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Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 16:38

In technical terms, the soil in the pots will radiate heat as infra-red radiation (heat) in all directions.  If a pot is surrounded by other pots, some of this heat will be absorbed by the other pots instead of being lost to the environment.  The effect of this is that (say) 10 pots clustered together will cool down more slowly than 10 pots spaced widely apart, so it is worth doing.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 21:35

I'm fairly sure the dark centred ones are all mixed Rudbeckias Mark but am not sure about the short all-yellow ones at the bottom right.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 19:08

Mark, Artak, I love those too - just checked my pics and I last grew them 12 years ago, so time for a reintroduction!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/35176.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

 

 

Shredder

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 21:56

I just had a google for an attachment as I do have a Dremel - they look good.  My round files are probably some cheap rubbish I expect.

Shredder

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:21

Good news about the shredder repair Berghill.  What type of chainsaw did you get?  Mine is a Husqvarner and has been very reliable.  Biggest bind is sharpening the blades on the chain though - I usually use files and they don't seem to last very long - one sharpening and I need a new file!

Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:12

In the case of snowdrop bulbs I think it must depend on how long they are out of the ground.  Some years ago I dug up a very dry clump (the bulbs had no roots or shoots showing) in late summer and immediately replanted handfuls of them in other areas of the garden.  They all flowered the next spring, so I expect the bad reputation comes from buying loose bulbs which have been in storage for some weeks or months.

Begonia seeds

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:01

I've never tried seeds but I find even begonia plugs are temperamental so only buy tubers these days.

Riddle me

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 18:42

"Advice" would work Verdun - I guess we are all guilty of not taking our own!

It was 'a cold' I was thinking of!

Riddle me

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 23:48

What can you be given that you can give away but never keep?

(Just made this one up so there might be more than one answer!)

Tete a tete daffodils in small pots from the garden centre

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 20:34

Better a little too deep than too shallow chicky - the narcissus family never do well if the ground dries out.

 

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