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Latest posts by blairs

Tree fern

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 14:35

Are they in pots or in the ground? Also, where in the UK are you based and how big are the Dicksonia?

Moving a magnolia??

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 15:22

At 10ft its commercial value will be high £££ - if pot grown. The problem with planting it and then digging it up again is now you have the risk of it dieing back. A tree shovel should do the trick. My guess is at least a 50l pot.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 11:37
blairs wrote (see)

Physical barriers are the ONLY way to stop them. The skewers or bamboo canes will work nicely. Any sprays or the like will wash away and are a waste of money and time. Buy some cheap bamboo canes and place them around the area where they walk and they will clear off, especially if they are pooping in a flower bed.

I stand by my method. Cats like to poop where there is open ground. A bare winter border is perfect for them. All you need to do is put lots of bamboo or sticks or whatever to physically stop them from getting to  bare earth areas. You can remove them as bulbs/perennials grow. Simple, cheap and from experience effective.

You are wasting time and money on smells (it washes away after a few hours), gadgets (why bother spending £40?)

Welly boots

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 09:44


CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I wish some one would invent a welly or boot that mud didn't stick to I always look like the mafia has given me a pair of concrete boots only after about 10 min of digging even walking across the lawn this time of year gives me a mafia pair of shoes ready for the local river LOL


Spray some WD40 onto the boots and the mud does not stick to them. Some goes with lawn mowers - grass does not stick to the blade and insides as much if you spray it with WD40.

Moving a magnolia??

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 09:39

Do you know how long it has been in the ground for? That makes a difference. Longer it has been in the ground the larger the root ball and the more difficult it is to move. As M.grandiflora is an evergreen early spring is the ideal to move it. They have surface roots, so it needs a wide root ball  to keep it from dieing back.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:20

I never thought of them as insulation between pots. That would make some sense and worth a try. I was using them (I rarely have them) as drainage.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 10:43

Rats and mice love the starch I would be careful adding it to a compost pile. As Bob said they should melt in water so do that first before adding to compost.

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 11:42

You have started the seed off far too early. Even if you wanted it to give the Sunflowers a kick start, Feb or March would have been generous. Given the light duration, angle of sun and UV strength they will just get very leggy and fall over and die and at best snap in the first wind when put outside in April/ May. We are not even past the shortest day yet and still have 3 months of winter to get through.

Recommend online plant suppliers

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 11:22

There are lots of Cornwall based nurseries on ebay as well as those mentioned above.

How to heat a Greenhouse...

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 13:41

An electric heater with a thermostat will only come on when it reaches the set temperature. The warmest part of the day in winter tends to be during the day so it may not come on at all during the day. I would not worry about those being left on.

My GH has no electricity so I use paraffin heaters and if it is forecast to be low temps all day I just leave it on - fuel lasts for 5 days if needs be.

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