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New and having problems

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:29

Welcome, though I am sorry to say I cannot be of any help to you with your IT issues, I assume you've tried the 'settings' button top right of this page?  If that doesn't help maybe contact the web site?

Anyway, welcome to the site, lovely to have new people join it the chats.  

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:26

Lavender and roses - yummy - can we really believe that is going to happen?

Seedlings in greenhouse

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:25

At this time of year you get tiny little black and green keel slugs in the greenhouse, they are a bigger problem than any other slugs in the garden  -  they are very picky about what they eat - usually the most expensive or precious things you have!!  As someone else says, nothing else leaves that slime trail - keep looking, they are there, probably under the top inch or so of the soil/compost, under leaves - hiding away to destroy where they can.

Cloche/mini greenhouse made out of bubblewrap

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:22

If you use bubble wrap alone it will keep out alot of light, and we are now at the time of year when as much light as possible is needed for your plants.  Try the builders merchants if you have one near you, for someheavy weight clear plastic, sold by the metre, then fix it with strong parcel tape or duck tape.  It is worth putting bricks or something on the ground bars it to stop it blowing away, or use the pegs sold for rose arches to fix them to the ground.  If you have a hedge or strong shrubs nearby you can tie it to those with good string. 

Mind, if you spend that much on it, you might want to wait and save up for s small cloche or tiny greenhouse made of wood or aluminium - some are not expensive if you add up all the bits you might need to keep the one you have grounded and watertight.  

My first Hedgehog inhabitant

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:17

How wonderful.  We used to have one but he/she has gone elsewhere or didn't make it through some heavy winters.  I'd love to have some more, they are so good to help get rid of slugs as well as being a charming additon to the garden. 

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:53

Close planting helps for support, twigs and sticks from prunings, wire meshes when young - looks awful for a few weeks but soon disappear.  Some things lying abut loook lovely anyway. 

Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:51

1 Medium

2 Several water butts, from house, shed and greenhouse

3 g when ever possible, but sometimes an outside tap for cans too.

4 Can't imagine doing so unless completely out of other water, when woud only water urgent things, baskets for example

5  1 - 6 inclusive

Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:48

Jess, grey water is bath water, washing up water etc., it can be collected, stood to clear and then used on the garden.  Don't keep it in big containers as it goes yucky then.  Don't use if you are a big fan of scented and oily bath products.  It is fine for just about anywhere, and has saved many a garden in hosepipe ban & drought conditions - which are hard to imagine after last year but will doubtless appear at some point. 

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:44

None of my 65 - 70 hostas are showing yet, but they will - in fact I do hope they will wait a day or two as I hope to clean and redress their pots this weekend!!

Dead seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:43

I have used peat free compost for several years now, and the only thing that I would say is that you have to be very careful about watering, it does not quite soak as the old composts did - but with care it works perfectly well, unless you get a batch that is contaminated with bad rubbish.  We have found wire, bits of rubber, brick bits and all sorts in it, so it does need sieving for seeds and baby plants.  I mix it with a good loam compost for special seeds or young plants, when it is fine. 

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