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Latest posts by blairs

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 09:57

I thought the trend for raised beds was to make an area look nice? Rendered ones tend to incorporate seating and you can see plants better by being at eye level. It is more a garden room trend.

How to get rid of Gorse

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 11:35

Diluted Chlorine bleach will kill it.

Plant ID please

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 11:26

You really need to take pics of them in leaf...

Black squirrels

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 11:25

Looks quite nice. You get black squirrels in Canada and northern US states, so not unique.

echium pininana

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 21:04

It looks large enough to flower this year

Paraffin Heater

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 21:02

Greenhouses can be as cold as the outside, so a heater is still needed until April. Worst thing is to have lots of seedlings going and you get a late frost that kills them - has happened to me. I also use a paraffin heater as my GH is too far from my house for electricity. I only put it on when below -2C is forecast.

echium pininana

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 22:25

From experience they will looks a lot better in the next coming months. They prefer full sun and good drainage.  Bottom leaves browning is not an issue as we are still in winter!

Growing with Coir

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 11:48

IKEA sells Coir quite cheaply - look for 'kokosnot' in the plant aisle.

Growing with Coir

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 08:53

"Have used it , but did not like it seemed to dry out to quick , might be OK mixed with ordinary compost or those water retention cystals "


Right tool for the right job. Plants that need well draining soil love coir, so why bother adding water retention materials when its job is to drain well (though it is also water retentive). Coir is also good in seed germination for that reason. Add some Perlite and a little compost and it reduces dampening off.


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 08:47

By law mailing list must have an 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom - click on that to stop the 'spam'.

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