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Talkback: How to grow salad leaves in guttering

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:39

What has subtitles got to do with growing salad leaves???

I don't see any reason you couldn't grow salad leaves in lengths of guttering.  A friend of mine used to start her peas in that way and then move them into the garden when ready.

Horse tail or Mare's tail

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:35

I believe they don't like competition and where there is other strong plant growth they don't do so well.  That hasn't helped me much as I currently trying to remove them from an unused veg plot of about 25' by 12'.  I am actually going over the entire bed, using a garden fork shoved in to full depth and sifting each fork full by hand to remove as much of the growth as possible.  I'm under no illusions of eradicating it completely, but hopefully I will then be able to control new growth more effectively as it inevitably reappears.  I'm fortunate in having light soil which will crumble in my hands and allow me to remove the main growth quite easily.

The plan is to attack new growth, as it appears, by crushing the stems and applying Roundup or similar.

weeds and gravel

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 16:59

Spray the whole area with something like Roundup which will kill down to the roots.  It does take a little time but worth doing first.  Then remove the gravel and lay the weed barrier before replacing the gravel.  After that, any weeds which do appear will be easy to remove by hand.

Repotting an Orchid

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 22:09

It's unlikely that a Phalaenopsis orchid will need repotting after just a few months.  'Looking poorly' and dropping flowers is most likely down to either under, or more likely, over watering.  They ideally do want to be in clear pots although it's not essential.

How often have you been watering it, and how have you been watering it?

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:05

I should add that our soil is very light and the edge of the lawn tends to collapse easily if you step too close.  Even good lawn growth doesn't stop that happening.  That's one of the reasons I'm considering edging of some kind.  Also lawn edging doesn't mean you have to stick with straight borders.  Metal or plastic edging will form curves.

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:59

I'm still considering whether to use edging or not.  Everedge is expensive but has the advantage over Smartedge that it can be set just below the lawn level, so the lawn doesn't need to be completely level.

Any permanent edging is obviously only practical once the border has been decided on as you clearly can't easily change the depth of the border once the edging has been installed.

As for being naff, I really don't understand the comment as either of the options above are invisible once the grass grows.  I don't like the edging options which stand proud of the grass because they make edging difficult.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:52

Thanks for the link.  I think I'll just remain confused for now.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 22:30

I'm obviously missing something but how can 1/4" fittings be for 1/2" hosepipe?

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 18:39

Only Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia), which for some unknown reason I absolutely hate.  The first house we moved into had loads in the garden and I took all the flowers off with a carving knife.  I went through the garden like a demented swordsman.

I can't stand the smell of hyacinth, but don't dislike them as plants.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 22:51

I just hope Daniel sticks with dancing.  The thought of him breaking into song is really too much to bear!!!

Discussions started by KT53

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2016 at 22:14

Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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Last Post: 28/01/2016 at 21:24

If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Last Post: 03/01/2016 at 22:46

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56
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