Gary Hobson

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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 07:59

I have some very small tomatoes. I'm putting them outside in the greenhouse during the day. to give them a nice dose of sunlight. But I'm bringing them into the house during the night.

The temperature inside my cold greenhouse last night was -2.5. Even with a fleece covering that's too cold for little tomatoes.

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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 06:33

Morning forkers,

Love the cartoon just above. At first glance I thought someone really had made a bunny on a telegraph pole.

Had a freezer last night, temperature inside the greenhouse down to -2.5 during the night...

And temps touched +21 yesterday afternoon. We should get some sun today, so it will be hot in there.

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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 16:09

Good idea - havng a decoy shopper just behind you - to divert the flack coming from following shoppers.

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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 15:49
Rosa carriola wrote (see)

 couldn't find the right store card- then couldn't get bank card out of purse

On of the great advantages of on-line shopping is not having to be in a queue standing behind someone like that.


Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 13:47

There are lots of places you can buy bamboo from.

Crocus have a nice page:

They have litte diagrams showing how tall each plant grows, relative to the size of a person. And also some important comments. For example, under Sasa they say "It should only be introduced if you are prepared to keep it under control, since it can be extremely invasive".

I've bought several bamboos from this specialist supplier:

There are other specialists too.

You will also find bamboos in your local garden centre, and stores like Homebase. The range of plants at a small garden centre will be limited, probably a few plants like Golden Bamboo. If buying from a garden centre, it's best if possible, to write down the names of what they have, and then research those plants on the internet at home, to find out exactly what you might be getting, before you actually buy one.

Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:20
Jess is in the Garden wrote (see)

.. I have an evergreen Golden Bamboo ...

Golden bamboo is Phyllostachys aurea.

The one shown in your photo is tiny. That plant can become huge. Though if you're cutting it back regularly that will control it.

Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:38

There are hundreds of species of bamboo. The best thing would be to get hold of a catalogue, or look at the website of an on-line supplier.

Most bamboos appear evergreen. You want a bamboo that is clump-forming, and not invasive. Most bamboos are clump-forming, but you need to be sure you buy one that is.

Flopiness or erectness is another important factor. Most bamboos flop, to some extent, some more than others. Some people like this. It makes the overall appearance of the plant more graceful. But some people may prefer a bamboo that is more erect. Rain or snow will tend to weigh the long branches down too.

Ultimate height is another key factor. A bamboo frequently recommended on TV progams is Phyllostachys aurea. That bamboo reaches a height of 18-20 feet, and flops. In my opinion, bamboos such as that one are not suitable for small gardens, although you may have a large garden, and sufficient space. That bamboo will grow in shade, and would not be as vigourous.

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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 09:21

Re multiple quotes. You just quote as many as you like, taking care that you quote them in the sequence that you want them. Then paste the whole lot with one paste.

We mentioned Alex Polizzi's program about revamping a garden centre, which was on telly last week. There's been some follow up in the horticutural press.

"Many of the UK's garden centres could be in serious trouble this time next year if they don't raise their game... Many are already on their knees from our last drenched summer and our failing economy, and they will not survive another summer, where the economy at the very least will be miserable... And with big stores like Waitrose just announcing plans to take a big bite out of the sector, this is no time for complacency"

The article recommends similar fixes to those that were described in that program - all about improving layout, services and standards (don't need to know anything about growing plants! )

They'll have poor trade this Easter too.

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Posted: 27/03/2013 at 06:54

Morning forkers,

The same old unchanging dreary this morning. +1 in the greenhouse. Could be worse. Wind has dropped so doesn't feel so bitter.

FloBear wrote (see)

Dean, you look as if you're setting up your own Garden Centre there!

Yes, I was impressed by that.

And especially that industrial-sized heater in the corner. Expect Dean's boss is paying his electricity bill too.

Rosa carriola wrote (see)

It's not only Bunny AWOL , it's Geoff as well (puzzled smiley)


FloBear wrote (see)

Where's Geoff today? I hope his absence note is convincing

Very unusual for Geoff to play truant. Has anyone checked for Geoff and Bunny behind the bike shed.

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Posted: 26/03/2013 at 18:10

Those shopping channel gardening programs are sometimes very interesting.

They often have novel and useful bits of kit, and also plants (roses, lililes and all manner of stuff) from reputable suppliers.

But I've never bought anything by telephone myself.

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