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Low voc paint on terracotta pots

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:30

Given that low voc paints will contain a lower amount of toxic volatile organic compounds than conventional paint, I can only assume that using them is much safer than using conventional paint - that is the point of them  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/feb/09/eco-natural-paints-guide-best 

However, for me one of the important properties of terracotta pots is that they are naturally porous and allow air and moisture to pass through - for some plants, particularly ones that are going to spend their lives in a pot, and for mediterranean plants in particular, I find this to be a distinct advantage as it helps prevent waterlogging of the roots.  I'm concerned that painting the pots may mean that the pots lose their porosity. 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:20

It's good to hear from you Mike - I'm glad yesterday wasn't too bad and that your daughter is accompanying and supporting you - she sounds lovely 

I love your wife's name - my daughter's second name is Rose, and by complete coincidence so is her lovely step-daughter's - how's that for Serendipity 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:13

Good morning all   Yes, it's dry here - the hedgehogs are drinking quite a bit of water from their dish every evening and my farming brother is irrigating potato fields - he says there's plenty of water about 2 ft down, but the roots can't reach it!  I hope it rains here today - it's supposed to, so I put some weed & feed on the front lawn yesterday - the dandelions are spreading to the neighbour's garden - it's a bit embarrassing 

It won't be a gardening day here because we're visiting my Aged Ps then lunching out.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:45

Glad to see you're home and posting Mike  

Hope today's ordeal wasn't too grim ((hugs))

Mirabelle

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:44

Last year the spring was so cold there were few pollinating insects about - has your blossomed this year?

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:36

For tree stumps use this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roundup-Killer-Liquid-Concentrate-Weedkiller/dp/B001DYQ286 

For bindweed and horsetail, bruise the leaves (runnng over with a roller will do it) before spraying thoroughly with a weedkiller containing glyphosate - that will aid the take up of the glyphosate - then wait and wait until the weeds turn brown - that means that the roots have taken up the glyphosate and will die.

Good luck  

Pollytunle

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:28

Cody, can you post the pic by clicking on the green tree icon - we can't see it 

shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:18
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Think the first is Viburnum  - possibly Vib. rafinesquianum 

I recognise the second but brain won't give me a name 

Doh, I meant third, not second - brain's tired - or maybe it's the Sauv. blanc 

could someone ID this please

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:09

There are similarities to some of the hardy geraniums .............. 

shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:04

Think the first is Viburnum  - possibly Vib. rafinesquianum 

I recognise the second but brain won't give me a name 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

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ID please

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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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