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Private Messages

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:14

Used PM for the first time yesterday. When I went into 'My Messages', I could see the received PM, but there was no apparent way to reply. The only options were to create a new message or delete a selected message. I created a new message, clicked 'Send' and was presented with a screen that listed the message that I had just sent, followed by a 'Reply' box.

What is going on? It appears to be prompting me to reply to my own message.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:44

Could I have a few seeds from your beautiful Salvia please, fidgetbones?

Plant ID please

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 20:10

I think it might be Lemon Verbena. I bought one earlier this year at a plant fair at Felley Priory in north Notts. A couple of leaves steeped in hot water for a few minutes makes a very refreshing drink (you might like to add a bit of sugar).

Doh!.... slow off the mark as usual

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:36

Thanks, fidgetbones.

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:17

This is only the second time I have tried dahlias. The first time, the tubers were very scrawny and rotted away to nothing very quickly. What would be a good feeding regime to ensure good sized tubers go into winter store? I have 3 dark-leaved plants from the 'Happy' series and have been feeding weekly with liquid tomato food, plus a monthly boost of liquid seaweed/iron.

Also, I still see comparatively recent articles recommending the use of sulphur-based products to stop the tubers from rotting while in store, but it seems that most have been banned for garden use. Is there any alternative?


Blackcurrant Bushses gone Brown & Crispy??

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 10:36

I'm definitely not an expert, but could it be Currant and Gooseberry Leaf Spot?

See the RHS information page here


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:35

Has anybody used J Parkers wholesale online site? The prices seem very low - as I type this the phrase 'If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is'  is ringing in my head.

Sorry, I have just re-read the thread and spotted the various mentions of Parkers.

First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:26

Always worth a try - thanks. I have spoken to Elite about this. The partition does add some extra rigidity, but I doubled-up on bracing stays, and the 2 wall and 2 roof bars for the partition are way stronger than the basic glazing bars, so if I decide not to use the partition, the remaining parts will still add extra strength.

First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 08:53

David W, thanks for the input. The GH has a 6 inch high aluminium base, which sits on the soil; attached pegs are concreted into the soil and the rest of the structure is bolted to it. I suppose the soil level could be raised throughout the whole GH, which would put the top of the partition base at ground level. Unfortunately, it would create a  6 inch step at the entrance to the GH, so I'd be swapping one step for another. (Sorry, I didn't mention that the GH entrance does have a drop cill).

First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:56

Thanks, nutcutlet. Presumably, you find having the partition useful?

Discussions started by keepitlive

Collapsing Cosmos

Looking generally tired, foliage turning brown and crisp 
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Last Post: 25/09/2014 at 10:00

Private Messages

PM behaviour seems odd... or is it just me? 
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Last Post: 13/09/2014 at 12:56

First greenhouse - partition or not?

I would welcome advice on pros and cons of GH partition 
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Unthrifty Eryngiums

Lower leaves turning yellow, then brown and dried 
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Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

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Is this an Escallonia?

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Cannot send private messages

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Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

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Will chicken wire keep moles out of raised beds?

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Last Post: 31/07/2013 at 19:16

What is this?

Unknown plant appeared last year, now going mad 
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