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Left over gutters and pipework

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:23

Very interesting ideas Grant

I would want to divert rainwater to a storage/holding tank to give me control over the watering - I think just diverting rainwater 'as it falls' towards the plants might end up with some very boggy conditions in the winter months, which wouldn't be good.

There's a way of heating greenhouse/polytunnels by having a water storage tank in the middle of the greenhouse - this heats up in the sunshine during the day and radiates heat at night - I've never done this but if I were you I'd be researching it - there's stuff on the internet - certainly a way to reduce your heating costs.

Good luck

Tomato feed

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:54

Tomato food promotes flowers and fruit so it will be fine for courgettes, peppers, runner beans etc.

Veg that are grown for their leaves will need a different formulation - I use chicken manure pellets and an occasional dose of liquid seaweed fertiliser.

Planting wild flowers in a previously heavy weeded area?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:27

I've dealt with areas like that in the past and turned them into 'garden'.  It'll take time and a bit of hard work, but it can be done. 

Spray thoroughly with weedkiller containing glyphosate.  I'd use a knapsack sprayer to deal with that area properly.  Wait until it's all died down and is brown - probably about 3 weeks.  Then dig over the area thoroughly removing any roots, large stones etc.  Leave fallow for 6 weeks - if more weeds appear then spray again and repeat until no more weeds appear. 

While all that's happening I would be sowing and raising your own plants of perennial wildflowers in pots.

Then you can dig and rake the area again and sow or plant your wildflowers. 

Always remember that weedseeds will arrive on the wind so you'll have to keep an eye out for weed seedlings and hand-weed them out, or you'll have the same problem all over again.

Good luck


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:10

Good morning Fidget    Have a good day!

Yes, we've got steadier rain now, but it's not what I'd call 'heavy' - I've still got the door to the terrace open so that I can hear the birds and they're still hopping to and fro on the lawn

Advice about fig

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:07

mutant tulip leaf/petal

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 06:58

Frannerz - some sunflowers are perennials and don't flower the first year - that may have been 'the problem' with yours.


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 06:52

Good morning all

Well, the promised overnight rain didn't happen.  Faint drizzle is just beginning to dampen the terrace. 

I hope we get the rain we were promised - the pond needs a top up and the water butts are almost empty, not to mention the perennials I planted yesterday will need a drink - oh, and the broad beans are thirsty too - if we don't get a good downpour I'll have to give them a soaking .... and I need to spend a day doing some h*******k

Two Pots

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 06:42

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' -  beautiful scented flowers from early spring through to autumn - all that needs doing is dead-heading and feeding, then cutting back after flowering.

Trees from Seeds.

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:16

Maybe you could commission Kew to do some research on behalf of your company

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 20:06

BL that sounds fantastic - so glad the weather held for you - the garden looks really lovely. 

We had a French day here in honour of your garden - Pernod, lemon and tarragon chicken with braised lettuce and peas. 

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