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Propagator & condensation

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:27
I sometimes do it with kitchen paper twice a day. If the problem is really bad (temp too high or soil too wet), try balancing a few pencils between the base and the lid. This will allow some condensation to escape without affecting the germination.

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:14
Will take one as soon as it stops pouring with rain! Don't like the thunder either...

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Posted: 28/04/2014 at 13:48
Approximately three feet, Dovefromabove....

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Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:28
So why can the product only be used on plants in containers? My worry was that I would have contaminated the soil.....

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Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:49
Many of the leaves on one of my laurel bushes have holes in them - irregular shapes, not round and there has obviously been some chomping of the outside edges. After googling last night I decided it could be vine weevil. What did I do? In the dark? Rush out to the garage and prepare a litre of Provado vine weevil killer with which I watered the shrub. I know - very stupid. I realised this morning this product should only be used on plants in containers. I do hope someone will be able to assure me that I haven't done anything terrible. There is nothing planted very close to the laurel......

Replacing conifers with hedge

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 13:35
That makes absolute sense. I'll do that! Many thanks, fidget bones.

Replacing conifers with hedge

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:55
We have just had eight large conifers removed (they had probably been there 30 years and some were leaning dangerously after the recent Winter). We are going to replace them with a cotoneaster franchetii hedge. There is obviously a large amount of shredded conifer bits left. Can I use them as part of the planting preparation? I'm also thinking of bagging some to use in the Autumn as a mulch for heathers, pieris etc. What do people think?

Emergency cover-up for water butt

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:02
Up until now our very useful water butt on the corner of the house, in the front garden, in full view of the neighbours, has been beautifully disguised by a ceanothus which we have trained round it. Unfortunately it died this Winter. As a short-term measure I'd like to put some sort of shallow container on top with trailing plants. It is a South-facing, exposed area and any ideas would be much appreciated.

Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:54
Thanks to everyone who showed interest in my problem. I was torn between the two different viewpoints expressed - but when I saw how the grape hyacinths were lying as a soggy mass over the houseleeks this morning, I knew it couldn't be good for them....I think I've pleased everybody: I must have removed about two million and probably left just as many behind! The whole operation took me four hours, but the sempervivum look happy again and I've replanted the largest hyacinth bulbs in an ideal (and isolated) spot. Many thanks again to all.

Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:33
I have a large collection of sempervivum in my rockery, which give me a great deal of pleasure. But they are now completely covered by grape hyacinths. These will disappear very soon of course - but are they harming the houseleeks - and if so, should I get rid of them? Presumably I'd have to dig everything out?

Discussions started by Berkley

My Christmas present (gardening) list

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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 08:51

This really cheers me up!

Do you have a favourite photo too? 
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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 20:40

Identification please

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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 16:43

I warned my magnolia....

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Last Post: 13/09/2014 at 10:33

Should my crab apple look like this?

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Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 05:41

Miscanthus Ferner Osten

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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 16:44

August oddities

Do you have oddities in your garden too? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:02

Bare spot problem

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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 17:42

Am I looking after weeds?

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Last Post: 09/07/2014 at 15:24

Misbehaving stipa

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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 21:11

Best fuchsia cuttings

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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 08:47

Look what I did to my rhodos

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Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 23:11

Give alliums a second chance?

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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 21:49

What have Thompson and Morgan sent me?

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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 18:27

What have I done?

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