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Latest posts by blairs

drainage for tropical style garden

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:03

Bamboo and fern do not really need drainage but certainly the palms and Cordies will if you want to see them over winter. Lots of grit - you buy them in large packets for a few quid in GCs. Mix the grist with the soil and mix. Simple as adnd does work. I also add in bark and rough compost.

Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 12:19

Using the sun is the best way but no use during winter. Having the greenhouse in full sun and dug about 1 metre into the ground surrounded by stone chippings, having the floor tiled all retain heat and use the earths heat. A thermostatic fan heater will then keep the heat around the greenhouse.


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:41

@Jean Genie - the soil looks pretty damp, they need soil on the dryish side until the leaves emerge. Your Acer looks like it has been pruned as there are no natural branch tips, just pruned end points. It does not look good though it may come back in summer but I think it will not going by previous experience.


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 18:50

Acer bloodgood actually prefer full sun. They do not need acidic soil, a mulch of leaf mould is all that is needed - and keeping the soil moist if in a pot. Like all Japanese maples thet hate strong wind and need to be kept out of it.


Posted: 05/04/2013 at 20:09

The Indian Azalea may tolerate a basket as long as you water it assiduously.

Do you use grow lights?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 17:15

You might be better going on a Cannabis growing site as they are masters at using grow lights.

Carrots in tubs

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 17:12

I would actually say 75% sand with compost and pots at least 30cm deep.

Cosmos problems!

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:41
stupidoldgit wrote (see)

well i use homebase compost and look how great my houseplant in my loaf have growing


Is Cosmos the only thing you are growing? I tlooks like cannabis hydroponics.

Any garden questions to really test us

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 22:05
discodave wrote (see)

Does anyone know an easy way to spot the difference between foxgloves and comfrey?

 This photo is one I took this morning (before it started snowing). One is a foxglove and the other is a comfrey. I know which one of these is which (foxglove was removed from my coldframe for this picture) but in the garden I can't tell the difference. 

Left is Foxglove, right Comfrey.

front garden design

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:17
bramble lover wrote (see)

sue  thanks for the suggestion, will look into them

neatbush will think about them again, how do they fare in winter?


They pretty much die back to stems and regrow late spring, so half the year you have nothing to look at. I would not say that they are front garden material.

Cyrtomium falcatum or Japanese Holly Fern would work well as is evergreen, dry shade loving but also takes sun - there is also a large variety of it.


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