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You Know You Enjoy Your Garden When...

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 22:20
Mark 1963 wrote (see)
Yes its nice having time to yourself in the garden

Oh yes. I just love doing 'stuff' in the garden. Even little things like moving a pot, opening the greenhouse or sitting in the sun is great. It is nice to have family and friends in the garden but it is my space...so leaving me alone for a while is great.

Fungus spray for seedings

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 10:56

Using perlite/vermiculite in the seeding mix, top dressing with grit and using a fan all reduce dampening off. Not overwatering also helps.

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 10:44

I have Mahonia japonica in a similar spot and it looks great. I really hate when it is planted in full sun as they go tall, lanky and red-yellow and jus tlook awful. Mine in full shade is dark, glossy and bushy.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:17

Before doing so I thought it wise to ask if anyone knows the following:

  • Is there a brand that is better and longer lasting than others?
  • Technique:  Brush Vs Spray
  • Is using a spray much quicker, what prepping is required?
  • By using the traditional method of using a brush still the best, in way of finish and protection?

I use a god fence preservative - you can decide which is best.

Brush is best - there is a fence brush the thickness of a typical vertical post. Spray goes all over the place and not enough on the wood. Same for roller IME.

You need to wash off any green algae growth before staining. Should last 5 years when stained at least.

Olive Tree problem

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:13

That is quite thin, so keeping it frost free (and given central Europes low winter temps) is a good idea. You could try misting the leaves but outside is really best.

Olive Tree problem

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 15:04

Where are you based? How thick is the main trunk? I had one at a window and the leaves greyed, dried out and fell off en-masse. They need a more humid atmosphere than a centrally heated house can offer and are better outside...so unless the temps are below 0C then put it outside.

Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 12:23

Sea Holly grows from perennial roots - so they flower in the first year. You should be able to order them online now for a few pounds for 2-3.

Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 11:26

Cardoon are huge and have the 'thistle' look.

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 10:42

You know you are getting old when...

You stop and pick up a coin from the ground and not just for 'good luck' but because it is money. Truth is it is difficult to buy anything for under £1 these days and almost nothing for under 10p.

Narcissus starting to grow

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 21:59

It would be nice to get early blooms Dove. I have had mine bloom in June, so Feb or March as usual would be good.

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