Latest posts by Marinelilium

Too early to plant - NE Scotland?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 15:10
Each of our gardens has its own micro climate so it's hard to advise on exactly when so ......if the NIGHT temperature stays above 10 deg C most plants from our temperate zone will cope if they are getting 10 hrs of light during the DAY (as a rule of thumb).

Exotics and plants not from our temperate zone need 18-20 degC day and night to germinate healthily. Once grown even exotics will cope with drops to 10deg C at night. HTH

Dangerous slippy path when wet

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 14:53
There are coatings used around swimming pools, gangways and commercial workshops that are non slip and can be painted onto stone, cement, wood and plastics. The area you describe Richard would cost about ??75-??100 in product to coat if you did. No idea what professionals would charge.

Patio flaking and worn - how to fix

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 14:15
James have you prized a slab up? The under side, especially if bedded in sand could be in better shape than the delaminated top surface. By flipping every slab over then using a very stiff yardbrush and new grout sand you may stretch the lifespan. If they have cement blobs underneath then perhaps not worth the effort.

Resin coating the surface once cleaned of loose material may prolong the life of the slabs as they currently lay. Good Luck

Do I need a climber or a rambler?

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 19:36
LilyP if you, and any 'sample size' people pass through the archway you might like to consider the very fragrant, pink, thornless Zepherine Drouhin. Mine never suffered mildew because I sprayed it with a milk and water mix (1 part milk to 2 parts water).

It flowers almost continuousy but the big plus is, as you squeeze through the archway with your wheelbarrow or tray full of gin and tonics, you can do so without gouging your knuckles or snagging your jumper on thorns.


Posted: 07/02/2016 at 11:50
Nematode treatment is worth every penny! The nematodes return to the soil when the slugs die and wait for another slug to come along. They don't affect other wildlife or anything creature that eats slugs; some gardeners report that snail numbers may drop too.

OTHER PEST EASY FIX - if you have water butts and are plagued with mozzies then half a cup of vegetable oil floats in the butt all season, even after fresh rainfall, so the larvae suffocate. Old pair of tights stretched over the inlet pipe stops debris getting in to stop stinky decay which feeds larvae and charcoal tied into a stocking will keep water cleaner too.

Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 14:51

The images are perfect inspiration for gardeners on a February day with gale force winds lashing the windows with rain.


Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:24
Wow, that's only a pound for 14 litres!

I did a sums yesterday and found
Aldi's was 75p for 10l
wilko's was 1.50 for 10l
B&Q verve was 1.80 for 10l
Home base was 4.49 for 10l

Wickes do a big bag too but my sums aren't fair because some were in 20l bags but the Homebase was only in a 10l bag. I was just looking at what I could heave into my car. Delivery might be an option at that price.

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:12
Thanks for the 'recipe' philippa smith2. Saves on disappointments if someone has done the tried and tested. : )

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:55
Thanks, will have a look to see where nearest Wyevale is or what the delivery charges are.

I need a fair bit of general purpose compost this year too. Trying to decide between making a raised trug for salad crops or just plonking grow bags on my gravel and found myself asking why patio planters are at least ??3.99, and some ??8.99, when an IKEA shopping bag is 40p??

I can live with bright blue if it saves me that much money!

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 15:45
Any reviews on this season's composts would be helpful. I am hoping to top dress from my compost bins but I have not bought any seed compost yet. Any recommendations? What worked well for your seedlings? After all the rain my sandy soil is in need of all my bin's compost (plus chicken pellets and potash) but buying bagged compost is a lottery some years. PS Heads up..... The soggy bags sitting in GCs and nurseries may also need vented and careful opening if they have soaked up water.

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