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orchid-seed

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 00:39

Thanks waterbutts and fidgetbones. From my limited knowledge of orchids I understand the point made by fidget regarding mycorrhiza which is why I was so suprised at the plants appearing in pots with bog standard compost.

orchid-seed

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 23:48

I like to grow summer flowering bulbs in pots and have a collection of such pots in one particular area of our garden, all pots being topped off with grit. 3 years ago what I assume is a self sown orchid became established in one of these pots, it appears to be a pyramidal orchid which currently grow in a meadow 200 metres away from our garden. Since then a further five plants have appeared in adjacent pots, I assume self sown from the original plant, four of these 6 flowering this year.Seed pods are developing on these plants and I would like to try to produce plants from the seeds myself rather than rely on self sown plants appearing as and when and where. Can anyone provide advice as how best to sow the seed please.

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Growing potatoes in bags - Advice.

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 23:56

Thanks Pineapple & Mandy. Latest update, I grow successive sowings of pulling carrots in 12 inch pots. Who would have thought a full grown cat could fit in a 12 inch pot !!! 

Potatoes

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 20:20

Hi Jen, as a result of the incident previously described in "Growing potatoes in bags" I unfortunately have no choice but to start now and as chica says what have you got to loose. One point I would make is that quite often you find that those spuds that are still on the shelves at nurseries have chitted in their bags sufficiently enough to go straight into the ground/container. Good luck to us both.

Growing potatoes in bags - Advice.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 23:54

Thanks Big Ed, I will give citronella a try and let you know what happens. My only concern is if it doesn,t work I will have wasted another possible crop, unless I don't tell my wife if it fails !!.Long term perhaps a combination of the 2 methods might be successful with a barrier such as holly as suggested by fidgetbones (thanks) or hawthorne.Wild-Gardener and KEF, hope my warning came in time.  

Growing potatoes in bags - Advice.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 00:38

A warning ! Yesterday morning my wife called me outside into the garden wanting to show me something she had noticed. Whilst looking through the kitchen window she had seen the head and shoulders of Smudge, a stray cat we are taking care of at the moment, sticking out of one of the bags in which I am growing potatoes. Yes, he was using it as a litter tray. Despite my assurances that before any spuds are ready for using the bag will have been thoroughly watered through over several months my wife has decided that this crop is not destined for our table. We were running a little behind time for getting to work so I decided that I would fill the other bag with a layer of preventative twigs on return from work. Too late ! When I came home the little ***** had performed in the other bag as well. Protect your spuds with a suitable layer of twigs or perhaps plastic mesh over the bag .Mayhap I have discovered a new flavour for crisps ! Look out Walkers !.    

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 00:15

Thanks again Alina. I am new to the site and it is reassuring to know that such excellent advice is available and so quickly.It will be interesting to see if I am able to supply advice in return.

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 22:18

Thanks for the advice, that will keep me busy this weekend. Alina W, sorry to take advantage of your knowledge but should I use any particular feed ? Thank you.

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:29

Could  anyone help please ? We have a tired pyracantha hedge about 8 feet tall and 4 feet deep which has many thin branches. It is growing against a mesh wire fence. There is new growth on all of the branches but only on the last foot, the remainder being leafless. I would like to thicken up the growth and restrict the hedge to a depth of about 18 inches. In this stage of its' life would it be possible to cut back the branches to achieve this. Would it survive such a drastic prune and when would it be best to do this.What after care would be needed to ensure survival and long term, what pruning regime should be employed to limit the growth but still achieve flowering and berries. Thank you.

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orchid-seed

How to sow. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 00:39

Growing potatoes in bags - Advice.

A salutory tale. 
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Last Post: 23/05/2013 at 23:56

Pruning pyracantha

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