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Ugly bins

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 16:49

I really would like one made of wood, 2 sides and a front (it goes against a wall at the back), the front with 2 opening doors (one for each bin) and with 2 opening lids (one for each bin). I'm a complete novice at woodwork but can usually pull off anything new I try. I need to know what sort of wood (cheap!) and how do I join it together? It wouldn't need a base as it's going on slabs and I don't want to see through it.

Ugly bins

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 16:24

I have a lovely new patio where I have to store 2 ugly wheelie bins. I can't afford these wooden wheelie-storage bins. Anyone got any useful links as to how I could make my own fairly cheaply?

Pampas Grass

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 16:01

It's well-nigh impossible to kill pampas grass - I cut or burn mine down to ground level every spring (though I have done it in winter too) - the roots are like concrete and would be impossible to shift, should I ever decide it has become too monstrous. I think any but the very young would be difficult to split. It seems the more cruel I am to my pampas grass, the more it likes it - really severe treatment, especially at the wrong time of year, only encourages it to grow even bigger and produce even more flowers! I think it has a penchant for Lady Whiplash.

Red Robin (Photinia)

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 15:53

I have several photinias and they are very hardy! I have cut them right back, I have pruned them to shape and it seems the more I cut, the better, stronger, more colourful they get. Very easy to grow and very easy to shape, I say.

greenhouse plants

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 15:46

edibles in summer but maybe ornamentals for winter. I tend to stick to tomatoes, cucumber & chillis in summer and although these are very successful, I'm getting a bit bored! My greenhouse is an interesting hobby rather than something just to produce food. I want to try something fairly foolproof but a bit different. Everything in pots.

greenhouse plants

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 12:45

Can anyone recommend a good book on what to grow in a cold greenhouse?


Posted: 11/11/2015 at 08:08

I have a large (5' x 5') phormium in a pot. It has out grown this pot. Can I divide it into two and get 2 plants from it?


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 20:48

We live in Lincolnshire, so SW greenhouses no good.  I've contacted Hall's and they insist that they will not install Hall's lean-to greenhouses.  I've tried dozens of people but no one wants to know, I'm afraid.

Thanks anyway


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 20:07

I have a rhino but they don't do lean-tos. My daughter has a garage wall next to where we want it and we thought a lean-to would give her more space but take up less room (as we'd need space all round if we had a free standing greenhouse). You've got me thinking now though........


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 19:49

I want to buy my daughter a Hall's Silverline lean-to greenhouse. No-one who sells them seem to provide an installation service. They look very difficult to erect. Are they more difficult to put up than a free-standing greenhouse? Are there any companies that would provide and erect such a thing? We couldn't possibly install it

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Ugly bins

How to? 
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greenhouse plants

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Can I divide? 
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How to install 
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too many 
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new garden

blank canvas 
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climbing rose

top heavy 
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will they go? 
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Holly tree

too high 
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What are these?

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Cold Greenhouse Tip

Keep the frost out! 
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in pots 
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all female 
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