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Rhododendron with black buds

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 12:25
Hi Peanut3 http://apps.rhs.org.uk/AdviceSearch/ Fleurisa might be right

rose through fig tree and other challenging site

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 12:18
HI Louise, i too have to prune an old fig weve inherited with our new house,how did you go about it, iv read about cutting out one third at a time is this what you did and how did the fig respond,

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 12:10
Hi Bob a cracking idea matey ,now can you price up the things you cant make and have to buy, it would be a big help, Brum seems to be on the ball as well thats a good looking one he,s got, were all sat here like Sat matinee waiting for the next episode go for it,

Water Butts

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 12:00
hI Clarington,if you have any farmers especially dairy farmers near you for a couple of quid they might give you the 60 gallon blue disinfectant no return barrels they purchase,we connected 4 up low down with rubber pipe and the weight of the water even let us use a hose pipe on the end one to irrigate, cut the tops off and place back on upside down for wildlife safety, or you can go online to get 1000 ltr square ones for ??45/??50 ,if you do get black it stops the light forming algae they last forever,
good luck ,,Alan

Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:39
Hi HM,, RHS GROWING FERNS

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 12:35
it would seem that all the cats that used our old garden had not been told about this burring lark ,and it must be very difficult to bury it in the middle of a lawn ,also if you remember in our old house we had 5 lots left over night on a low wall and we saw next doors cat do one of them, now i don't want to upset anyone but i really think its time cat owners realised just how upset other people get with this problem, at that stage my Kate was in tears, and i mean very very upset, it is not for people who don't want a cat to have to clean up some other peoples cat mess, often people they don't even know, If owners stopped making stupid excuses for there cats and took responsibility as do most dog owners that have been forced to do, we wouldn't have this problem. Most people im sure are animal lovers but that does not make it right for cat owners to take advantage of this and shirk there side of this problem, owners are causing this problem NOT THE CATS.

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 11:53
i think the best thing we did was get a shed,trouble is once u have one you cant do without it, as the tool collection starts, tea and coffee jars small camp stove and your away into need more shelves mode its great and we laid an old carpet down the other allotmenteers all smiled but the difference in winter was considerable so we put another old one on top again all snug as ,and so did some of the others ,whos smiling now we thought, an old shower curtain helped as well across the window at night, old scaffold boards left over from the raised beds became table and seats, we dug a small pond and the frogs moved in in summer it was busy ,nice people allotmenteers all helpful,and in winter id sit with mi coffee and just enjoy it all and planning away for the next season,cant beat it.

types of Blueberris

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 13:46
one or two people talking about blueberry this might help , Varieties to try 'Earliblue' - a vigorous, early ripening variety. It has medium to large, light blue berries, excellent sweet flavour and impressive autumn colour. 'Bluetta' - a fairly tasty and vigorous, compact variety, with a spreading habit, producing a medium-sized, light blue berry. 'Patriot' - a high-yielding, vigorous, hardy variety with medium to large blue berries and excellent flavour. 'Bluecrop' T- large, light blue berries with good flavour. It's slightly aromatic and has excellent orange and copper leaves in autumn. 'Herbert' - arguably the tastiest variety of blueberry. It produces large berries and has moderate vigour. 'Bluejay' - a mid-season, fast-growing, reliable variety that has superb autumn colour. It only produces moderate yields of medium large berries, but has a good, slightly tart flavour. 'Ivanhoe' - mid-season, erect variety with large, delicious, dark blue berries. A vigorous plant with good autumn colour. 'Bluegold' - a mid- to late season variety, vigorous but low-growing, with high yields. It's ideal for growing in pots and produces very tasty berries in August. The fruit has a longer life than most varieties. 'Coville' - very late, vigorous variety with large fruit that can be left on the bush for a long time before dropping. good luck dont forget ,spread the picking season out .

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 13:23
Hi Zoomer just a thought ,as i made this mistake on our last allotment,dont use rubber backed carpets,they are no good for the soil,, also you might want to consider the no digging beds, we did raised no dig beds saved us a huge amount of work and looks clean and tidy with narrow paths in between, and you only have to do them once they work very well good luck.

cold frame wood or brick

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 13:10
Hi all,i love it when a question gets results like this and all the answers are relative to the actual first question, some really good ideas here, weve just refitted some d/glazing and im going to use the old windows for a clod frame, im going for a low brick wall, then a sole plate of 4x2 timber screwed onto the top of the walls and then the windows, i might even hinge them, iv also done one before by just using the actual glass easily taken out of the frames makes them simple to move off and on the frame, and as Dave says polystyrene insulation, i think Higgies ideas is good nice and easy to do, good luck all

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