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Growing plants in winter?

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 20:38

Good advice above.If I were you I'd plant up some bulbs for indoors and out - hyacinths, daffodils etc. Lots of places are selling off their bulbs at the moment and as long as they are firm you still have time to plant. Then you can watch things primed to grow at this time of year do their thing! It gives you a reason to look forward to the dark days of January - watching the shoots and then the buds and flowers of crocuses, snowdrops, early daffodils...You can take cuttings - look on the GW page for 'what to do now; then there are all the jobs we 'never get around to' which will give you a head start when spring does get here.... 

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:37

There are a few jobs you will have to do but siting your pond in the right place should help cut some of the jobs down.Your pond will need some sun but full sun all day and it will have a lot of evaporation and you will have to do a lot of topping up - how deep do you intend it to be? Using a floating plant like a small water lily will help shade the water from the sun, oxygenating plants will help keep the water clear.Siting it away from trees will mean that you won't have to net it or spend a lot of time scooping out leaves.

You will have to do routine maintenance on filters and lift out the pump in winter...but I'm sure the pleasure you get from a pond will far outweigh the hrad work in making it.

Sorbus (Whitebeam)

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:25

Mine didn't flower either this year. The only thing I can put it down to is the weather. The acorn and beech nut formation also failed this year and again the weather seems to be the cause. Looking on the bright side (I hope) the tree has had a rest and lots of water so here's hoping for a bumper crop of flowers and berries next year - weather permitting! 

car tire planters

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 11:30

Whay a lovely photo - too late for an olympic ring display! Depending on the diameter of the tyre you could probably set in a self watering hanging basket in each one - making it easier to change the display and water too. Or you may need to put in a base using odd bits of wood to give support and the set in a pot or old compost bag with holes and fill idea how you would go about cutting them though. I also think a chat with your local, friendly tyre fitter might be in order to turn them inside out using his machine/tools!

tree disease

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 11:19

I have had two horse chestnuts die over the last few years and the advice to me was even when dead leave them standing as they are a good source of food etc for many birds, creepy crawlies...unless they are unsafe, in which case have them felled. Mine have gently toppled over (into my neighbour's unused garden - I didn't push them, honest!  ) and are lying covered in ivy gradually disintergrating and providing homes for all manner of animals.

Has anyone received their November 2012 issue yet?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 19:13

Mine came today too!

Has anyone received their November 2012 issue yet?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 21:12

I haven't got mine yet.

Talkback: Planting spring bulbs

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 18:39
Some years it is nigh impossible to dig the soil deep enough to plant bulbs due to dry weather. I have had the pleasure of planting lots this year(dwarf narcissi and alliums) without the usual hard work of getting through bone dry soil! Every cloud as they say...looking forward to a beautiful display in spring.

raised beds

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 19:03

PLP - are you sure it was bindweed? The only plant that I know of that would affect insurance is Japanese knot weed.Convolulus is not a serious threat to foundations whereas knotweed can be!

castor oil plant

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 10:20

Oh, this thread has made me smile and demonstrated why we use Latin name for plants!! 

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