Lyn


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Soil quality measurements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 13:10

Old gardeners measured the temperature of the  soil with their cheeks, (of the trouser variety.πŸ˜€)


When it wasn't unbearably cold, the seeds went in. 

Plant IDs please

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:36

Once you've got them you'll never be without them, I dug quite a few of mine up last year, just left a few for the bees but there are loads of little ones around this year from self seeding. They're a good backdrop, mine were about six feet tall, but you do have to put canes and string around them. 

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:31

Why go out and buy that for the pond when all you need to do is go out and buy some plants, I bought all my oxygenators from eBay originally, very cheap., that s all you need.


I pull mine out now by the bin fulls and put it on the compost heap, it's amazing how quickly it grows and spreads.  


Gardeners World, like this site, is sponsored by ads and they want you to buy these products, it's what pays for GW. 


Of course companies will try to sell they're products where they can, and what better programme  than that to advertise on. 

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:18

I would take them out from the proagator as soon as possible, then treat like any other plant grown from seed. Wait until they are big enough to handle, prick out and pot up individually then keep potting on until you've got a big plant, as you would buy in a garden centre. Then plant then out. 


They are hardy, mine stay fine all winter. 

Last edited: 07 June 2017 09:18:53

Scaffold Debris Netting - does it block the sun by very much? Other options for birds?

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:14

I used it on my brassicas keeps the cabbage whites off.

plants for hot conservaotry

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 09:11

I can't even keep my pelagoniums in mine through the summer, much too hot, they overwinter well through the winter though.


the other one, which doesn't get quite so hot has a few plants in it, Bird of Paradise, a fig tree, but even then I put both out for the summer.

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:12

I only had blanket weed the flowing year after digging the pond, Dove will remember how I used to go down there and twiddle it out when I was caring for my mum, very therapeutic πŸ™‚


now the weed has filled the pond I never have any blanket weed or green water, its in full sun all day long,  


i think the amount of plants is the key to a clear pond.  I wouldn't use anything in there either, it's full of all sorts of creatures.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 19:04

I'm not exactly sure but I wonder if it could be a Knautia Macedonica.  Probably wrongπŸ˜€

Echium pininana

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 18:58

I am in Devon but still don't get them all to survive. The best ones are the ones that self seed, they are already used to the climate by winter, they are not really suited to our climate, they love hot dry regions. 


They take a three year cycle,  here anyway, don't know about anyone else's, so they are  a long wait, but well worth it when they do flower. The bees love them. 


You do get little ones on the sides, it you leave them, similar to Foxgloves. They make millions of seeds, and they are best left where they fall, they don't transplant well, and as I say, they won't all survive,  you can always pull the little plants out next year if you are lucky enough to have them grow,.

Echium pininana

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 14:18

I leave mine. 

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