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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

solar or not

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:53

Solar panels are guaranteed to last 25 years, the inverter which turns DC in AC is guaranteed to last 10 years. We did ours under a govt scheme (14 panels) and sell back any unused power. We get about £1500 back but we got in early as I don't think the pay is as good as it used to be, but if you are a big electric user its worth doing. Make sure to get quotes from 3-5 companies as the installation could vary alot. We don't regret getting ours done.

I have a young smoke bush

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:48

Leave it alone, I don't do anything to mine. You can prune to a shape before it starts sprouting next year.

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:44

 From my OH, Garlic is best ignored, it needs to suffer. Don't water or anything. It will sit there for a while and then when its had a frost it should kick into life. These are the 2 things my OH grows every year.

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:42

From my OH, at this time of year they will be slow to ripen. If you want them to ripen they need heat and sun. It is not unknown for them to take up to 2 months to ripen fully this time of year. We currently have some ricottos that have not ripened yet and have been full size for 3 months now. So you can wait or you can eat them green.


seed swap

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:38

Don't worry about it gran, something for us swappers to look forward to.


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:56

I've got one in the ground for 5+ years now. Its 'sheltered' by other plants though it does get frosted on its edges. Its survived 3 bad winters of snow in Rickmansworth, a known frost hollow.

help please as regards my dog

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:52

If you have to give oral fluids in a syringe, I know with young children they say you give from the side of the mouth to avoid choking.

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:11

Hi Jess, not Hendon Crem by any chance? If not, this is one I go to on my dad's anniversary, and there are now alot of graves that are planted up with mixtures of perennials and annuals. The ones I noticed a lot were geraniums and also pelagoniums .

shed base

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:05

I think ours is on bare earth, but it is really dry. Under the workbench the floor is gravelled and the rest is paving slabs with gravel around the outside edge. It was there when we moved in and 10 years later is still ok.

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 22:21

I've got 7 I got when M&S halved the price. The 4 on my kitchen windowsill have produced a flower spike 4-5 times in 18 months. They seem to do flower spike, leaf, flower spike, leaf, though I have one doing both of these at once.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Green tomatoes

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

Moses in the bulrushes

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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
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