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Climate versus vegetables

Posted: Yesterday at 23:40

Jolanda, In Glasgow the latest I would sow peas is June.  I suggest you wait until March before planting any in the soil though you could start them off in a greenhouse earlier.  The seeds just rot in cold wet soil.  Over the winter you could work on adding orgamic material to the area and researching which varieties do best where you are.

Newbie lawn Owner Question!

Posted: Yesterday at 21:27

I have never had a lawn laid but know that the rolls of turf and the joints all have to be butted tightly together or the edges will die off.   If I was you I would watch a few videos on how a lawn should be laid then contact your landscaper and ask him to return to put things right.  If that is not possible then you could try filling all the spaces between the turves with sterile soil then keep well watered.

Did you watch the area being prepared?  Is the soil underneath of good quality?  

Orchid help

Posted: Yesterday at 08:03

I've just done quick bit of research online and it seems that those aerial roots are meant to be just that.  They take their nutrition from the air.  I really must learn to read up on plants rather than go by instinct and trial and error.

On the other hand there are loads of dire warnings online about leaving your orchids standing in water yet that is how mine survive all my travels.  

Orchid help

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 23:22

If you try repotting and tucking in the roots that are growing into the air they just rot in my experience.  I am no expert but have learned to leave these.  My orchids bloom for months several times a year, I love each one.

Can anyone help ID this plant?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 22:05

I've always said that the best time to take cuttings and collect seeds is when nobody's looking!

Getting more wildlife into garden

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 20:58

If you need to get cooperation from a neighbour talk up the hedgehog's love of slugs.  I would love hedgehogs in the garden as a pest exterminator.

moss & algae growing on soil

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 20:52

I would dig in loads of sharp sand or fine grit and cover the surface of the soil to at least a centimetr, preferably more.


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 22:57

I liift them, stack them on newspaper on top of gravel in the greenhouse to die back then after a few weeks remove all the foliage, wrap the corms in newspaper and pack them into a cardboard box which I keep dry in the greenhouse or garage.  In the spring I nestle them in fresh damp compost and bring them into warmth.  Best results are when each one is potted up separately but if I have too many I use seed trays.  Once sprouting I top up the compost to cover the corms and move into the cold frame.  The corms get bigger every year.  You can cut large corms but I have lost a few that way so prefer to leave them alone.  Good luck.

Sowing poppies

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 16:15

They will flower earlier and make bigger healthier plants if you successfully overwinter them but it will be summer before you get seed.


Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:32

Korno, A jam jar holds an awful lot of beer........such a waste.  You can use those wide plastic yoghurt pots, much shallower and drink the beer saved.  Incidentally I have discovered that alcohol free beer also attracts the slugs.  Not such a kind death though. 

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