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santa's growhouse

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 18:22

Santa brought me a growhouse for Christmas, hooray. I have a small back yard in which to site it (and I really mean small, inner city terrace style small). My realistic option is to set it against the back wall. This faces south, but the back wall of the house is not too far away. It could go against an east facing wall, but I wasn't sure this would provide enough sun for long enough. The whole yard is surrounded by buildings and so is quite damp in winter. Midlands situation geographically. Help! Also wondered what kind of things I could grow in it/use it for. I am pretty much a novice at this aspect of gardening.


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 13:36

So glad to ome across lots of twisted Hazel admirers. Mine has been in a terracotta tub for many years (probably about 15), I guess the tub is around 20/25 inches in diameter. I prune the straight branches as soon as I see them. Being in a tub, it doesn't produce many nuts, a handful each year, but then, that is not why I grow it. It does, however, suffer from scale. This does not seem to reduce the palnt's vigour though, so I tend to leave well alone. Last year it had a spurt of growth and has given me some fressh, bigger and longer, twisty branches to gaze at. I love it when it has a covering of fresh snow, magic.

paper pots

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:39

I tried making my own pots from paper this year. The pots were fine, but strange mushroom like growths appeared on the side of the pot and on the surface of the compost as  well. It wasn't the compost, as the seedlings in ordinary plastic pots did not suffer. Has anyone else come across this? is it likely to be dangerous?

evergreen solutions

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:12

Thanks, I like the idea of ferns. LOve Azaleas, but a bit to formal for my garden look. Will also investigate Sarcoccoca

evergreen solutions

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 13:16

I have a tiny inner city garden, split into 4 sections. I want something evergreen for one of the sections, shoud I think hedge, or will I lose too much plantintg space? Area is approx 7ft x 5ft, triangular. Whole garden faces directly North / South, so this section is shadiest part. Plant must not have poisonous berries. Also can't afford too much height (3-4ft maximum);garden style is 'cottage' Help!

Feeding blackbirds

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 14:46

We had the same problem - woodpigeons and magpies. We bought a seed tray which had an adjustable canopy over it. You can set it to the height for the size of bird which you wish to feed. Magpie did try knocking it off the pole to get at the food, but I think it just ended up with a headache.

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santa's growhouse

how do I use one? 
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paper pots

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evergreen solutions

Suggestions for evergreen hedge(?) for tiny garden 
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