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Louvres in Greenhouses

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:54

I'll second Pansyface's advice.

spring bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:52

As nut says, give them a bit of a feed if you like but otherwise do nothing.  The leaves are now feeding the bulb and next year's flower is forming inside.  If you do anything unnatural to the leaves at this point, then you'll get no flowers next year.  If you want to split any of the clumps of bulbs up, mark their position now with a label then split and replant them after the leaves have died.

Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:48

I'll be feeling like that tomorrow morning Steve - 30 bags of manure and compost to move today..  Bits of me still ache from the long Easter weekend!

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:40

That's just their normal growth habit - the leaves will be normal when they are fully developed.

PS, I would remove the blue label around the trunk - they can restrict growth and hide pests or become a starting point for a fungal infection.  Or is that tape holding it together where it has been split/broken at some point?

Plant id please

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:54

Haha - how could I have forgotten that 'enchanting' weed! 

Hobby Greenhouse gets too hot

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:51

I have solar-panel powered fans in my greenhouse, but given the resources used to make the panels, I can't really call them sustainable.  My long-term solution was to grow a dwarf apple tree directly to the south and keep it it to an open shape by summer pruning.  That way, the greenhouse gets maximum light when it is needed most (from late autumn to spring) when there are no leaves on the tree and some shade in the summer which the leaves provide.  Bonus apples, too!

Plant id please

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:43

If I didn't try and keep on top of them, Geum urbanum and Ranunculus repens would completely take over my whole garden in short order!  OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration as I'm sure the Hedera helix and Fraxinus excelsior seedlings would survive and the Fragaria vesca would doubtless find a niche for itself, too, not to mention the Aegopodium podagraria and Elymus repens!   Blimey, they don't seem so bad when called by their latin names though do they?

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:25

Edd's right - I would plunge the whole pot in a bucket of water for 30 minutes or so every few days until they have gone.  The ants may have excavated a nest inside the pot.

Fertilizing... Please help as it's driving me mad!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:17

Hi Craigh, FB&B is long-lasting, so you only really need to use it once a year (apply as recommended  on the packet) , although most of us will add a little to the planting hole when something new goes in.  I started serious gardening in my mid-20s as an escape from technology (my work) but it has proven to be relaxing, exciting, keeps me fit and provides the tastiest fruit and veg I have ever eaten - what's not to like!

Fertilizing... Please help as it's driving me mad!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 21:35

Well rotted horse manure would certainly be the best overall and you would normally spread that on flower beds and shrubs in early spring.  Put it on veg. beds in the autumn.  However, fish, blood and bone fertiliser is an excellent slow-release organic fertiliser which you just need to tickle-in to the surface with a small rake, hoe or similar andis usually added in spring.

If you have clay or sandy soil, then a top-dressing of well-rotted manure will improve the soil structure as worms will pull it down into the soil.  If you are lucky enough to have a good loamy soil then F,B & B will be enough but adding manure is good for any type of soil.

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