ Well spotted, though.
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comment What is this plant found in the UK with green and white leaves with purple flowers?
Yep, I've got a load of this in my garden too, going rampant and strangling one of my hebes. Can't bring myself to tear it all out, mind, as the bees love it. :)
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comment Can weeds be put into compost, or will they grow again when the compost is used?
How on earth do you get the compost that hot?! I'm lucky if mine gets much above the ambient air temperature (I'd guess around 30-40°C at most).
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comment What is this plant and how can I remove it from the ground?
Personally, I find it easier to get stuff out of the ground when the soil's bone dry. Otherwise, my hands slip on the muddy stem I'm trying to extract. I guess it's a case of 'your mileage may vary'.
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accepted How to stop my courgettes (zucchini) rotting?
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accepted What to do with the spent flower spike of foxgloves (digitalis)?