ceris hughes

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Powdery mildew.

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 20:06

How much baking soda do you use?

oxygenating weed

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 19:57

I got it,,, I'm not that impressed,,,, It's no defence when the pond freezes over and that's when I loose most fish.  I keep the pump going so that it doesn't completely freeze so that gases can escape, and have seen 3 herons sitting on the ice at the same time, ( a myth that they don't feed together so have dispensed with the services of the hideous plastic heron).  This year I know he has waded in because I noted the oily film floating on the water. So, he either lands right in it, like a harrier jump jet, or he's able to step over the double ring!!

oxygenating weed

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 20:16

All of it unfortunately and for most of the day, it's quite a large area with 1/3 of the area quite shallow. It's been established for 8 years and up until this winter had about 40 - 50 fish, the heron having visited and left only 4 goldfish and 3 quite big koy, so i would have thought the waste production drastically reduced.  I always get green water but not blanket weed. I even spent £500 on a bigger filter and uv unit which does a great job on the green water so miffed now at the appearance of blanket weed!! Is the oxygenator of any great benefit? it's all wrapped up in the blanket weed at the moment!

oxygenating weed

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 23:21

Last summer I put a bucket full of pond weed in my pond thinking it would help to keep the water clearer. This year I've got blanket weed for the first time and think this weed is the culprit as the blanket weed is only around the deep end where the oxygenating weed is. I don't have many plants in the pond, only 2 struggling water lillies, due to vandal koy so thought this would be a beneficial plant that would'nt be of interest to them. It also gets drawn to the pump so daily clearing, but the tiddlers seem to love it so I feel guilty to compost it but I don't think it's earning it's keep, quite the reverse in fact. I'd be interested to hear any views anyone has.


Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:48

I use my lawn moss to line hanging baskets.They last for ages & I just top them up with fresh each year. I put them in a large bin bag and spread it out to the width of the bag, sprinkle of water and compress it before tying it up. After a couple of days, - or weeks,- I just put my fingers down the sides about 3-4" then slide them under to ease out a round pad of moss that almost fits the basket, (should get bigger bags really to get a better fit she thinks  ) then fill in the gaps once a plastic liner, (recycled compost bags cut to shape) and a bit of compost to keep it in shape. If it ever stops raining i'll take a pic and post it here

Talkback: How to take lavender cuttings

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 13:28

I planted some white lavender in my 'white garden' last year and trimed it back in the autumn. As I can never dispose of a potential cutting I tidied  up about 8 shoots (semi-ripe, - thats when the bottom bit of the stem is more woody than green but still pliable, for you new to this stuff   ),  that had not yet flowered, about 3 inches or so, and put 4 around the edge of a 5" pot, and put them in the window of a cold room, out of sun over winter.  i don't think it's the best time to take cuttings but i thought i could either compost them now or later and there is not much to look forward to in the coming months. About half of them took, i dont think i got the watering right, - I neglected to water and then soaked them,- but surprisingly got 3 plants potted up by January, lost 2 but 1 has survived!!  So give it a go novices, expect to loose 90% of your cuttings so when you succeed with 50% you'll be proud of your skills and pass plants on to your friends.  

Save our bees

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 11:50

It's criminal!! Power & money has obviously corrupted basic ethics.  I was always told as a youngster that if all the  bees died the planet could not survive. Anyone else got some words of wisdom to pass on and make more people aware please post them


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 22:12

They were possibly male plants Joy S, thats why they were bitter. After several dissapointments I now resort to buying plants from my local nursery labeled 'Fem 1'.

They are all female so no messing about, - just resist getting one just yet as the weather is still too cold, unless you have constant heat in your greenhouse,- as they are so sensitive to cold. I also protect it from nursery to green house as this can also shock it.  I usually get a crop of 40+ long straight crisp cucumbers per  plant. I've spent the cold, wet and windy past few days getting my cucumber plant bed ready in the green house by digging in some well rotted stable manure and giving it a good drink untill the weather warms up a bit, (then i'll race out and get it!), so the soil should be warm and not too wet.  will try and get some photo's this year and post them. Good luck

Talkback: How to fit guttering on a greenhouse

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 16:50
Would like to see similar projects for aluminium greenhouses. would love to know how to get the bubble wrap to stay up, how to fix up a shelf for bits & bob's etc. Anyone got any idea's to share?


Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:15

I was just consoling my 87 year old Dad who's rhubarb is not looking promising for the second year in a row. During the disscusion it became apparent that this was a piece of root that he had brought with him when he moved 25 years ago.  The original plant was already in situ in the garden of my childhood home where we moved in 1968!! He's never forced or fed it. I've never grown rhubarb so can offer little advice but feel the need to keep it going so plan on taking a piece for my own garden.  

Is there anything i can do before winter? i'd love some suggestions on how i can keep this old chap going,- the rhubarb that is!

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