Latest posts by Botticelliwoman

Millstone Water Feature

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 07:45

My friend wants to make a water feature for her hubby's 50th birthday.  We found a lovely old millstone at a reclaimation yard which hopefully will be the centrepiece but it's incredibly heavy (takes two burly men to lift it).  I know we need a resevoir and grid but have no idea what size of each we need and whether or not, because the millstone is so heavy, it would be better to have the grid bigger than the resevoir.  Are there any experts out there with ideas? Quite happy to forego the pebble pool look if there's a better alternative.


who knows a new kind technology can be used in plants speed up plants grow fast

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 11:25

Re what goldilocks says, if you burn a paraffin heater and use artificial lights inside a greenhouse, you might speed things up a bit but I'm at a loss to know why you'd want to.

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 07:19

Is there any way you can grid the deep end leaving the shallow end (if you have one) open? I'm thinking of the wee beasties who might get trapped under the mesh and not be able to get out.  Baby birds, hedgehogs and mice have a tendency to drown themselves if they can't reach the shore easily

is it safe to put seedlings into window boxes yet?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:49

If you can run to it, and there's room on the balcony, the seedhouses with plastic covers are a good stop-gap between indoors and outdoors.  I have a load of stuff out in them at the moment, with a bit of fleece on particularly chilly nights; it frees up the windowsills!

Talkback: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 - herbs for wildlife

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 08:05

be careful with the fennel, it can self-seed all over the place and become a bit of a thug

Fritillaria meleagris

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 08:01

Thanks shell, I'll give that a whirl

Make do and mend coldframes...ideas?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 07:56

Go to your local market and ask the meat/fish sellers if they have any polystyrene boxes.  They usually chuck them out at the end of the day and once thoroughly cleaned (the fish boxes need a good airing too) they make excellent cold-frames.


Fritillaria meleagris

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 07:15

Has anybody tried sowing these from seed?

holly bush

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 07:33

Hi Christine, I have rather a large holly at the back of the border and have noticed that the roots spread at least as far as the canopy so look how far the branches spread and do a test dig.  I have to say though that when I extended my border several of the roots were chopped through and it didn't mind much.


Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 07:28

I pot mine up in the house and keep the compost just moist and I generally get enough shoots to take a few cuttings.  The ones I left in the greenhouse sadly turned to mush.  Give the tubers a squeeze and make sure they're still firm and if they are, pot them up and move them somewhere a bit warmer.


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