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Composting through the winter?

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 07:33
We keep adding to the compost bins throughout the winter. We have also dug out a trench where we put the been row and started filling that with kitchen waste and paper ready for moisture retention next year.


Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:36
Mine too. I just dead head and hope the weather improves. Far too much rain for the dianthus this year.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 17:45

It's so nice to look out onto the tulips at this time of year.


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 12:47

Some very lovely sunset shots here. I especially like this last one byMarshmello.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 08:30

I was advised to just trim the stem on one of mine as I normally cut it down after flowering. I was delighted to find a new bud appearing shortly after and am now enjoying this plants second flush of lovely flowers. You know what I will be doing again......


Posted: 10/02/2012 at 08:15

I only have 3 Phalaenopsis but I would love to have more as the flowers once they arrive last for at least 2 months. They aren't really too difficult to keep healthy. Mine are sitting on an east facing window ledge in my kitchen and when the roots begin to look pale I put them to soak in a large bowl of aired rain water, with a little orchid feed added, for about 30 minutes. I then allow them to drain any excess water onto the draining board. The roots gradually turn back to a green colour.

 You can get them quite cheaply if you don't mind buying them out of flower and waiting to see what colour they turn out to be.

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 08:48

Hi Julia, it must be very exciting starting a garden from scratch so to speak. You must have muscles on your muscles with all that digging.......I bet it will look brilliant this summer.

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 08:45

I agree with AliP. I have moved and split mine countless times over the years when the foliage has died down and before the new growth is showing through the soil.

Talkback: Growing citrus plants

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
I wasn't sure when to prune my Calamondin. I was afraid of doing it harm as it's flowering and fruiting well but getting leggy. This is easy to follow.

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
I was surprised to read that sunflower oil can work. I will try that this year.
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