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Alina W


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 13:02

Started bright in North Yorks, but now raining, and expected to continue for the day - sigh.

I'm taking the time to tidy my house plants...

hair loss

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 12:57

Why not go for cress instead? It does grow faster.

Who else loves the humble sempervivum

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 21:35

I'm fond of them too, particularly for their leaf colours.

Hairy Bittercress control

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 21:33

I've found it's just a case of constant weeding before it can flower, as already said. Mulching the ground will keep it down until a fresh batch seeds, but you still have to be vigilant.

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:41

Give it a go - it's very rewarding

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:38

On holiday, I think.

Your tapes may take fractionally longer as they need to be dampened well - not that that should be a problem in the current weather!

Now, where's Grajean? I know she's joined here....

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:17

Another reason for planting around the edge of a terracotta pot is that roots need some air to thrive. They normally get this as the soil drys out, thus leaving tiny air pockets - another reason why plants need good drainage and not to be over-watered.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 10:59

Oh, poor you! I hope that it doesn't damage them - so sad after waiting all year for the show.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:55

And I look forward to seeing yours, Zulu.

I do hope that your carrots fare well this year

At wits end with carrots and slugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:53

As Marshmello says, there are safe wildlife-friendly slug pellets available, and they co-exist very happily with my large bird population, hedgehogs and frogs galore. The pellets linked to above are not a poison, but a chemical that affects slugs and snails by drying them and making them feel vile. As a result, they crawl away and hide to die. The pellets themselves break down into fertilizer after six weeks.

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