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Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:19

My concern would be over possible staining of the patio slabs and the reaction of the landlord if/when he discovers what you've done.

Only you know the landlord but it might be sensible to approach him before you do this and even see if he would be amenable to a few of the slabs being lifted and stored safely.  Cost of reinstating the patio would probably fall to you when you leave.

I had to chuckle

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:57

My new GW mag has just arrived and I was having a quick flip through it.

One piece of advice made me chuckle.  It was about ensuring that you don't allow garlic to get too dry!!!!  Not much chance of that this year methinks

Eradicating Horsetail Grass

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:05

This seems to have worked for me - hoe off at ground level and rake up all the bits.  Wait a couple of weeks for new growth and spray with Roundup or similar.  Wait until stems start to go black and hoe again.  Repeat the exercise a couple of times, so takes a couple of months.  Final hoe and cover over winter in weed suppressing matting.

I've checked my garden in the past week or so and it looks pretty clear.  At least if it starts to regrow I should now be able to keep it under control.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 17:21

It seems that everybody has different ideas of how to treat orchids.  All I can tell you is what has worked for me, and we have about a dozen which are now flowering for a second year. This is phalaenopsis type.

I use tepid tap water and plunge the pot in to the water for about 10 minutes approximately every 7 to 10 days.  If the 'roots' are bright and fleshy it doesn't need watering, if they start to look soft they need watering. 

During the summer months I stood them all outside in a bright car port and mist sprayed straight from the garden hose once a week or so.

I experimented with cutting the flower shoot right back and to within a couple of nodes of the bottom.  It didn't really make any noticable difference to the way it threw out the new stems.  Do be careful with the new stems as they can be quite brittle and the tip is very easy to knock off as I discovered .  Good news it that it has since flowered again.

As they are only in their second year I've not had cause to consider repotting yet.

Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:17

I don't understand why you bought the seeds if you thought the price was excessive.  Where are you obtaining the information which leads you to believe the seed manufacturers' profits are excessive?

I tend to look at the price of an item and either decide it's what I want at a price I'm willing to pay or not.  Some plants are dearer than others, generally down either to rarity or the difficulty / time taken to raise them to saleable size.  I imagine the same applies to seed.

Plantsava watering systems

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:16

I've seen systems which attach to soft drink bottles but haven't tried any of them.


One example here

Found lots of rubble under grass

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:12

If it's a new build I would check with your solicitor about removal of rubble from site.  It used to be the case that no top soil was to be removed from site but all builders rubble must be.  Many builders seem to think it's the other way round!

If you solicitor confirms that rubble should have been removed your initial step should then be to contact the developer to sort it out.  If that fails consider the small claims court.

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

Thanks Mike.  Very informative.

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 18:19

I'm planning to shift the main bulbs from the pots into the borders.  Can I just put the little uns in as well or should they be potted up?

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 15:43

I left my oriental lilies in their pots over winter and now, dozens of small red bulblets have started to shoot.  What should I do with them.  I've grown lilies in pots for a number of years but never seen anything like this before.

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