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Swiss Sue ,Thanks
From the same gardener some good tips on how to discourage slugs. Right at the end is one which would suit Flo and Busy-Lizzy who both own horses!
For fuchsia growers that over winter there fuchsias indoors - some fuchsia growers prefer to de leaf their plants, some simply trim the plant to size and shape and leave the plants to take its natural cause - IF you are bringing your plants indoors and de leafing, get a large container fill with hand - hot water and dilute one cap of jeyes fluid per 5 litres of water, get your fuchsia and fully submerge the whole pot underneath the jeyes fluid until NO air bubbles are seen rising, turn the plant round and dip the head of the plant - leave the plant to drip, this can be done at the end of the season Oct /Nov, you will not have to worry about any weevils or other bugs as the jeyes will kill anything inside the pot or in the crevices of the plant.
Mine would be to get a pair of knee pads! Not the most glamorous objects, but just strap 'em on and you can forget about 'em.*
So much easier than lugging round a kneeling mat.
* In fact, I've often wandered off downtown with them on...
Like your idea of wearing knee pads Figrat
when I used to be employed , gee that sounds nice, I wore a 2 piece overall the knee's had pockets for knee-pads ,the type above might get uncofortable over time as the straps dig into the back of the knee
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Mine would be to get a pair of knee pads! Not the most glamorous objects, but just strap 'em on and you can forget about 'em.* So much easier than lugging round a kneeling mat. * In fact, I've often wandered off downtown with them on...
They'll all be wearing 'em next year in Paris.... My tip for what it's worth - don't slavishly follow guidelines on height and spread of plants . Your own conditions/micro climate/soil etc can make a huge difference.
Don't sow your seeds twirly
Pam LL x
Here's a good one. If you have a sickly plant you can help it recover with an asprin. I've used this method and it really does work.
Here' s a link for the science geeks.http://www.ehow.co.uk/info_8618193_aspirin-spray-plants.html
Also, A dose of epsom salts for leaf colouration for pelargoniums - it's magnesium sulphate. One tablespoon in 1 litre of water.
Love the knee pads , Figrat. Brilliant idea !
My tip: We have all tried eggs shells as a slug deterrent, save the shells and pop them in the oven, just on the shelf, next time you bake, they come out even more spiteful and crunchy and a lot less messy to scrunch up.
I use the knee pads, keeps your knees dry as well as comfortable.
A seasonal tip for this unseasonable weather, told to me by a nursery man to help avoid frost damage crack the vents open a little on your greenhouse.
Crazy not at all there is science behind it. As air cools it becomes saturated and the water has to condense. To achieve the phase change latent heat has to become real heat and that will slow the temperature drop in the greenhouse. With vents open a little the drier air can escape and be replaced with moist air which repeats the cycle till dawn. Without it the liquid water will become ice and thats what hurts the plants.
Does that apply to greenhouses with a bit of heating as well?
Figrat I would say no. with the water vapour condensing being the heat source for the unheated green house the air needs to circulate in and out to get a fresh source of heat. Having a heater inside the greenhouse it would have to work harder to keep heating the cold air entering so you would see no benefit and higher heating bills. One thing that should help is trying to keep the greenhouse full, So that heat gathered during the day is released slower as the greenhouse cools.
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I have just stumbled on an excellent website on fuchsias, particularly very detailed info on how to take cuttings, this just for those who aren't experiences "cutting takers", like me. http://www.fuchsiaflower.co.uk/cuttingspage.htm
I have just stumbled on an excellent website on fuchsias, particularly very detailed info on how to take cuttings, this just for those who aren't experiences "cutting takers", like me.
SS i have reallocated your post onto the TIP thread, may help other gardeners when they are sourcing information, thanks again SS
Aldi sell lovely little square mini greenhouse propagators, you can find them in the cake aisle labeled Chocolate Gateau once you have discarded the contents you will be left with a mini greenhouse perfect for starting seedlings, with an integral hinged roof which should fit on most windowsills. Goes well with coffee beans or a nice pot of tea.