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sowing seeds problems

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 10:30

As already said it's usually caused by too much wet. If your greenhouse is unheated it may be that there is too little evaporation for what feels like the right amount of watering. Making your compost more free-draining, using grit/vermiculite on top will help. Also suggest that you try watering from below - maybe use some capillary matting rather than misting.

Good luck

Living Walls

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 10:24

Happy New Year everyone!

My NY project is maximising the number of plants I can fit into my 'garden' which in reality is a small ground floor terrace (3ft x 11m). One idea I'm exploring is having living walls. Has anyone done this and/or have ideas on how it can be achieved on a budget and for small areas?

Have looked online but lots of systems seemed to be aimed at commercial sector (so large scale and cost)  - sometimes there is just too much information to know where to start online. I've heard they can be quite high maintenance but given the limited space I have compared to my enthusiasm for gardening that doesn't worry me.

Welcome any thoughts and advice - thank you



Posted: 21/12/2012 at 09:04

There was an item on the radio the other day and the Woodland Trust were talking about trying to spread mistletoe. You have to mash it up with some of your saliva  (to simulate birds digesting it) andthe rub it into cracks in the bark. I'm afraid I can;t remember which trees it prefers - I know it likes apples.

Also they did say it could take up to two years before you see any sign of genrmination as they talked about checking progress each spring.

Good luck

vine eyes

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 07:27

You might find that buying vine eyes, tension fasteners and wires is as much as the tellis  - so check first as it's easy not to realise until you've got to the till or after the event (voice of experience there!).

Pyracantha shouldn't need anything to support it. They usually come on a cane, lean this towards the fence and you should be able to let the plant do the rest.

Sweet peas are fairly light so can be supported on pea netting or using string. Advantage of latter is that when the seasons over you can just cut it all down saving you untangling and pulling dead bits off a more permanent structure.


Posted: 28/11/2012 at 10:44

I would get some advice from a qualified tree surgeon, they should do this for free or a low call-out charge. Just in case it is a sign of something more serious and to check that you will not weaken it if you do cut out the area.

Sorry not to be of more help

New Gardening Business

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 10:41

You will need to get a licence before you can purchase and certainly before you use non-retail products. A local FE college will probably offer courses - I think they are quite short eg day or so.

The RHS or Professional Gardeners Guild can probably advise and/or have information on their websites. Might be worth looking at the PGG is you have gone into business as they may give you access to discounts/members training etc - I don't think the annual fee is very high.

Warwickshire College (especially their Pershore campus) do these sorts of courses, but dont know if that's any good for you re geography but might be useful to look at what sorts of courses you can look for more locally.



Protecting broad beans?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 10:31

A belated thanks for all the advice

Think I might just risk it and see what happens.

Protecting broad beans?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 07:10

We've planted broad beans on our allotment to try and get an early crop for next year. Thrilled to see them all coming up and looking great but am unclear whether I need to protect them or not?I haven't got any fleece so will need to get some if the answer is yes.

Advice in my books seems to vary and I guess the answer probably depends to some extent on where you are so our allotment site is in central Birmingham, but we are quite high so almost level with rooftops in most directions except north-east where we are at 'ground level' with lots of tree protection.



Red Thread in Lawns

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 06:59


It's usually caused by poor drainage and/or lack of nitrogen. So best approach is to improve the drainage - scarify to remove any moss and then spike to aerate (you can add a mix of compost/sand into the spiked holes but simply spiking may be enough). You can hire motorised aerators of you have a large lawn but a garden fork will do the trick.

A feed high in nitrogen will help but NOT now as it is the wrong time of year and could cause more problems later on as it will cause lots of soft growth which will be vulnerable over winter. You can get autumn feeds for lawns which are low in nitrogen and applying this will probably help until you can apply the nitrogen richer spring feeds.

I think there is a spray you can get (RHS site) can probably advise but improving the general health of the lawn will often do the trick and be longer lasting.

Oh and don't compost your lawn cuttings as that could then reinfect your lawn.

Hope this helps


Can you grow Quince as a stepover fruit?

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 13:33

I think quince are tip-bearing and dont produce many spurs so you probably wouldn't get very much fruit. I think they are usually grown as standards or bush trees.

Maybe you could have one in a large container but you might get away with a bush tree

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