Latest posts by KT53

Pond - Preformed or Natural

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 21:38

A liner is far easier to install than a preformed pond.  Even the heavy duty fibreglass ponds are a pain to install because to the problems of levelling and backfilling.

GW 22nd June 2017

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 21:35
Obelixx says:

Did not understand Monty planting a tree fern given that in a normal winter his garden is cold and gets flooded.   Don't see the attraction myself as it seems to me the foliage is practically identical to native ferns that can cope without coddling.

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 Monty has the time and space to be able to lift many delicate plants in the autumn and store them in frost free environment over winter.  Many of us don't have that luxury.  Personally, I like to be able to put a plant in the ground and have it continue to thrive on neglect (Just joking, but only just).  I really don't want to worry about lifting and storing, then replanting each year.

Drip irrigation system

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 21:31

If you have a tap from which a hose can be run to the greenhouse, I would suggest the Hozelock irrigation system.  I use one for pots and baskets, but it would work well for a greenhouse too.

There are systems which use gravity feed from a water tank, which might be more practical for a large greenhouse but I don't have personal experience of those.

Decking & tree stumps

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 22:09

As Doghouse Riley said, a conifer stump isn't likely to throw out any shoots so you can simply put the decking over the top of it.  I wouldn't even bother drilling holes in the stump as the effect will be minimal given that the decking will cover most of it.

As long as you realise that some people are extremely judgemental if you even consider doing something they don't approve of you'll be fine on the site.  Welcome aboard.

Holiday distress

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 22:05

Other than watering now, but not drowning them, there's not a lot you can do.  We have invested in a Hozelock automated irrigating system for our pots and baskets and it has been worth every penny.  We have about 30 pots and 3 baskets fed by a single system and it works beautifully.  One of our neighbours used to water the plants, but he was totally inconsiderate and went and died!  As people would have to go through the house to get to the garden, there isn't any other neighbour we have enough to do with to trust in that way.

GW 22nd June 2017

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 18:02

That garden is smaller than mine, but I wouldn't consider it small by modern standards.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:38

Wednesday here was unbearable.  Thermometer in the shade showing 34 C and high humidity.  Thursday cooled somewhat and a bit of a breeze, but temperature in the house still 25 C.  Our house is normally great for staying cool in summer and warm in winter.  The problem comes once the heat does build up because it then takes time to cool back down.

Cooler still today and with gusty wind.  At least I should be able to get out over the next few days and get the garden sorted before we go away on holiday.

Help needed

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:34

The blow up ones will have to be deflated and stored somewhere frost free in winter, and you'll have the issue of how do you empty it.  Don't underestimate the weight of the thing when it's full either.  I'd give very serious thought to just how much you will actually use one after the initial novelty has worn off. 

Pot Stand Quandary

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:30
Tanty2 says:

Thanks for the suggestion but I don't want feet - I need something like a large trivet - plenty of holes in the design for drainage, just with no wheels so it won't move.   A large solid rubber o-ring would also do, but I can't find one large enough.   Cheers

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 For whatever reason you seem determined to spend a lot of money when you can do the job yourself for pennies.  I understand not wanting feet, in part due to instability, but short pieces of 2" x 1" timber can be laid to form a circle of whatever diameter you need under the pots and will be completely stable.  There will also be small gaps to allow excess water to drain away, something you wouldn't have with a solid O ring if it's on a hard surface.


Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:24

I generally go along with the argument of 'buy the best you can afford' but the special offers from the likes of Aldi & Lidl shouldn't be discounted too quickly.  Both have developed a reputation for providing very high quality for the price.

A totally different area, but a few years ago one of their computer offerings beat competition costing 2 or 3 times the price.

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