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Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 13:37

Hi SamJP, those clips only work on standard greenhouses which have a slot in the aluminium frame sections.  The slots are there to accommodate the heads of small bolts which hold the frame together and aren't present on mini-greenhouses.  For those I'd try tie-wraps like these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_tie

You can tighten one around a frame tube and push the 'spare' end of the tie through the bubble wrap, then slide the ratchet end of another tie over the end you pushed through the bubble wrap to hold it in place.  You can even get releasable ties so they can be re-used - normal ones would need cutting off when you remove the bubble wrap.

 

Chrysanthemums

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:31

I would probably use 8 inch (20cm) pots and choose ones with large holes in the bottom as you want the roots to grow through those into the soil of the bed (so don't use crocks at the bottom of the pots.)  They would need re-potting each spring with fresh compost before they are put out into the bed otherwise they would become pot-bound in the second year as well as running short on nutrients.  I'd also mix-in some fish, blood and bone to the compost when you do the re-potting - they are greedy plants and need a lot of food to do their best.  The RHS have some cultivation advice here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=813

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 17:39

Hi all, took advantage of a dry afternoon (at last!) to catch-up with some shredding - got about 2 cubic metres worth of ivy, grapevine and hawthorn prunings through which have been piled up since Christmas!  So nice to be able to do something in the garden.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:10

Nut, the J&J seed mix includes quite large raisins so you may want to check they won't block your feeders - easy to pick out by hand though which I do and put those onto my bird table for the blackbirds (who love 'em. )

French beans

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:02

Far, far too early Anne!  They can't stand low temperatures or any degree of frost so you don't really want to sow French beans until all danger of frost has passed.  They grow quickly if not checked by cold but cold-stunted plants never do well and later sowing always do much better than plants so affected.

acer pruning

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 14:58

Hi Patzz, This tree is also known as a boxelder.  From: http://www.easybloom.com/plantlibrary/plant/boxelder-1

"Pruning:

Generally, pruning isn't necessary, but small trees can be pruned in order to accentuate shape. If pruning is desired, make cuts during summer/early fall (for climates with mild winters) or between late fall and mid-winter (in climates with freezing-temperature winters) in order to minimize sap bleeding."

It's a US site so as we are in the UK I would take 'freezing climates' advice and prune it now if it really needs it but I expect it will bleed regardless.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:53

Hi Alan, no problem.  The seed I get is 'Johnson & Jeff Superior Wild Bird Seed Husk Free' from Burnhills, the sunflower hearts are from Croston Corn Mill and mealworms from Hoof & Hound.  Google will find them for you.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:35

Hi all, I know there have been a lot of threads over the years about feeding birds but after recently buying some birdfood in bulk, I couldn't believe the difference in costs compared to buying from the supermarket (where I normally get it) so thought I'd share! These are just some examples:

20kg sunflower hearts £24 - supermarket £60, saving £36
20kg wild bird seed husk free £22 - supermarket 'no mess' £80, saving £58
5kg dried mealworms £42 - supermarket £150 (!!!), saving £108

No doubt some stores/supermarkets have better prices than those above, but many of their prices are just unbelievable - take the meal worms for example - Asda charge £3 for just 100g, that's £30 per kg!

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:33

Maybe a different shaped one - like a tea scoop?  There seem to be leaf motifs on it which is why I like your possible tea connection!

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:18

Too small, Birdy - Gg says it is only 5cm x 3.5cm.  It looks purely decorative to me with no obvious fixings other than what could be a broken soldered joint at the lower left on the back.  I think it's likely a decorative buckle from a shoe or somesuch but I do think it is probably quite old and has been protected from corrosion by the coating which may be real silver.

Edit: I see you've since noticed the size   Good call with the tea strainer handle, or possibly the handle from a tea measuring spoon?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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