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Greenhouse

Posted: Yesterday at 23:05

I would agree that the G/H ridge should run from East to West to maximise the sun's effectiveness as it strikes the long South facing length of the slanted roof.

Also - assuming you have a neighbour's house on the other side of the fence - position the greenhouse near the fence rather than near your house: ie as close to halfway as possible between the two houses to avoid the house shadows as long as possible in morning and evening. This maximises the length of time the sun can reach the greenhouse.

Also, remember to leave enough room between fence and g/h so you can treat the fence with preserver every year or two. (Sorry if that advice was a bit obvious but I know at least two neighbours who made that mistake!)

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:49

Could they be the same as your pictured ones, Watery? Geranium Rozanne does ring a bell with me from a previous discussion on this forum.

Rolling Lawn Aerator

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:45

If you think of how you use a garden fork,  you need weight to push those points into the soil - a machine as small as that can never have as much weight as you yourself can apply. I would hire a properly designed tool or, as Billy Goat says, just use the fork.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:38

Not sure which type these are, Matt. But they come back every year without any help or care from me.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/67885.jpg?width=299&height=350&mode=max

 

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:29

You could hang pictures with the thick bass strings.

The thinner single filament metal electric guitar strings could possibly be used to cut cheese (I prefer a knife though) whereas nylon (classical guitar) strings would be suitable to hang up small gardening tools.

I'm a bit of a recycler too and recently found in my office/studio a box of old guitar strings kept from about thirty years ago! I think I eventually gritted my teeth and scopped them out - felt virtuous for hours after that bit of ruthless decluttering. Now I've just got to deal with the rest of the room! Why did you remind me, Sue?

HELP!!!

Pear disaster

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:17

Just noticed you said they are mature trees. failed pollination does sound more likely - do you get plenty of bees around your garden? If not, try attracting some by planting brightly coloured flowers and shrubs like lavender.

Pear disaster

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:11

I'm not an expert but do have a 4-6 year old conference pear which has been doing well for the last 2 years. For the first 2-4 years the few flowers I did get never developed.

A short checklist of care which worked for me would include things like:

  1. Water generously
  2. Feed the roots periodically
  3. Spray against pests
  4. Judiciously prune when you have to (eg cutting out crossing or damaged branches)

I'm still working out just how much of No 4 and if if at all on my conference: I've heard pears shouldn't be pruned very often but I want to keep mine at a manageable height. 

Any ideas of what to do with this garden?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 12:28

Re your water not draining, Michael, is it possible that a previous owner may have misguidedly laid down some sort of membrane under the soil level?

This  only occurred to me because many years ago we had some friends who started a market garden on about 3 acres of land they had acquired.

Once they started digging down to prepare the ground for planting, they discovered  a huge proportion of this land had been covered with sheet after sheet of builders polythene. They never found out why.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 01:36

Last bit of advice

If your waterbutt won't give you water
To help you, our forum,won't falter.
Don't get in a flap
With that troublesome tap
Let's check out what else you might alter.

Assuming you're not very bright
(And I know this may seem somewhat trite)
But it adds to your chores
If your butt's kept indoors;
So make sure that you choose the right site.

Now most of the experts have found
That the top shouldn't be on the ground!
Coz you'd soon start to shout
When the water falls out
This advice, you'll agree, seems quite sound?

If your ego is too big to swallow,
Then this next bit might seem hard to follow:
(Forgetting your pride)
Has it got an inside?
Have you checked that your waterbutt's hollow?

There is one last thing you need to know
If you want your butt water to flow:
If the tap's at the the top
Then the water will stop
So be sure that you fix it down low.

Once you've checked it all for the last time,
Violence would not be too much of a crime:
You could stop being 'chicken'
Just give it that kickin'!
Coz I'm not writing any more rhyme!

water butt tap not working

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 01:29

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