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Indoor stylish hydroponics?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:36

Hydroponics has its uses. I know two people using it. One on Christmas Island has  shade tunnels full. They are raised off the ground because anything growing at ground level is eaten by the red crabs They grow tomatoes and other salad veg, because flying in fresh fruit and veg adds ten australian dollars per kilo to the cost. Same cost on Cocos Keeling island (same plane!!!) and so  one of the islanders is starting to do it for the same reason.  Fruit and veg sent by ship can be rotten before they get it.

However if you live in a city, with truckloads coming in to the supermarkets daily, its just not cost effective.

...and nothing beats the taste of just picked home grown(in soil in your own back garden or allotment)


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:24

Someone wanted some different daffs. have a look at Ron Scamps site here

I love the new split coronas he's got coming on.

Poddington, if you are near Harrogate, get thissen up to Harlow Carr. RHS members go in free, there's a Bettys Tea room inside, and if you don't want tp pay to go in the gardens, theres a fantastic plant house/nursery sales bit attached. I've never managed to get out without a trolleyful.   The blue poppies and candelabra primulas in May are wonderful.


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:42

I note they didn't apologise about my pathetic rozanne. Good morning everyone. I must just go and see what the builders next door are up to. The whole house is shaking . Again.

Major boo boo!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:31

0'5 ml is a few drops.  10 x dose probably won't hurt the plant, but as it's systemic it will persist for at least  four weeks. Give it a drench of clear water(probably too late), cut it down for fresh growth. Advise not to eat. If it flowers in the next six weeks, cut the flowers off as they will be fatal to bees.

Euphorbia pruning

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:26

Sap on the skin is far worse if the skin is exposed to Sun. The sap photosensitises the skin.

Euphorbia pruning

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:24

If it's one of the running type,just dig out what you don't want. E. griffithii has to be kept under control this way. Others just form a nice  compact stool. I have a chunk of some perennial wild type emerging from the hedge. It's where my new  raised bed for herbs is going, so it's coming out today.

blind daffodils

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:08

Slugs and snails will eat daff flowers. Encourage a hedgehog. Maybe dove could hire out hefty.

blind daffodils

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:05

Daffs in grass, use liquid feed, phostrogen will be ok. Don't mow the grass, until the daff leaves  have died down.

Bed under north facing wall - what can I plant?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:02

Morello cherry will do well on a north facing wall. 

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:01

Provado systemic bug killer. Spray each emerging Lily  shoot now. It's the best thing for Lily beetle.

For peach leaf curl you need to have a polythene awning or tent over it to stop the leaves getting wet from rainwater.

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