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Greenhouse Spares

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:01

Try Two Wests and Elliot, they make all sorts of bits for greenhouses, and are very willing to give advice as well. 

Replanting/moving rock roses

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:00

Probably now now while they are busy flowering - having said that, I have moved things when you shouldn't and got away with it.  If it must be done now, prepare the new place for them first, dig them up with as much soil and root as possible, and drop them straight in the new place. Give them a good watering, and - and this sounds dreadful but is needful - remove as many flowers as possible.  You canot ask the plant to make new roots, move to a new position and support flowers as well, too much to do.   If yu can wait a while, then when the flowering has ceased,  cut the rock roses back and move as before.   Better yet, do them in spring, but I suspect that will be too far away for your needs.   You can grow herbs in pots while you wait, in fact many of them do as well, if not better, in pots than in the ground.  Which herbs do you hope to grow?  Some need moist conditions and others anything but - and it may be better to do those in the autumn too - but I know how it is when the mood strikes. 

Best fruit cage materials?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:23

No idea just now, it's been in situ for quite a long time now - I think it is the heavy at 25 mm, but as in all these things, try to buy the best you can afford - it will pay you in the end.  I had to replace my old one as I forgot to put the wide netting on the roof for the winter, and the weight of the  snow bent the previous poles in half!  So, do buy wide winter netting to keep the pigeons out, and put it up so you can get the roof netting on and off easily - or you won't,  because you will be cold and tired and don't think snow weighs that much ............ and be in trouble just as I was!

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:22

No not at all, better than some of the boring things some people get excited about - it is at least important to the garden and recycling - and here is one of the few places you can get excited about it!!

See what you mean about the height of the compost bin, I was thinking more about a heap ...................

Identification help needed

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:58

Pretty though isn't it?  However, not in the beds - get rid.

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:57

P.S. You can pee in a bowl and dilute that if being female makes standing over the bin difficult!!! Friends with small children who are still not shy are useful, the kiddiwinkles love peeing in the heap - as long as they understand that is the only place they can do it in a garden!!

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:55

You can put just about anything in your compost bin except cooked food - that will encourage rats and those I am sure you do not want.  How long it takes to break down will depend upon how hot it gets in there, and how big the bin is.  I would not put perrenial weeds in, things like dock, ground elder and so on, as home compost bins don't - on the whole - get hot enough to kill the seeds, and then all you do is spread seeds all over your garden when you use it - not pretty!  Add eggshells, crushed to help them break down, chop cauliflower type stems as they are big and take time, dry leaves, add some water if it doesn't rain, and turn regularly - a heavy job that I cannot do so as others say, add your lawn trimmings in small amounts with screwed up paper and so on.

New turf

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:50

No, not for quite a while yet, the poor thing needs water and rest - daily water if you are having no rain, and to be left well alone to allow the roots to grow down into the soil you carefully prepared for the turf before you laid it.   It can have a very gentle high as possibe cut in about 8 weeks to get the plants to bush up and make the grass thicker.  It is a mass of baby plants with their roots cut offf, be kind to it if you want it to serve you well for a long time. 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:47

...there probably is!  It does seem that there are alot of them this year, our roadside verges are heaped high - must get out there and gather some soil for the seed trays.

You can do things with noise to make them dislike your area, open plastic bottles in the holes make a nasty noise they don't like - there are commercial mole scarers too - don't know how effective they are against the gentlemen in velvet, It used to be said that moth balls dropped in the holes made them dislike that tunnel too, but as you can't get moth balls any more that's no good - maybe ammonia or something like that?

Hope someone knows more for you about this. 


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:42

aha dove, you would recognise my non lawn then, full of all sorts of flowers, little violas, bugle, speedwell, cover, bits of falling over geranium, daisies, but no dandelions, the one I cannot tolerate!  Still gets mowed, now and again, and is still low enough to sit on and enjoy but no greensward - couldn't do that anyway bcause of tree roots. 

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