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John Harding

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Rose help please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:39

Previous comments seem sound enough to me but feeding with Miracle Grow every 10 days? Could be you are a). using the wrong fertiliser and b). giving it too much too often. Miracle Grow (I think - [not one I normally use I have to say] ) is a nitrogen feed. This will like as not put on plenty of foliage but not encourage flowering. Try switching to a dedicated rose feed but follow the instructions carefully - too much can be as detrimental to the plant as none at all.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 22:23

Wow, you certainly know how to make use of a small space Bev. Very colourful.

Kitchen Units For Sale Gloucester

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:05

If everyone responded to these spam adverts just to tell them 'I've seen your advert on GW forum and No! I really don't need a kitchen in my garden' it would tie their telephone lines up for hours and they wouldn't be getting any 'genuine' calls. They would soon get fed up with all the 'nuisance calls'

Even better, call and make an appointment to have the new kitchen measured up, then when the sales people arrive show them the garden and ask how they intend to plan a kitchen in the flower bed or on the lawn without damaging any plants and it still being 'fit for purpose'

When they say kitchens don't go in gardens the obvious reply is 'then why advertise on a garden forum?'

Darn pigeons

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 07:52

A dummy Pergrine Falcon perched up above the garden somewhere is a brilliant deterent to pigeons but you need to move them occasionally or they get used to the fact they never move. A few years ago a Gloucestershire farmer tried placing two wires across his fields and had cardboard cutouts of Peregrines attached to them. It made local news but the farmer when interviewed on 'Points West' [our local tv station], said how effective it had proven to be; the silhoette was all it needed.

green house

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:03

It depends very much on the size and quantity of glass you need. 4mm horticultural glass is the norm but fragile. If the GH is aluminium you will also need clips to secure the panes. If wood then you will still need some 'S' haped hooks to stop panes sliding down the channels and good old fashioned putty and glazing brads.

Acrylic sheets are lighter & far more durable and may be cheaper in the long run as you will be less likely to have breakages. Where to buy?: check out eBay if you have an eBay account. standard 2ft panes have an equivalent metric size of 610mm square so dont be confused if you see 2 ft, 24" or 610mm as sizes - they are all the same!

Alternatively, work out how many pieces you will need and ask a glaziers if they can do you a deal

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 17:32

I've been growing roses on & off for over 50 years and as long as you don't break up the root ball I would say dig a hole a bit bigger and deeper than the whole bucket, add some John Innes No 3 to the hole to raise the level so that when you sit the rose in the hole the height will be right. Mix a little Fish, Blood & Bone to the No 3 mix,(just a small handful), and if a rose has grown in that spot previously add a little mycorrhizal fungi ('Rootgrow' - available from most Garden Centres), make sure the rose in the bucket has been well watered then carefully remove it and plant in the hole without disturbing the rootball (or as little as possible). Backfill the hole with John Innes No 3 and gently heel in all around the plant to firm it in, then give it about a gallon (5 litres) of water.

I would recommend you wait until the present hot spell has subsided though, as no plant will relish being disturbed in this hot weather.

I just re-read your original post & realised you said you had it in a pot about the size of a bucket. I then got to thinking about the shape of the pot and how easy it would be to remove the rose from it if the top turned inwards. I was glad then to see a pic of the rose in its pot (it's beautiful isn't it). It will drop out of there with ease and very little disturbance to the rootball so you should be fine with it.

Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:06

I've had similar with one of my 'Country Taste' tomato plants: just a few on one plant which I've picked off and discarded. All other fruits on the same & adjacent plants seem to be fine. I have 3 varieties in my greenhouse. Red Alert doing very well indeed; Country Taste also doing well except for one or two mentioned, and Apero. The Apero have plenty of foliage but not many fruits. I have 3 plants of each variety but the Red Alert seem to be intent on growing tomatoes for England. (Yes I know FG, but yours are growing tomtoes for Scotland!).

MOB rants

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 15:42

Tape recorders seem to be being phased out these days so can be difficult to find, however if you have an iPod or similar you can buy a small microphone to fit it and the quality of sound reproduction is very good. iPads have a microphone built in and a camera so you can record in video. A lot of modern digitalm cameras have a 'movie' setting which will record sound and video. A lot of mobile and smart phones also have the ability to record in video - so there are a lot of devices around these days that can do that job: you may not need to buy anything: just use what you have. John H

phantom gardener

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 23:43

Birds frequently sow seeds in the garden - with a little fertiliser to start them off!

New name wanted

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 23:35


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