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Latest posts by blairs

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 21:39

I feel better as I got to do lots of gardening today. The rain did not commence here until late on.

Greenhouse Spares

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:59

Ebay would be on my search list.

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:57

Eucalyptus is light like Birch but evergreen, they grow fast and are a good light screen, smell lovely in winter. Do have a snapping problem in strong winds due to that rapid growth though!

Adult vine weevil

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 20:54

Not caught any this year, but I found  few at my kitchen window last winter. Double glazing has enough ventilation to allow them to enter. They do like some house plants and will lay eggs if it suits them in house plants.

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 12:47

Loquat has been growing here for years - so took -13C in 2010. Seeds germinate pretty readily and grow quickly.

Aucuba japonica is also a good evergreen but slow growing.

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 10:50

I would add Loquat (evergreen and thick growing), Laurel and Bamboo.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 23:03

I would do more with my front garden but it is north facing and only half of it gets sun even in summer. It is only really lawn, a native hedge and some bulbs under that hedge, so rather dull. My front garden is also off a lane off a lane, so no passersby to show off to!

Greenhouse

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 22:34

I have had no problems with polycarbonate greenhouses. It is stronger than fragile horti-glass - as you will see from the storms. There is a vast difference between one of those cheap blow away plastic things that cost about £15 and woodenframed polycarbonate greenhouses. It is also the most widely used in Europe.

8X6 is fairly a normal size tbh.

I would look out for sale prices over the next few weeks.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:45
oldchippy wrote (see)
if you ever visit any new housing developments you will find the non existence of any front garden,and parking must be provided off road,very soon front gardens will be a thing of the past.

I live on a new development and everyone has sizable front gardens and driveway.

The places where I see most front gardens turned over to a car park is in cities, mostly in poor areas, not suburban housing developments.

Badly explained help!

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:42
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

 

In technical terms, the soil in the pots will radiate heat as infra-red radiation (heat) in all directions.  If a pot is surrounded by other pots, some of this heat will be absorbed by the other pots instead of being lost to the environment.  The effect of this is that (say) 10 pots clustered together will cool down more slowly than 10 pots spaced widely apart, so it is worth doing.

Heat has to come from somewhere though and the soil is not producing heat by itself. If the pots are in shade then there is no heat to radiate.

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