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Latest posts by blairs

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:09

@panseyface - never tried them, just grew them tbh!

@philippa smith2 - I agree but the effort/reward return of investment with cooking ginger is not worth it!

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 13:57

I am with Welshonion, it is just not worth it as you need very hot and humid conditions. Eddoes (Alocasia), Passion fruit, Sharon fruit and Lemon grass are easier and more rewarding to edible exotics to buy.

Removing a concrete fence post set in concrete base

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 18:56

If you are due frost tonight then soak the concrete with cold water.. First light tomorrow pour over boiling water. That should produce cracks that more easily split when hit with a hammer.

Only other thing I can think of is to plum the post and then add postcrete to hold it in place? Might need a lot of it though!

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:16

" I placed the pot in the north facing window"

They need a south facing window and 100% not a north facing one. That is the reason the plant looks awful as it is desperate for light and is now etiolated. They need light and as much light as possible.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:11

I would be tempted to improve drainage in the bed by forking it over. If it is minor surface crumbling of the bricks due to most bricks getting frosted I would be tempted to just render over them, paint them white or gray and add some nice wood to the top of the bricks to make it look contemporary.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 09:14

Christmas cards are an evolution of visiting/calling cards which developed from the early 18th century. There was etiquette over which side of the card was turned up or down, if it was reciprocated and if that was in an envelope or not.

Christmas trees came to the UK via Prince Albert after the German tradition.

Christmas day as a day off and celebration much more recent (1958). In Scotland, Ireland and northern England the tradition was the giving of presents (normally food) on Handsels Monday and not Christmas, which was just a normal working day.

We can blame the likes of Coca-Cola and various American movies for the modern Christmas.

Personally I miss the lights when taken down, as it makes January so dark and gloomy.

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 21:01

As you are keeping it growing then you should keep it watered. You only keep pelargoniums dry if you are overwintering it in the dark and cut off most of the foliage.

Moving small trees and shrubs

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:27

Agree with all the above. I have moved Magnolia a few times and the worst that does is set it back a little next season and you may not get flowers in spring.

I would notice a 5ft shrub leaving my garden, so if you have sold your home, the new people will also notice, thought tbh unless there is a pic of it, it will be difficult to prove.

Washing fleece

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:19

Do not bother to wash it. Shake off mud. I have left out thick garden fleece and the wet and sunlight degenerates it. Some mud is not going to stop it working.


Posted: 04/12/2014 at 09:08

Looks like your GH is in a sheltered spot near 2 fences, so it should be fine in winds.

I would place a non porous membrane on the floor then add slabs to the bottom of the GH. This will help reduce moisture in the GH and dreaded botrytis which can kill more than frosts can. I would also recommend an autovent for the window.

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