Latest posts by LorraineP

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.

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. 

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