London (change)
Today 4°C / 1°C
Tomorrow 4°C / -2°C


Latest posts by blairs

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:39

Paving is better in a 6X10 greenhouse. Soil keeps the greenhouse damp in winter which encourages mould on plants ,and, in spring and summer allows all manner of things to crawl in and eat what is in your greenhouse.

Pesky Slugs

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 17:42

kath51 wrote (see)

I just leave them and hope my army of helpers (frogs,hedgehogs,thrushes etc) will eat them. I  tell my grandchildren that they are someone elses dinner, so we leave them alone. I am totally organic and believe that after a while there is a predator for everything. It works for me.

Problem is few predators actively seek slugs and none like larger slugs, so if Slugs survive to maturity then there is a good chance that they breed. I normally have a dozen slugs in my garden and I still had a plaque this year. I had to use the blue pellets as they were picking my garden clean. I had 6 frogs in spring and 6 in autumn.

Spring bulbs

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 15:37
sotongeoff wrote (see)

This from last January

This from February

coldest then warmest

We still have a lot of winter to come


Around 120 of potential frosty days to go!

Grow House

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 18:01

Nutcutlet is right, you need to regularly open the doors/lid. I had mould on my seedlings as well. It was been mild and damp and I have not had time to open the doors. You need to keep the doors open as much as you can. I plan to keep mine open until it gets below 0C now.

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 12:04
Mrs. Little Bush wrote (see)

I am not too sure that we can win the battle.

True. I assiduously kept slugs off my Hostas, Hollyhocks and the like this spring and summer. The Hollyhock got rust and the rest were eaten by Moth caterpillars in autumn. So I have learned to live with the odd leaf being eaten, there is no thing as perfect and you will drive yourself mad in trying!

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 11:58
Pauline01UK wrote (see)

I have read several times that French Marigolds and Nasturtiums inbetween your crops work to deter slugs from eating them, also in the greenhouse it's said that they deter aphids, white fly and black fly from tomato's and peppers. I have bought some French Marigold's so I will be giving them a try

No! Slugs love Marigold flowers and love Nasturtiums. What you are doing is using a sucidide plan - sacrificing one plant to save another. It does not exactly work as you are attracting slugs to the plants you want to save with a plant with a stronger scent, so you end up with slugs on both.

Taking Laurel Cuttings

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 10:21

The only way I get Aucuba japonica cuttings was via semi-hardwood.

I took 6 inch cuttings or so, removed all the leaves (important as those I did not never rooted), planted deeply in a sheltered, damp place. It took 8 months at least. You need to cut off the leaves to conserve water suring summer. I found them hard to root and it is slow.


Posted: 03/01/2013 at 18:40
stuart 5 wrote (see)

Now I am confused! All the advice I have looked at elsewhere seems to be conflicting.I need the hedge to be 6 or 7 ft  eventually.

Nothing to be confused about - you are starting a hedge, not regenerating an old one. If you want the hedge to be bushy and erm hedge like then you cut the leading part of the whip and that forces the side branches to grow and you get a thick hedge. You do that in year 3-4, you are in year 0. Even if you want it tall and thin, the trees still need to be pruned or they will be thinner at the bottom. You want the hedge to be thinner at the top than bottom for various reasons.

What to sow in January

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 18:36

@Lisa69 - just sow the Larksprur seeds where you want them and some will come up in spring.

What to sow in January

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 13:14
nutcutlet wrote (see)

You should sow anything that needs a chill to start it off. Otherwise it's as sotogeoff says

Very true, though he says in the OP that has a propagator. I was thinking of winter salad, Onion seed and even Pansies - he would need to stunt their growth in a coldframe after germination but I can see them working.

Discussions started by blairs

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 251
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 606
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 811
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 1158
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 739
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 473
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 724
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 693
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

GWM says 20% discount and only get 10% 
Replies: 5    Views: 2256
Last Post: 21/10/2014 at 10:02

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 1471
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
10 threads returned