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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:42

Here in the east I shall be getting into the garden earlier than usual as the forecast for later is not so good - I'm sure I can find things to do indoors in the afternoon if need be - I've got one and a half Christopher Lloyd books to read 

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:40

SchlumpfLouise - don't lose heart 

What sort of seeds/plants are we talking about here? 

I don't have a greenhouse, only a wooden version of what you have - I've not started any frost-tender seeds yet as in the past I've found that the contrast between night and day temperatures has been too much for them - I plan to sow my tomatoes, courgettes etc this week - they'll start on the kitchen and diningroom windowsills and it's not until they're too big for those spaces that they'll go out into the mini-greenhouse.  

I find that because of the confined space and restricted air-flow  in a mini-greenhouse the variation in temperatures is much greater than in a conventional greenhouse and you cannot get the same results.  The mini-greenhouse is more useful if used more like a cold-frame than a greenhouse.

Vygies/Ice Plant

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:27

Hi Khakibos - as Artjak says there are several plants commonly known as Iceplants in the UK.

Do you have the latin name for the plant you want to grow?

I'm wondering if they are Mesembryanthemums

in which case yes, they'll grow here after the last frost - sow them under cover with frost protection and plant out at the beginning of June, earlier if you're in the milder south-west of the UK.

Down in Cornwall and West Wales a similar-looking plant known as the Hottentot Fig - Carpobrotus edulis - is so successful it is now regarded as an invasive species and legally cannot be planted in the wild in the UK 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:23

Good morning chicky 

I can't get to GC todoay as the car's still at the garage - they're waiting for a part  - probably just as well, I was there x3 last week 

Blossom Tree Identification

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:20

To post pics on here you need to click on the green tree icon in the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:01

Good morning Clari   Lovely pics - like the boots and the clever cows with aqualungs - like the gardening pics too 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 06:52

Good morning Jo 

At a guess, if the canes are about 3ft, then they're probably autumn fruiting ones which will fruit on the canes that are growing at the moment - nothing to do except give them some sort of structure to stop them flopping all over the place, a sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone, a mulch with manure or compost and ensure that they don't dry out.  

Next Jan/Feb cut all canes down to ground level.


Human irrigation system

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 06:38

Mike, so sorry to hear that - as Salino has said I do hope they've caught it early - I know from a friend's experience that there are various options for treatment and the outlook can be good.  

We will be thinking of you and sending positive thoughts. ((hugs))

New garden help identifying plants please!

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 06:30

I don't think I can offer any better suggestions than above - but from the snippets we can see it looks as if you have a lovely garden -  full of potential - enjoy 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 06:24

Good morning all   Overcast but mild out - hope it stays fine and mild - I've got things to do out there 

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