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Prince......inconsolable

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 08:04

Wasn't really a fan but I found it hard to believe. Too young. I can understand how you feel Wonks. I will be inconsolable when my biggest heroes and heroines go - they're all getting very long in the tooth. 

 

Improving heavy clay soil - wet side/dryside

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 07:57

Manure for the dry side too Alex. I know it sounds odd - but clay needs opened up in wet sites to allow for better drainage and manure helps with that, along with lots of grit and compost. In baked hard sites, manure will also help as it improves the structure and helps prevent it going solid. Plenty of extra compost as well - especially when you plant. I know - it sounds weird! 

In addition, putting in planting that prefers the overhead conditions is the way to go. Right plant, right place  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope your little dog is ok. 

Hope ma is ok too Dove. Sad times.

Steve -  I think the earth got knocked off it's axis at the start of this year. Here's hoping it will right itself and we don't lose any more much loved entertainers. The depth of feeling shows how much we think of them. That's a great tribute to their talents. 

doc - why are you thinking of leaving? 

Sweet peas

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:32

Hopefully they will. Wind can dry out small vulnerable plants very quickly.  Some warmth and moisture and they'll perk up  

vine weevil lavi

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:48

Tip the compost out the pots and spread it somewhere to let the birds eat the grubs.

Recycle the remaining compost if you have a bin,or put it in a council recycling bin,  and then repot your plants with fresh compost after checking there aren't any more grubs there. 

Sweet peas

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:23

Cold wind probably. That can cause problems this early in the year, especially if they've been in a protected environment up till now. It's a bit of a shock to them if they go straight out into a more exposed site.

Best time to put peppers outside?

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:21

Plastic greenhouses offer very little protection at night Joe- they're not the same as a proper glazed greenhouse. You get huge variation between night and day temps so you have to be careful about what you put in them and when. Tomatoes need decent night time temps of above ten to thrive, otherwise they'll stall.  Light is important for them so you could put them outside for a while during the day only, and bring them back in at night.

I expect peppers are similar. You'll have to try and judge it - it does depend whereabouts you are and what your own conditions are. 

Identifying plants in a new garden

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 18:43

Ah - pic 4 is clearer now and I can see that it's not little yellow flowers, but yellowing foliage.

I know that I know it - but it won't come to me  

what climbers could i grow

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 18:39

Hi Mrs A - if you have a lot of concrete at the base of the structure, you're really limiting yourself. If you can't get climbers into the ground, it would be best to build some really generous sized planters in order to get a good result. Climbers in particular need a decent amount of root run. Depth is more important than the other dimensions too. 

The area where the laurels are could be a possibility, but only if you have sufficient clear space between them and the structure. You'd have to be very vigilant with watering and feeding (especially till plants were established)  as Laurel will leach a lot of that. 

I'd personally build some decent raised beds or you'll always struggle to get things looking at their best. It can be done quite cheaply with timber  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 18:19

Apologies - nice to see you back Bushman. Hope your health improves  

Looks like tradesman are no better in France than they are over here BL  

Oh - and I meant Prince - as in squiggle/symbol Prince

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