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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

water pump size

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 22:22

Pumps are rated by flow and 'head', which is the height that they are capable of pumping water to from the reservoir.  You should choose one with a 'head' rating of at least 1.5 times the vertical distance from where the pump is (usually at the bottom of the reservoir) and the outlet (eg the hole where the fountain spurts from.)  The flow (usually in gallons per hour) you need depends on the size of the hole the fountain spurts from, roughly 1 inch=100 GPH, half inch = 50GPH etc.  The most important number is the 'head' (aka rise) though - too small and you'll get nothing, too large and you'll be shooting water up into the sky!  This page may help:

http://www.lochnesswatergardens.com/pondblog/how-to-choose-a-fountain-pump/

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 19:36

I do the same as you Perki but every 3 or 4 years replace the lot.  Part of the reason for doing this is that Ash tree roots growing under the GH keep growing upwards into the beds and sucking out nutrients (and a lot of water!) and I can't cut them back properly without clearing the borders out completely.  Even though I line the bottoms and sides with 2 or 3 layers of old compost bags, the Ash tree roots still come through!

strawberry bare roots

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 19:21

If they are anything like the wild strawberries growing here DorsetUK, they will be happy.  I have to treat them as weeds or they just take over areas.  As you say, they seem to grow in anything!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 19:07

Hi Perki, my garden isn't that big but this year I need to replace the soil in the borders in my greenhouse (takes about 20 bags), and re-invigorate my three 5x2m veg beds with the farm yard manure.  I'm also raising a couple of my flower borders by about 6 inches (I garden on clay which just keeps 'eating' all of the top dessing I keep putting on.)  I also have a ton of containers.  All I can guarantee is that I'll still run out of compost at some point later in the year!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 18:47

Had 72 bags of compost and FYM delivered today.  Unfortunately the pallet (which was stacked 6ft tall) was left in the road rather than put on my drive, so I have just got in after moving the lot..  I'll certainly sleep well tonight, but whether I can get up tomorrow morning is another matter!

strawberry bare roots

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:28

I've not used flower pouches for strawberries, but have grown them in hanging baskets.  The main hassle is keeping them watered - they are thirsty plants.  The upside is that the fruit is kept away from slugs and the ground, so you will lose less to pests and rotting. 

Curious bulbous thing

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:41

What's the large onion-like bulb to the right?  It could be a set from that - many alliums produce small bulbs at the top father flowering instead of seeds.  When the stem falls, they take root.

strawberry bare roots

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:34

Strawberries are completely hardy so can go outside.  However, growing them under glass at this time of year will give you a slightly earlier crop.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:04

Pretty sure uploading anything other than photo's doesn't work Paul.  Try uploading to Youtube or similar then post the link.

Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:31

Dogwood!  Woof woof! 

Sorry, couldn't resist it!

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Oops!

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