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Sweet peas

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 11:09

Yes - keep pinching them out so that you have bushy plants.

Harden off in late winter/spring and plant out. Sweet peas are really quite hardy, but if they've been growing undercover all winter, they need a bit of protection when you start putting them out. It's rough, wet and windy weather that's more of an issue than frost, but if you pop them somewhere sheltered that's perfect. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails as well,  while they're little. It's that time of year when they're particularly attractive to them. Nice new soft growth.

Keep plenty of ventilation in the greenhouse too, so that they just have minimal cossetting 

Pruning a fatsia.

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 10:37

I'd leave it till spring or summer. Cold weather after pruning can do a bit of damage to any new growth, and that can be avoided if you wait till it's a bit warmer. 

You can remove stems right back at the trunk, if they're looking a bit rough. I do that quite often even through autumn and winter as they're unsightly.

Tall pond plants

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 08:51

As Liri says - you can put a planting basket on some brick or an upturned pot. I have Equisetum (had it in several ponds) and it makes a good vertical. Mine is on a shelf (as it's a marginal) but you could easily site it in deeper water on top of something. Although related to horsetail, it isn't an issue at all. 

Mine is in an east facing site, and I'm also in Scotland, DC. It doesn't require lots of sunshine to keep it happy. 

There's a dwarf bullrush available, but I haven't grown it so can't comment on what it's like. 

I know it's boring but...

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 08:43

I think you can get oxygenators all year round - pretty much. It'll depend which ones you want though, and where you get them, how they've been grown etc. 

Look forward to seeing your progress photos Ddot. Your requirements will be slightly different from most of us as you'll need good, level access etc, but it won't stop you having everything required for a good wildlife pond.  

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 08:37

Morning Joyce- we were posting at the same time 

Congrats to Liri - and lovely pic. Some of the snow has gone from lower slopes, but still plenty around. Might head Glenshee way tomorrow.

Hope you get enough damp to give the ground a good soak Pat  

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 02/12/2017 at 08:15

Morning Dove/afties Pat. I've been awake a while but watching Guitar Heroes at the Beeb. Mr Petty was on it.  

I have a pot of coffee on the go Dove - you're welcome to some more to save you getting up.  I don't often have it, but fancied a cup this morning. First morning with no frost since Monday so it feels positively balmy at four degrees  

I'll have a read back - I see you've had a bit of the wet stuff though Pat. 

Nice little fairies chicky, thanks  - I couldn't see them before. 

I know it's boring but...

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 17:30

Bit small - it wouldn't work the normal way  

Oops - opposite - not sure how that happened! They started as little jpegs in my post, but got a bit big when I posted it  

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I know it's boring but...

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 17:27

OOh err Lyn....   

I know it's boring but...

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 17:02

I could have written that post!😀

I used this liner, brown side up as not so glary as the black.


i also have a  Buddlea the problem’s not with roots but with the leaves falling in, OH is going to have it out this winter. The main thing is to put a long piece of wood right across length and width and use a spirit level or else it looks awful. 

Just in case it's not as Bob says (although that sounds most likely!) I've copied Lyn's original post above, DDot 

Roots aren't a prob, just leaves in autumn - that goes for any other deciduous planting you might have close by. You can net it, if the pond isn't too big,  or get a longhandled net to reach any debris . 

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I know it's boring but...

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 14:27

I have the same liner as Lyn, and have used it in the past too. As far as I know, that other pond's still there 

My pond here is tiny, and I've used it black side up, but I think it's easier with a small pond as faras the colour's concerned.

Buddleias shouldn't affect it in any way. The roots are quite shallow. 

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