I have a plant question that might seem REALLY STUPID to experienced gardeners, but here goes:

I have a streptocarpus houseplant that looks pretty dead, with most of the leaves gone.

BUT every time I water it, all the water gets sucked up. (I'm watering from the bottom up.) Does this mean the roots are still alive and, if so, could the whole plant recover?

I have googled the issue but it didn't help. I understand how a dead TREE could have a root system that still draws water (because of pressure) but I don't know about smaller plants.

Man goes to clown. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he needs some cheering up. Clown says, "this sounds like a problem for a mental health professional. Great doctor called Medici is in town. Go and see him. That should pick you up." The man bursts into tears. Says, "but clown,

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What's your favorite quote about gardening?

I’m going with:

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Although I am also partial to Ron Finley’s “Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.”

My sister is running a half-marathon tomorrow to raise money for Street Child, a child literacy charity.

She's already reached her fundraising goal, but if anyone wants to sponsor her, here's the link:


In a David Attenborough Voice. "Here we find a @GwenfarsGarden in her natural habitat."

@griffinkate @garrett Hodemedods sell British-grown pulses and grains: hodmedods.co.uk/

Relatively new company, investing in trying to grow new things here, in a sustainable manner. Switching to plastic-packaging, etc.

They do dried pulses, canned pulses, gluten-free flours and stuff like that. Easy to have big boxes of healthy, tinned stuff delivered for your stockpile :) And it comes with compostable packing beans and some recipe cards.

Just as I was leaving the house I spotted the cat on the OUTSIDE of my bedroom windowsill. She couldn't get back in because the plants were in the way.

So how did she get out there in the first place?

As part of the "ethical stockpiling" thing, I've just ordered a load of toilet rolls from Who Gives A Crap. Plastic-free packaging, recycled/forest-friendly, and half their profits go to build toilets in the majority world.

If you want £5 off your first order, use my referral link:

Then I get £5 off my next order too!

Why is there so little awareness in IT/infosec circles of the environmental impact of flying?

All the time you can read tweets/toots like "Attended conference X, spoke about Y. Tried to save the world from EvilCorp. So exhausted. Now waiting at the airport for my long distance flight to Z".

Shouldn't we have a more holistic view of things? Isn't decentralization one of our main motives? An uninhabitable planet full of Free Software is still... uninhabitable 🤔

Many people admire Tom Paine, but some equally important political thinkers have been consigned to the shopping list of history.

Let us not forget Tom Puree, the French revolutionary with the ability to condense complex ideas.

Or Tom Sauce, the cockney son of a whelk-addler who became such an influential pamphleteer.

Or the Contessa Oregano, whose socialist sympathies saw her ostracised by fellow aristocrats.

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

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Just overheard a fascinating conversation in Paperchase. Shop assistant kept asking a teenager for her email address so she could sign up for a loyalty card, and the girl didn't know what "email address" meant!
"You mean the address for my house?"
After quite a while the penny dropped and she said "Oh, you mean my email!"

Does this mean that "email" is starting to mean "email address" and if so, what will we say when we actually mean an email?

I watched a terrible BBC sitcom last night where characters get up in the middle of the night to deliver leaflets for an event, and the result is that lots of people come to the event because they've seen the leaflet. Now there is at least one way in which I wish life was more like a sitcom.

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