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Jet Stream finally moving up

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:43

Channel 4 as part of its news service, have announced that the jet stream has finally moved from its unusual location south of ireland and will be over scotland for the weekend.

For those that don't know it is because of being on the cold north side of the jetstream we have been having such a rough Spring.

The East coast may well hit 21 degrees this weekend unfortunately in the west it will be cloudy and rainy but still much warmer. So it looks like we should be able to start some planting out even if is in the wet for some of us. 


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:50

I'd like to cut in some little terraces or just a spades worth of ledge and then anything trailing say petunia's falling down the slope 

MOB rants

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:40

The flicker might be a screen fault or a psu fault my screen dims on battery and brightens on mains power you would see there is an led light which usually changes colour orange when charging yellowy green when charged off when no power connected.

Alternatively if it is the screen you might plug an external monitor in the side and it can mirror the internal screen. A tube type you should just about be able to get for free, if you ask the right person... they have little value these days people like big lcd screens these days.



New build house garden

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:29

Seems a shame to just put a garden to stone but a weed control fabric and some decorative stone is pretty much it. Your missing out on what you could have thou. Maybe try a few pots and baskets  see if anything takes your fancy.

Looking for a 'fast' growing Yew tree (Taxus)

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 08:57 this page might help it says yew is fast growing when young and will slow down when it gets pruned.


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 08:49

Stephanie will you please give over with the grow light thing please you already started 2 threads yesterday in different sections of this forum and they were not the first. Have you considered that maybe there is little interest in your survey how many responses do you need anyway? Do you realise how irritating canvassers are? Maybe you might be better to take to the streets, maybe ask for permission from a garden centre  chain like b&q (who likely would be interested in your results ) or create a small website and a google adwords account So people who are interested in grow lights can learn about them and hopefully will also in return take your survey. 

You can make a small site with free hosting for less than a tenner and if the site is informative another tenner would bring in enough visitors to get the survey responses you need. Hope this is a useful response.

Sorry if this comes off a bit curt, bit grumpy when i'm full of cold and it won't shift.


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 07:10

morning ladies think i definately need foxgloves


All year plants

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 06:25

I'm not the most experienced gardener but i think the thing that makes a garden is to have some structural plants which are there all year and mix in a blend of different plants that mature at different times, this way they are always changing different plants taking the stage at different times of the year. growing from seed is great but cuttings and a well selected perenial or 3 will help keep things moving.

Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:17

Solar power for electric heating is not going to work with a conventional heater, i was going to say not at all but then i was thinking my heated propagator is a reasonably managable 60 watts and half the time its off.  There was a link to  a video where someone was heating a shower with compost that might be a possible with a small  pump a radiator and a big pile of compost to break down. Actually maybe not a radiator but hose running through a propagator bed... sydney tubes are pretty good but still a bit short of output on a cloudy day.  maybe you could convert oil burner boiler to run on waste veg oil and pipe some of that into a greenhouse / conservatory. The plus side being that used veg oil can be aquired from free to 25 cent a litre. A quarter of the cost of regular oil. still a big investment to start with.

One for the ladies...

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:58

um dock leaves for nettle stings, um i read somewhere parsley is a powerful aphrodisiac. I'ce seen big fields of opium poppies grown in lincolnshire by the showground for medicinal purposes. 

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