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Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:07

Water butts may overfill and thus overflow, but I've never heard of them causing rotting to decking - the water will just drain away.  We have several butts around the place, some of them there for many years, and all works fine.  They are not more trouble than they are worth once you get used to them, because your plants will love the contents so much more than tap water.  

I have a jam jar in one of the unused holes in one of mine - from which all the birds like to drink - no matter how many water feeders there are about the garden!  I guess they are there for different types of fittings - I've never thought about it, but off hand cannot think of another purpose for them.

You can stretch some old socks or tights over the holes to let air in and out but keep the insects and/or mozzies out. 

We have a waterer diverter, and two butts linked together so that when one fills the other takes over - they're full now but will be essential later on - I hope. 

Ammerilis

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:01

I have had the most amazing amaryllis this year, deepest darkest red, 4 stems, each with 5 or 6 flowers - it is now resting quietly in the greenhouse.  When it has finished flowering, cut back the flower stems, water and let the leaves grow on.  Give a general feed, something seaweed based is what I use, let it die back altogether and then keep it safe till you re-start it at the end of this year for next winter. 

How to stop bamboo growing & spreading? Does it grow through concrete?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:58

So much depends upon which bamboo he has.  There are lots, and some of them are really very vigorous and can spread through nearly anything.  Maybe if a picture of the bamboo can be uploaded that will help, and a sight of the new shoots - how far from the original planting is it trying to grow? In the end bamboo is a grass, but can be a ferocious one if in the wrong place.

It won't grow through the slabs per se, but will find a way between them if is is a spreader, but there are ways to contain it - more people on here will know more about that than I do - hope he gets some good help here. 

bulbs!

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:54

Surprising amount of bulbs and bulb like things can go in now, look in a good garden centre or good web site - the Spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips will indeed have to wait until autumn, but lots of other fun things now - dahlias?  Not bulbs, but tubers, good time to put those in if you like them, and they can last for many years. 

Would someone be kind enough to identify this beautiful smelling shrub

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:01

A couple of twigs in a vase perfumes the house gloriously - though not overpoweringly.

Nematodes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 12:03

They do indeed work well, but for me, I found the whole process more physical work than I could manage well.  Also, as nature abhors a vacuum, the neighbours slugs came in en masse later on.  However, for a smallish patch that you want to be especially good, they certainly work.  Am thinking of drenching my hosta area with them this year - we will see. 

Arconites

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 11:59

Lucky you!  I've been trying to grow these en masse for years - funny how ones persons joy is another persons 'get rid of' plant.  How are lily of the valley with you? Almost a weed here. 

Help to ID a fairly common plant please?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:27

aha, I did not realise it was flowering now - a bergenia indeed - much prefer hostas personally!

saving condensate water

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:27

Well, I have read up on a couple of sites about this, and indeed I was incorrect and answered without finding out - for which I apologise.  There seems to be a variety of opinions as to how acidic this condensate can be, some saying it is only a little bit and others saying it can be corrosive.  It seems that the overall opinion is to use the soak away and not use it in the garden - unless you find out further. 

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:05

Of course, how else do they know you love them, and how else do you encourage them?  Stroking is also important - maybe when slightly bigger!

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