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Greenhouse heating

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:48

Should add that a thermostatically controlled fan heater is best - set to 5C with a view of the min temp in greenhouse going to 4C or so.

spring is coming

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:57

I have Cala lily out all the time. Has been ravaged by winds and slugs alas but no frost damage! They are half hardy so should be OK out now, after this weekends planned frosts. I suspect the frost will be light as we all have 12 hours sun light now.

Infant school garden

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:55

Will people be around to tend, water, remove pests etc during the 6 weeks of summer holiday? Something to think about as Peas if planted now will be cropable during summer holidays and lots of pests will have a field day with no one around, esp pea Moth.

Tree advice pls

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 11:09

I would go for some nice Eucalyptus. They grow fast, are evergreen and smell delightful.

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

But you'll spend much less time in the garden over the winter, so being overlooked won't be such an issue 

Most houses have some other houses facing onto them, so it is less about the garden and more about your house being overlooked. I have 1 house that overlooks mine and their kitchen window, although a good distance away looks into mine and I can see them, esp in winter when lights are on. I have planted a forest of Bamboo to filter them out.

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 15:31

A pot will dwarf it to some degree. You can prune it and let lower branches take lead. A point of caution on that - it can look obvious where you have pruned for some years.

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:59

I would also not spray weedkiller if using weed suppressor. You will need it in a year or so as gravel makes a great germination spot for many seedlings.

Tiering - remove the lawn then dig down and level as to what you want it. For protecting each tier I use treated decking boards nailed to fence posts cut to size for a nice finish. Leave a gap to put rubble between the wood and soil as that slows rotting.

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 09:41

I have 2 ornamental Japanese Cherry trees in large pots (the 3 for £10 ones from Asda). Been there for a number of years. Just keep water in summer and they will be fine. They grow slowly.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:55

Fan heaters are better as the cause air to circulate. Heating can cause condensation due to the difference in temperature inside and out, so adding in air circulation lowers mildew problems.

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 10:14

Opening up the Gooseberry plant helps. I do not use any chemicals on fruit and veg and the only thing that I do to help is to look at the leaves every so often and remove the larvae - they tend to come out all at once enmasse, so is quite horrific. Just cut off the leaf and dispose of the pest. Soak with water to wash off any hidden ones and that seems to work.

Seeding I.D.

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:47

Onions and Spring Onions can look like that but if you have no idea what it is then it may be a case of waiting to see what it develops into.

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