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Recomendations please!

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 21:21

The thicker the wood the better and sleepers will last the longest.  However, timber decking boards are treated, good value and will last a decade or more.  Most of my raised beds are on soil but when I've had to build on concrete I used woven landscape fabric, stapled to the inside with galvanised staples to prevent soil running out of the bottom.  You'll need to make them deeper than when on soil and it's advisable to put down a layer of gravel etc to help drainage (put that down and lay the landscape fabric on top of it then fill with growing medium.)  I used bought-in topsoil mixed with well rotted farmyard manure.  In my early attempts, I filled them with bagged multi-purpose compost but found it degraded and plants stopped growing well after a few years, hence the switch to the topsoil/manure mixture which only needs top dressing with more FYM every couple of years or so to stay fertile.

Global warming

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 19:07

Mild UK winters are having a pretty bad effect on a lot of wildlife.  Overwintering moths and butterflies are one example - they are dying due to fungal infections which are more likely in warmer damper conditions.  Of course, other places in the world are having colder winters which brings more obvious problems.  While natural selection will result in other species more suited to the conditions taking over niche environments, that's no comfort to the species who they replace.

Bareroot perennials planting

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 19:00

Those are all tough plants so think you'll be fine.  Mycorrhizal fungi won't hurt and needs to be in direct contact with the roots so I just plunge bare roots into a bucket of water and dust them before planting - no point wasting it by putting it in the soil.

Red seed leaves

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:45

Nut is spot on.  Red is one colour of plant tissue before chlorophyll is produced.  That's also why leaves often turn red in autumn as the chlorophyll breaks down.

Last edited: 13 February 2017 18:45:30

Info on Trackr

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:36
Hostafan1 says:

what happens if it's your phone which has been nicked?

See original post

It tracks itself in an infinite loop and eventually pops out of existence with a sound similar to a blue pixie bell (the non-conical type.)

100 year old indoor GrapeVine

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 16:41

Try brushing them off with a small stiff brush, such as a nail brush etc.  A little washing up liquid in water may help with brushing off the waxy fluff.  They could also be mealy bugs which look similar - same treatment.

The grapes going mouldy is probably unrelated - better ventilation will help, as will thinning the grapes out on each bunch using vine scissors. 

Last edited: 12 February 2017 16:46:36

100 year old indoor GrapeVine

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 16:19

Looks like woolly aphid rather than mould to me:

What tree

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 16:04

As nut says, tricky!  I've just nipped down the garden (how's that for dedication?!) and collected an ash leaflet from beneath an ash tree and would say, If it's definitely one of the two, it's ash:

Dwarf raspberries in pots

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 15:55

They prefer a pH of 5.5 to 6.5 which is slightly acidic, so you could add some of the ericaceous compost to normal compost.  I think I'd use a John Innes #2 and mix in up 10 to 20% of the ericaceous.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 14:10

Just about to sow some sweet peas in root trainers which I filled with compost a few minutes ago and am now waiting to get some feeling back in my fingers so I can pick the seeds up!

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