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Wintering Agapanthus

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 09:17

It would be better in the ground than a pot. Add in lots of grit to make the soil very free draining and site it in as full sun as possible. As it is dying down it sounds deciduous which should mean that it is more hardy than the evergreen ones. If we get prolonged freezes then a mulch of bark is all that is needed, removing the mulch in early spring.

Pumpkin carvings

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 21:59

 I still need to make the smile a bit more firendly. We have already tried to make pumpkin muffins (ok but needs cinnamon to give it taste) and will try pumpkin bread tomorrow.

Pumpkin carvings

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 20:58

Very good. My son (4) wanted our pumpkin to have a happy face, so ours has a big smile and is not at all spooky.

Looking for Something Different

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 18:35

Try tropical plants. They germinate fast in a greenhouse and you will have something less pedestrian than Lupins and delphiniums.

I do recommend Peter White's shop as I have had a good germination rate and I think he has a sale on:

Extending Grass Area in garden

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 14:35

Can you post a pic as it would help?

10cm deep of topsoil compacted down, sand to level then lawn rolls should work. I said lawn rolls as it is a bit late for grass seed to germinate as we are weeks away from frosts, but might work.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 14:31
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

Thankyou blairs I will look into this 

I did see a fan greenhouse heater in this months GW near the back page


Have a look on Amazon warehouse - they often have cheap electric fan heaters with thermostats for half price. I would say it cost about £20 more to use it last year and that was with those late frosts James!

I would only say it was cost effective if you already have electricty in the GH of course as it costs loads to instal with trenching etc.

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 14:23

You can get Z shaped clips that you screwdown to seal polycarbonate glazing AJK.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 14:20

Even if there was such as thing as solar powered heating, for 3-4 months of the year daylight duration, angle and strength would render it useless. The coldest period is 3am-7am in winter. On Dec 21st it can be daylight only from 9am-4pm, so solar will never work.

If you mean some sort of heat exchange using water warmed by the sun, then again the above with the added complication that the water will freeze to some extent.

An electric fan heated with a thermostat set to 7C is probably the best value given that paraffin produces so much moisture and you can kill more with botrytis than cold.

Bird of Paradise not flowering

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:36

They like being pot bound, so perhaps you are being too kind to the Strelizia. Do you know what variety it is? Am guessing it is not Nicoli.

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 21:31

Good advice ZG

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