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Posted: 17/01/2014 at 18:47

Stacey - i had just done my own googling and concluded wesselton - and your picture confirms - like little fairy skirts ...

problem trees had their tops removed today.  OH was here and says they look ok considering - guess i will see in the daylight tomorrow.  Most important thing is i can now stop worrying about them crashing down everytime the wind goes over 10mph.

came home to find a pack of 50 free tete a tete bulbs.  Need to decide what to do with them.  Will probably plant up in pots for this year, and put into the ground next autumn - good idea???

silly question time

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 07:55
I put the bigger seeds - sweet peas, cosmos, morning glory and the like- straight into the loorolls. I water from the top and when they are ready plant the whole thing out, cardboard and all.

Smaller seeds i germinate in little seed trays, prick out into larger trays, pot into individual 3" pots and then plant out in June. Hope that helps James


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 22:35

Fun weekend Clari - don't forget the before, after and during (particularly the digger) pictures

silly question time

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 22:33

I do the same with insides of loo rolls - but i don't need 400, or i would have to call in reinforcements

exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 21:57

Weird coincidence - heard about the one in Nuts link on last weeks GQT, which i played in the car on the way home this evening.  A lady was trying to move it from next to her front door because it smells like a dead sheep that has been left there for a couple of months.  Yum !


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 06:38

Morning all - only 2 days til the weekend!

does anyone know when the GC's start stocking this years seeds?  Went to the GC on Monday and it was only last years stock on sale, and very limited choice.  Had to ensure it was not a wasted journey by investing in a half price winter honeysuckle (smelt sooo good, it had to be rescued) - which is currently on trial in the courtyard to see if the deer will leave it alone.

exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 06:33

I was going to say Fatsia, but Lizzie beat me to it, so i will second her suggestion!  Its very easy (almost foolproof) and looks like it should be i a greenhouse or conservatory!

Early pruning advised?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:57

I would think the danger of doing it now is if we suddenly get a cold snap, which will knock the new growth back.  If it were me, i would wait .....

Cold frames

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:54

We used polycarbonate for coldframe lids - still going strong a decade later.  You can get edging strips which finish it off nicely too

Essential Tools

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:49

Hi Tracey - i love my Sneerboer tools, but they are pricey.  I have had my family club together for Christmas and birthdays for the ones i have.  

Essentials for me are a hand trowel, hand fork, spade and border fork, and a decent pair of secateurs and some sort of sharpening stone.  I also use a kneeler.

Re renovating a pair of shears - if you can get movement by oiling the joints, and can sharpen the blades (with your new sharpening stone recommended above) then i would imagine they would be ok

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