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Plant identification

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:28

That might work Gardenmaiden, particuarly the yellow one.  I noticed a Mahonia in the background of the photo in the original post - another plant on my wish list!

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:20

When digging up some potatoes today, I found an earwig about 4 inches down in the soil in a little 'pocket' it had made for itself.  I assume t was a female overwintering, ready to lay it's eggs in the Spring.

rasp/gooseberry and fruit trees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:07


rasp/gooseberry and fruit trees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:06

As soon as they have lost all of their leaves and are dormant.  Treat as you would when buying bare root trees and shrubs which are being sold by suppliers from now onwards.

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:03

Hi Megga, yes, that's the issue - you can't upload photo's directly from an iPad.  However, if you use an app to upload them to a photo site like Photobucket, you can use the little tree icon and use the link to your photo and it will then appear in your post.

I always use tap water for seedlings as (in my opinion) it is less likely to contain spores of fungi which may cause damping-off disease.  However I always use rainwater once they have grown beyond the pricking-out stage.

As others have said, ventilation is the only way to reduce condensation.  I have a solar panel which powers 12V fans (recycled from old computers) and that works even in Winter.  However, it's an unheated greenhouse and I only use it to provide a little extra protection for a few less-hardy potted plants - they still get well below freezing in there but do stay dry which really helps.

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:18

Well done GG!  Interesting about the neighbours now talking - just goes to show that seeing a bit of nature is good for human's social psychology.  

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:03

Megga, what device are you using to browse the forum?  Photo's also need to be less than 1MB in file size.

Plant identification

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:01

Have one on my wishlist too - been admiring one in a neighbours front garden for a couple of years.  Tricky colour to fit with other stuff though so will probably have to put it on its own.

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 16:49

Personally, it's the amount of hard standing (block paving, concrete, slabbing etc.) which I see as problematic.  None of those allow surface water to be absorbed into the ground so aggravating surface flooding which is becoming more and more of a problem in urban areas.

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 14:26

You could break the pot and remove the pieces then create a little raised bed (to the same height as the top of the soil in the pot) around the tree.  The problem is that the tree roots have grown through the holes in the bottom of the pot and blocked them, so the pot no longer has any drainage.  As the roots grow more, they will eventually strangle themselves at the point they pass through the holes in the pot.  Leaving it like that will likely kill the tree.  I strongly recommend sacrificing the pot and then either building the raised bed around it, or digging the whole thing out and planting it in the garden at the proper level.

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