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suggestions needed please

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 09:22

Hi, firstly, I apologise for all  the questions I am about to ask but they will help you get a better answer and therefore (hopefully) a successful outcome. 

How much sunlight does the area get? What part of the country are you in? Is it sheltered? Do you use the drive for the car as shrubs will go out as well as up - how much width are we talking about?  How far out from the fence have you excavated? Sometimes a lot of rubbish is found at the base of a wall or fence but further out  -18" the soil might be of much greater quality and any plant would have a much better chance of survival. 

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 09:13

In my opinion there are several things you need to take into consideration. Firstly, how big is your garden? How much will you compost? If you have a large garden a couple of daleks will not be enough. (I have 6!) If you have the room and someone to help you can recycle pallets into bins effectively and have several side by side - one to fill, one composting, one ready to use.

To me one of the most overlooked questions when talking about composting is the siting of the bins. We want them out of the way, yes, but we also want them in the sun. The heat generated by the heap and the extra heat from the sun (plus turning the heap) will speed up the whole process.

I am very happy with my daleks - easy to access at the bottom, you can set them on wire mesh to stop vermin accessing them (never had the problem) and I turn them by twisting an old fork into the mix. They are not permanent and therefore easy to move if you fancy a change or realise siting was a mistake. They are also reasonably cheap to buy or to acquire for free on freegle or having sharp eyes when a for sale/sold sign goes up  

I use an open pallet type bin for my leaf mould which works well and put a pallet on top intially to stop the leaves blowing away.

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:59

Hi, as Landgirl suggests I would remove the curled leaf as it looks as though it could be infested by insects. I would leave the others in situ. At this time of year a lot of leaves will be in poor condition and your plant may well drop them before producing more in spring. However, they are still helping your plant through the winter. With the shortest day not having been reached yet we still have a long way to go...

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:26

 Good idea Alex!

However I wouldn't start your sunflowers off so early as they are likely to become leggy and weak without a good supply of natural light/heat. Spring time would be better as they will grow on at a greater speed and vigour with the longer day length and be protected by your cloche when you plant them out.. 

Coke put down a toilet in a hard water area will dissolve the limescale, I believe...

Camelia

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:19

   Lots of good advice at the link below. Hope this helps!  

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=327

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 17:44

Well, would you believe it - went ahead and bought GW mag/calendar this morning and I am really pleased with it. The inside pictures are lovely and it is bigger than last year's....and when I get home from work this evening, what's waiting for me in my open porch, none other than a Countryfile calendar an unexpected but welcome present from my Mum! Bigger and glossier than GW but has already been said not free.

I have no excuse for not knowing the day of the week next year!! 

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 18:47

Ooh! Interesting comments. I only saw the cover of the the calendar in the mag and

assumed that the rest of the pictures would be the same quality - the phrase, never judge a book by its cover comes to mind     Maybe I should take another look as I

was happy enough with last year's one. Facts about Countryfile calendar also noted.

Thx

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 18:07

I no longer subscribe to GW but always make a point of buying Dec. issue for the calendar - except this year! Firstly, I couldn't find it - no plastic bag or cardboard band around the mag, erm.. its inside, part of and  attached to the mag. itself. Secondly, what a disappointment - paper quality is poor and therefore the picture quality is poor. I'll be spending my money on a decent calendar instead...maybe I'll go for a Countryfile one  - its for a great cause and I assume is good quality. Any experiences?

Sorbus hupehensis

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:08

Yes, they will be the last to be touched - reds, oranges and yellows go first and fast.

http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/gardens-wildlife/gardening/plants-fruit-seeds

The bit below is from the link and mentions your tree...

It is not just native species that produce fruit taken by birds. Introduced species and the cultivated varieties of native species may also produce suitable fruit. There has been a fair amount of debate over the different cultivars of some berry-producing shrubs (including those in the genus Sorbus) and how attractive they might be to birds. Since birds have been shown to use berry colour as an indicator of nutritive rewards, it seems sensible to assume that the differently-coloured varieties of these shrubs will differ in their attractiveness to birds.

Ornamental fruits whose colours are not widely replicated within native fruits (for example white – seen only on Mistletoe) may prove less attractive to birds. This could explain why white-berried forms of Sorbus remain on the tree for so long.

camellia

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:02

A stressed photinia?

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