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Raised beds with decking boards

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:55

Thanks your advice everyone - its a releif to know my time and week long aches haven't been for nothing  .  

 

Bob - yes it is irritating that websites don't update info.  Good thing you and other 'wise owls' are there and keep us informed.  Thanks for the link.

 

Raised beds with decking boards

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:28

Has anyone used decking boards for make raised borders?  I have started to use them, but have read on this web site http://www.allotment.org.uk/articles2/How_To_Build_a_Compost_Bin.php, "Do not use pressure-treated wood, as it has poisonous levels of copper and chromium, and there is evidence that arsenic can leach into your compost."    The boards I am using are "pressure treated with a copper-based wood preservative".  Could I use them if I line the inside edge with polythene, so that it isn't in direct contact with the soil?  Sorry if it seems I have answered my own question, but just wondered if anyone had used them with no ill-effects to plants/soil.  If they are bad for the garden can anyone suggest a cost effective alternative. Thanks

Seed germination

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 22:04

Thanks Dove 

Seed germination

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 21:45

I sowed some candytuft seeds last week which have just started to germinate.  I didn't cover them with any fine compost/vermiculite/perlite.  The seed packet didnt say to cover them but just wondering if I should have.  Is  it too late?  Will it make any difference?

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 18:15

Red Dahlia, unless you looking forward to experimenting with taking cineraria cutting, I saw in Morrisons today (after a tip off on another thread about fuschias which were £1 each )  they  also had various other plants including a tray of 6 cineraria for £2.  Could get some as 'an insurance policy'.

As for the cuttings I was going to cut the top leafy bit of the stems, take some of the lower leaves off and pot these.  Will bring them inside too - my plants overwintered in a sheltered outside corner.  Also when I have got my cuttings I will cut back the plant to some of the lower new shoots, that are starting to appear and repot it in fresh compost.

 

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 07:15

No I havent RD.  Like you I overwintered mine in order to take cuttings but I read somewhere that they dont root well from cuttings - apparently they have a tendancy to go 'mushy'.  Maybe we should have an experiment and see how we get on?  I get really dispondant if my plants fail that's why I havent done any of these cuttings yet, but it's probably worth a go.  What do you think?

PS: good roots on your cuttings looks like a good sign!

 

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:03

Good luck with the repotting - I don't have a vast knowledge of gardening but have done a lot a cuttings - I'm guessing I'm on the right lines as nobody as said otherwise.  Sorry for dalayed reply bloomin' internet went awol for a few days.

 

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:40

I took cuttings about same time as you RD and re-potted them about 4-6 weeks ago with fresh mpc and all seem to be producing new shoots and looking healthy, but still not really any bigger than original cutting, except my nemesia cuttings which I overwintered in an unheated covered walkway with a perspex roof along the side of my house.  I have pinched them out a couple of times already.  I think Hollie Hock is right about needing more warmth and light but also think some new compost would help.  Hurry up spring?!

Bee spotting

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:47

Think I'll give this a try Cheery, even if only 3% chance of occupation - better than no chance!  Last autumn I came across a bumble bee that has buried its in one of my small cutting pots.  I quickly tucked him/her back in, so could still be there.  I have on a few occasions at this time of year unearthed the odd one when turning the soil for the first time.  My first sighting of a bee this year was today on a sports field near my house, although I did wonder if it was warm enough for it - that cold wind was back today.

Hi from the North East

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 20:30

Hi Mark, I've not been on this forum very long but have found it very informative and quite often has a few laughs thrown in.   I tend to pick the brains of those with more experienced but one day hope to be able to offer some sound advice.  I too love japanese maples, I have one planted in the garden and another tiny one in a pot which I'm nuturing at the moment and hope to include more in my garden as it develops.

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