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Latest posts by LorraineP

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.

Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 19:37

Thanks for the info blairs, not sure this would work for me. The area where I was thinking of putting the greenhouse can get quite soggy in winter.  Will look into it further though as I like idea. 

Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 10:06

Blairs: so I wasn't so silly about a sunken greenhouse then?  

If it has a solid floor will it need drainage?


Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:29
blairs wrote (see)

Using the sun is the best way but no use during winter. Having the greenhouse in full sun and dug about 1 metre into the ground surrounded by stone chippings, having the floor tiled all retain heat and use the earths heat. A thermostatic fan heater will then keep the heat around the greenhouse.

Blairs, could you give a little more info 'dug about 1m into the ground surrounded by stone chippings'.  At the moment I'm visulising a sunken greenhouse!  Can't think thats what you mean.  Only ask as I am getting a greenhouse this year and am trying to gather as much info as pos so I get the right base laid.  Thanks.

What has happened???

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:07
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Don't go away folks. I'd be lonely now without you all.

Just ignore the crap. I do

My sentiments too.  I'm fairly new to the forum & have been really enjoying the experience.  I would be disappointed if people stopped using this forum.  I have learned so much in a short time and with a few giggles too.     


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 17:26

Thanks holly hock,  will give that a try.  Did try researching online but had now luck finding info on sowing lupin seeds so just took a gamble.  If it doesn't work out there's always next year!  



Posted: 06/04/2013 at 14:37

I planted some lupin seeds, saved from the plants in my garden.  I have put one seed in each small pot.  Not sure where to put the pots, ie in a properator, outside, inside, in a sunny position?  Please would someone share their knowledge.  Thanks  

top dressing for a lawn

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 13:55

Thanks, your advice is much appreciated, Frank and Brumbull.  Looks like my list of gardening jobs is growing  (pardon the pun!) but I'll look forward to getting them done (unlike the household chores).

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