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Edging for beds

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:09

Our borders are curved & we set in granite setts.

Although square themselves, as they're quite small they follow the curve fine. 


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:18

I think it's another name for sciarid fly. Tiny little black flies that love the surface of wet peaty compost. 

I hate them & have had them on houseplants in the past. There was a soil drench that worked for vine weevil & them on the market, but I think it was one of the ones that they stopped selling. Also a powder years ago.

I used to add a layer of sand or gravel to the top of pots & water from below, extremely sparingly. 

I often get them in the greenhouse, but ignore them there. I suspect in large enough quantities they may eat roots, but I've never experienced problems.

So I'd be optimistic if I were you.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 09:20

We've had a musa basjoo for at least 10 years. We're in West Sussex.

It always used to get fleece wrapped for winter & was fine. Then for a few years we didn't bother. The top growth would die off but it would always come back, widening each year with enormous new sections all around the original.

A couple of years ago we started cutting it down to a manageable height for wrapping, this way it gets really tall again each year rather than just mid height & much wider! 

We even had a bunch of bananas grow on it one year! I'm not sure they're edible on this variety, or they didn't get big enough or ripe enough. We didn't eat them anyway.

We lost a red banana, not sure of the variety, but even wrapped it didn't survive the first winter sadly.

The leaves can look slightly tatty when it's been windy but when they first unfurl & are undamaged they look huge & amazing.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:29

I had loads of this in a shady corner, come to think of it I've not seen it this year. Will have to go & investigate. 


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:28

I've never seen so many blackfly as are clustered all over most of my beans, they are still producing though, just a bit yucky to pick! 

Definitely less than usual though.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:35

I've had good results with ones over the years from that Isle of Wight garlic farm too.

Last year they were so bad though that I didn't bother re-planting any of my solent wight, I wish I had now, as the elephant garlic I did keep a few cloves of are doing very well this year. 

I'd say they're a good few weeks, if not a month behind though.



Easy to look after House Plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:55

Forgot to say, leaves turning yellow could be overwatering. Water when needed, ie when it feels really light, or the compost is dry, rather than just weekly whatever. If it's warm it may need more often, if the weather has been cold & grey it may need it less often. 

If not then maybe the wrong light conditions for that plant. 

Easy to look after House Plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:49

Temperatures matter, although less at this time of the year. Our house is really cold & I have tremendous difficulty keeping anything alive. Our flat used to be like a jungle, so I think it is temperature rather than a lack of green fingers! 

Aspidistra & mother-in-laws tongue (there are a few varieties nowadays) are meant to be the hardest for novices to kill. 

Phalaenopsis (moth orchid), is surprisingly very easy. They are usually in bloom when you buy them & those blooms last for months. Easy instructions all over the internet on how to look after them.

Aloe vera I grew from seed survives even through winter in my cold house, just don't overwater, very easy. Jade (money) plant seems almost indestructable. Weeping fig survives just.  

Personally I've always found all palms & ferns very tricky. If you really mist & look after them & have a warm enough house they are beautiful though. 

Rhododendron help

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:31

Not all my rhodies are out yet, everything is about a month behind this year.

I can't look closer at the picture, but from what I can see they could just be healthy buds that aren't out yet. If they'd failed to open I'd guess they'd probably just shrivel up & drop off. 

Don't know about the leaves I'm afraid.

chillie pepper seeds

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:55

Ideally it's really too late. 

I'm in the south & usually start toms & chillis mid March. They go in the greenhouse as soon as the temps are up a bit (with night time heat if necessary).  My greenhouse only gets sun after lunch & in the evening, so I'm lucky if they're fruiting & ripening much before the first frosts!

So I vowed to sow them in January this year, but didn't. So mine are playing catch up.

To a certain extent things do catch up, but I think you might be really pushing your luck. It's not even as if they are that quick to germinate. If you have a really sunny greenhouse & time, pots & compost to spare, so you won't be too cross if they come to nothing, then as the seeds were free maybe you have nothing to lose. Perhaps we will have a very late hot summer, who knows.

I'd probably save them for next year though...

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