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Constricting sleeper walls with the long side up

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 13:14

One way of providing extra support is to drill through the sleepers and hammer rebar down through the holes so they go down at least 18" (~45cm) into the soil beneath.  This method is particularly good if you are using them to retain heavy soil or when terracing a slope.  It's also effectively hidden.

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Salvia patens oxford blue

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:49

I concur - mine survive outside in a raised bed but are always late to appear and flower.

X-Stream propagator

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:45

Hydroponics is really only of use for growing cropping plants indoors under artificial lighting.  If you want to raise any kind of cuttings, the most important thing to provide is bottom heat.  That could easily and cheaply be arranged by having a temperature controlled heated propagation bed (they are easy to make  yourself, if so inclined) or a heated propagation mat  You then place the cuttings in pots filled with a mix of compost and grit (or perlite), stand them on the heated bed/mat and they will root in no time.  Once rooted, you would then transfer them to an unheated greenhouse or coldframe to grow them on.  When large enough to plant out, they need hardening off by placing the pots outside during the day and bringing them back in to the GH or coldframe every night for a couple of weeks.  This allows the plants to slowly acclimatise to outdoor conditions.

I have no Butterflys - help

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:32

It's been a bad year and butterflies are suffering in many parts.  I normally see masses of commas, tortoiseshell and red admiral amongst many others but hardly any this year.  Quite a few large and small cabbage whites though!

Breeze Block Garden

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:29

You've made a lovely job with those breezeblocks, bplp, and lovely colourful planting!  Quite a transformation from that large area of paving which always looks rather drab and sterile I think.

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 10:21

The same for the vampires, Alison.  The problem with general feeds is they tend to have a bit too much nitrogen compared with tomato feed and this can lead to excessive leafy growth at the expense of fruit which need more potash (potash is the K value in the NPK ratio printed on the pack.)

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:57

In that case, try reducing the amount of feeding.  Capsicums don't need feeding very much and once a fortnight would be ample.  It is usually recommended to feed them with a tomato feed but at half the strength you would use on tomatoes.

Things that make me squirm

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:32

Things that I've said and done in my younger days, memories of which pop into my mind on random occasions..  I've since learnt to think before I speak or act, a skill I wish I had developed a few decades ago!

Cayenne peppers

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:25

The buds aren't even opening Pete, so my advice would be to change the watering regime and water them in the morning rather than the evening.  I would probably water them less, too.  My conservatory gets up to 40C and I only water every two or three days at most.  The only other thing I can think of is that they may not like the early morning sun and might be better moved so they get it later in the day.  Are the plants growing well other than the buds falling off, Alison?

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 17:23

Showers started at about 1pm but the sunny intervals got shorter and shorter until it was constant rain which looks like it'll go on now til dark.  Forecast here is similar for tomorrow.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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Border design by Spanish bluebells

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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