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vermiculite or perlite

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 08:50

By 'topping off' I assume you mean scattering on the tops of pots after seeding.  If you put plants outside, that poses the risk that it will blow away so I always use fine grit for that.

I'm in a quandary -

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 15:50

We converted a summerhouse to a greenhouse simply by replacing the roof; it's of wood (red cedar) construction.  I've left it unheated since we've been here (3 years).  Last year I decided to sow seeds from my hollyhock, penstemon, lupin and aquilegia (I did it as soon as I collected them, I didn't dry them out or anything as they appeared to be dry enough).  Once sown in the pots, I scattered the tops with fine grit then kept them watered, cutting down on the watering as winter came in.  All these were left in the greenhouse throughout the winter  - in fact, they are still there.  And all of these, without exception, are now growing well (around 6-7 cm high) and I will have loads to put out in April when it's warmer.  If they grow outside and they are perennial, then it stands to reason that the seeds will quite happily grow in an unheated's really shelter from hard frosts and winds that they require until they grow up a bit.  After all, Mother Nature provides a self-seeding mechanism for these plants and She doesn't baby them at all!

vermiculite or perlite

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 15:40

I've used both with no different effects using one over the other.


Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 11:46

We clean out our water butts (3) every year.  Remember also to clean the lid thoroughly and to ensure that it fits snugly.  We don't use any chemicals or organic materials to clean them, just a good scrubbing brush and a strong hose and we've not had any problems so far (almost 4 years).  The water butts are attached to the shed and greenhouse gutters and these are kept clear, my husband doing the biz once a month, particularly in the autumn, winter, as we have a lot of trees around.

What's in your potting shed?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 12:29

What's in there?  You mean apart from the humungous, huge, hairy beasties that I promise to help my husband with in the spring and autumn, only to run screaming down the garden at the sheer speed of those 8 legs all working in concert...doesn't bear thinking about (I've since heard about conkers and managed last autumn to get the inside ringed with them at floor level.  One to 2 weeks will tell me if it works or not!)

Office plant suggestions please

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 12:25

Easter and Christmas cactus...survive all sorts of atmospheres from steamy to air conditioned, and seem to thrive on neglect.  Then, when they flower, they are gorgeous for many weeks.

fushia big one

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:07

Hardy fuchsias are the best!  Over the years I've cut them back early and late, I've moved them at various times in the year - and they've all survived.  Even if a 'mistake' causes the shrub to be a little thin, weedy and few flowers one year, do it properly the next and it will take off once again.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:06

Checked my seedlings in the greenhouse (all gathered in the autumn from hollyhock, delphinium, aquilegia, etc.).  Emptied my kitchen compost and stirred the bin well. Checked on my new leaf container (handy having a hubby with DIY skills!) and stirred that too - mulching down nicely now...then gave all the garden plants a good talking to.  Shall read all my January back issues of GW over the next couple of days.  As garden centres are now 'destinations', we'll probably visit a couple of the next few days - the ones with the best coffeeshops! - and get some more ideas.  Ain't life grand?

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:55

When we moved into our house in Canada in 1992, the previous occupants left behind 2 African violets.  One lasted about 10 years before finally expiring.  However, the other flowered 3 times per year until 2011, when we moved out.  The next occupants didn't move in straight away so I gave it to another neighbour to look after until they did.  When they moved in, it was in full flower and I advised her where in the house to keep it.  I am told it is still going strong...probably around 25 years old by now!

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:50

All the usual suspects:  blackbirds, a thrush, a cheeky robin, pigeons, collared doves, blue and great tits, long-tailed tits.  However, great excitement today...the windowbox, now full of blue pansies and ivy, is being seriously investigated by a wren.  She's been backwards and forwards a few times today, and spends a little while burrowing around in there.  I fear the spring windowbox may be a no-no this year and I'll have to wait until after fledging to replant if she does decide that this is a 'des res' in wren terms!!

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