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Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:26

My summer regime for the orchids has changed slightly this year because we were going to be away for 2 weeks in late June / early July.  I bought a large gravel tray and filled it with small pebbles then filled the tray with water and stood the orchids on pebbles.  They are out of the water but getting plenty of humidity as the water evaporates.  Stood in shade and now sprayed about once a week when I'm bringing the hose back in from doing the pots in the front garden.  Most of them now have new flower spikes and those without have newe leaf growth.

I cut the flower stems back to a couple of nodes above the base and that works well for me.

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:35

I'm with Hester.  I can't stand mangetout or petit pois.  Give me fresh peas with a bit of body to the every time.  The only veg I like really small is new spuds.

I agree you shouldn't leave them to become massive and stringy, but too small they haven't really developed any flavour apart from extreme sweetness.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:40

An acquaintance of mine thinks he's losing the plot.  He has his own landscaping business and in the past couple of weeks has managed to give a customer the wrong account details to pay by bank transfer.  He doesn't know how as he read the details off his card and is now out by £1500 unless the person into whose account it was paid agrees to pay it back (apparently he is under no obligation so to do).

He also bought a pallet load of paving blocks and didn't realise until he started to take them off the lorry that he'd bought the wrong ones.  He can't take them back because the packaging had been removed.  He's going to use them to re-do his own drive now!

petrol strimmers

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:33

The £50 Qualcast on the Argos site claims 35 minute charge.  That will be to totally dead battery so I would expect the power to be dropping by the time it's down to half charge so guess 20 minutes usable power.  I know battery power drop off is less linear these days so that may be a slight under estimate.

If you are thinking about gettin a spare battery check out the prices before you buy.  A work colleague got a 'bargain' mower from B&Q or Homebase a couple of years ago, with no battery.  The cost of a battery actually made the total cost higher than the original selling price!

Phyllostachys Aurea

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:22

I can only assume that ground conditions play a major part in whether or not bamboos become thugs or not.  It's a conversation that's been had many times on this forum but I have both aurea in nigra growing in my garden and had no problem with either.  They must have been in 20 years now and still form a large clump.  I do get the odd runner appear but either just break the growing tip off when it appears or mow over it.  No problems for me at all.

If you are do want to grow bamboo and are concerned about spread then get a rubber dustbin, cut the bottom out and sink it in the ground like a bottomless pot.  All the runners from my bamboo have been within about 6 inches of the surface so a decent bin will certainly contain them to a great extent.

Bargain shrubs

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:01

One of our local garden centres has an area for reduced plants.  They are simply past their flowering period but in great condition, as are all their plants.

petrol strimmers

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:59

Check out the 'multi-tools' on the Ideal World TV channel.  They have strimmer, brushwood cutter, hedge trimmer and chainsaw combo's at very reasonable prices.  I got one a couple of years ago and they really are good quality and value.  Not too heavy either, although I am a 6' bloke.  I genuinely believe my missus could use the strimmer although she shows no desire to prove my theory

Duckweed Eradication - Any experiences?

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:54

I have to confess that after several years of total duckweed coverage, despite using every method known to man, I filled the pond in and extended the patio.

Garden Design Computer Programme

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:57

I've looked at a few over the years and none of them have been any good.  I'm sure the pro stuff would be, but anything I've seen for the amateur has either been almost impossible to use for curved borders etc or the shapes available don't overlay properly so you can't show tall shrubs over ground cover for example.

I think your best bet to avoid digging up herbaceous that has died back is canes with labels on them!

Everedge steel lawn edging?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:38

I had previously suggest the plastic edging from B&Q.  Both my local places have stopped stocking it

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

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Clear timber preservatives

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Spring bulbs lifted from pots

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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

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What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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