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Chinese redbud trees

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 18:05

I think you'll be ok with some formative pruning while they're young but probably best to leave them to it once that is done and would lay-off with the MG.  Yes, they do seem a bit finicky - I don't normally grow things which are picky but got carried away when I was plant shopping and think they must have, erm, "accidentally fallen into the basket"!

Cost of bird food

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:15

Hooray, the goldfinches have turned up after going awol for a few weeks. 

They are so colourful when the garden is looking a bit drab.  The feeders are starting to be emptied much quicker now than over the last few weeks too.

No Aconites yet

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:05

Hopefully they will appear.  Being woodland plants they do need shade in the Summer to emulate tree foliage and stop them drying out.  I didn't provide that the first time I grew them and only one came up the next year.

HEATED PROPOGATOR

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:37

It looks like a Sankey Growarm 300 Propagator Kit. If so, that is definitely capillary matting.   Nice bit of kit with the temperature control.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 13:16

 

 

 

Hi David, as promised, here are photos of the lid.

The underside has a couple of battens to locate it properly and stop it sliding off:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/37193.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Lid in place:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/37194.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I also discovered that the cheap (£3.50 from Wilko) windowsill propagators fit perfectly - more by luck than judgement though! :

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/37195.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

The small module trays in those are ideal for small batches of seeds, so I'll definitely be using them this way for my toms, peppers etc.

Greenhouse help

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:07

John, if whatever you choose has an optional aluminium base, I strongly suggest you spend the extra to get it.  They add a lot of rigidity which helps prevent the frame warping over time if the ground/paving/brick below settles which is a big cause of cracked panes.  I'd also go for the safety glass, especially if you have very young or old folk about, or if you might ever decide to move it in the future.  Horticultural glass is a nightmare to remove after a few years as it becomes brittle and panes often break into large and extremely sharp pieces. 

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:50

A few years ago I left a tray of 3" tall beetroot seedlings, sown in modules, laying on an unused part of a veg bed for a few weeks as there was no room for them.  A few weeks later I found they had rooted into the soil below and they went on to produce usable roots.  I don't know if that tells us anything other than neglect isn't necessarily a bad thing!

Gardener come.....

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 10:55

I always wanted to be an astronomer and found Patrick Moore an inspiration, RIP.  Unfortunately I was rather immature in my youth (and perhaps still am!) and discovered motorcycles, alcohol and the opposite sex (not necessarily in that order!) when I should have been concentrating on my A levels.  I caught up later on my education but was already in a job by then and never had the courage (or any encouragement) to jack the job in and go back to university to study the subject.  Still, I do now have telescopes and an observatory in my garden and with over 40,000 amateur astronomers in the UK it's a thriving community, as is the gardening one I love so much.

Backfilling hole for laying lawn

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 01:38

I'm finding it difficult to visualise exactly what you mean from the description.  Can you upload a photo?  If you mean the whole area is 2m x 2m x 32cm deep but you only want to buy 10-15cm of topsoil, then one option is to put 15-20cm of ballast, gravel, sharp sand or similar free-draining cheap 'filler' material down to provide drainage then a layer of topsoil to the required level on top.

HEATED PROPOGATOR

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 01:17

Does it have any label, maker's name or model number on it, Madeleine?

If not, please upload a photo as there's a good chance someone here will recognise it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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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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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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Sparrows!

The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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why-all-the-hyphens-in-post-titles

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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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