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Latest posts by blairs

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.


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 13:38

"he told me it had his address on the box so he opened it and the invoice inside had my address on."

The label will be on the box, so check if the correct address is on it.

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 12:28

Unless you have electricity then I would also go for Paraffin heaters: they do keep a GH or shed frost free - not warm.

......the good guys

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 12:18

How can I forget Duchy of Cornwall Nursery? - I ordered on Sunday afternoon and the plants where in my garden by Tuesday morning. Very well packed and healthy large plants.

......the good guys

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 09:35

Coblands is great. I have 2 massive Cordylines from them this year and I have been admiring them from the window since I moved them on the patio. All my plants from them have thrived.

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