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Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:23

Have you given them a bucket of water each week. ?

Even established plants have been struggling these last few weeks.  What little rain we have had here has not even penetrated.  Try scraping a branch  with a thumb nail to see if it is green underneath.

Do these need repotting?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:22

If they are pepper plants, they need a pot each. I would put them into 5 or  6 inch pots to grow on.

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:20

No Tootles. I will not plant mine out until the next bank holiday. End of May is early enough. Cold nights are common here until 1st June. (Sandiacre)

Put them out in the day and bring them in every night. You do not want them to get too lanky and weak.

"Fishing" Waders

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:12

Check out the second hand sites for a dry suit.

Plant identification

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 22:27

I think it is an Echeveria (Debbie or purple pearl?)or possibly a Graptopetalum which is related to the Echeveria. Not hardy.


Posted: 12/05/2017 at 20:22

I've just been out to check and as usual they have no label

The nectaroscordum  do not have the  same leaf arrangement.  The leaves do not smell of onion or garlic.  The bottom leaves on mine  now have fine yellow streaking on , but this may be because they are bone dry under the eucalyptus.


Posted: 12/05/2017 at 20:13

I've got some new allium bulbs that are looking exactly like that. A week ago I thought the leaves looked pretty, sort of twisted, but no sign of a flower bud. Now there is a fine pointed bud. Not at all like purple rain or sensation, which are about to flower.   They should be interesting at least. I think they were a replacement for something that was out of stock, so I look forward to the result.

Not well Eucalyptus tree

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 20:07

You can cut it down like you would a buddleja. It will regrow each year and you have a bush of fresh new  leaves. ( the flower arrangers love them)


Posted: 12/05/2017 at 08:59

The tree will not grow, the roots cannot grow without any leaves up top to provide energy.  It will take a number of years for the trunk to rot.  Just chop off any roots you find while digging. The plants will have impoverished the soil, so if you want to grow fruit and veg, you will need to add compost and fertiliser etc.

Plastic Greenhouse

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 07:27

Good advice , Mike.  My 14 yr old nephew started with one of these last year. By autumn he wanted a larger greenhouse. He now has a 6 x 8 .  I think he is a late developer. I started with a corrugated plastic  6 x 8 at 10 and had a glass 8 x 16 when I was 14. It's in the genes you know.  Also a bit addictive. But then that's a better addiction than standing around on street corners up to no good.

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