Mike Allen

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Polycarbonate Greenhouse Spares?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:22

Sadly, this is a problem with metal framed greenhouses.  I much prefer wooden frames.  Might I suggest.  Ebay, simply type in, greenhouse fittings etc.  Then sometimes Wickes carry a stock of bits and bobs.  Also your local garden center, finally  The manufacturer of your greenhouse or a polycarbonate supplier.  Hope you soon get fixed up.

Scarify Lawn

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:14

Grass seed can be sown practically at any time.  Take for instance sports fields and pitches.  Don't cover the seed.  Gently rake over the top of it.  You can protect it a bit by stretching some polythene over the seeded spots, support the sheeting on shrot canes.  Remember also, the groundsmans quote. Two for the ground and one for the birds.  Ref; to the amount of seed sown.

Hanging baskets

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:07

To be honest.  I'd wait a bit longer.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 23:06

Thanks folks.  Being as some questions arise relating to house plants.  Watch this space.

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 23:01

Friends.  Believe me.  I really do mean that.  As my profile lists.  I have been in this game all my life.  I have studied, I have taken chances.  Guys and dolls.  Enjoy you hobby, your past time.  Believe me, even after all my efforts.  Mike is still learning..  Friends.  Please ease up.  Don't get too technically involved.  Enjoy your hobby...please.

Moving magnolia

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 22:47

Hi Wadie.  So sorry but, what is the fosse septique police?  How come they or it is dictating to you about your garden?  I have no idea asto the legal system in your locallity.  In confidence.  As a legal individual.  Take a tip from me.  Firstly.  Delay.  Present as many arguments that you can imagine.  This will not only give you time, but it will also allow your subject time to finish flowering and to begin entry into the next stage of it's life.  From hereon, I have to guess.

  If your plant is five years old.  Well let's say, that is as long as you have had it.  Botanically I would suggest. Your camelia is at least eight to twelve years old. Nevertheless.  It is probably around one to one point five meters high, and possibly about one metre in diameter.  Forgive me please.  Why all the commotion.  This is not much more than a pot plant!!!??


Please can you give me more details.

should i prune

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 22:35

Sad to say.  So many gardeners get confused with, 'cutting back' and pruning.  Pruning usually applies to reducing the upper growth of a rose in particular.  In most cases, this has become the custom.  Starting around late October onwards.  In general the genus Rosa is as it might be said, is going to sleep for the winter. Although the past couple of years, our weather has contradicted what has been a lifetime's practice.  For instance.  This year.  Mid January, seveeral of my roses were bursting leaf.  Now I have several with flower buds.  To be honest.  I haven't even started to prune  Basically the idea or practice of pruning is to plan ahead.  To examine your rose, ususally to reduce it's height.  Then to form in your mind, what and how you'd like to see this rose in the coming season.  So basically waht you do is to.  Reduce the height and spread.  Getting rid of weak crossing growth.  Then yo watch how things develop.  Time passes by.  Even with flowers, you notice that some branches are gowing the wrong way.  There are gaps at lower levels, especially with climbers. So you 'cut back.'  You take out what is not needed.


Hope this helps.

I'm scared!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 22:19

My dear friend.  Stop worrying.  Gardening is a joy.  There is so much that can be learned regarding creation etc.  To be honest and with no offense.  I think yhou have approached this lovely hobby , pasttime trade with a bit too much OTT.  Let's be sensible.  Get a packet of seeds any kind.  Just chuck them on the ground.  If they are fertile.  They will grow.


This is what makes this forum so great.  We are made up of such a vast range of experience.  Thankfully with gardening.  We the practicers never down grade the less experienced.  Truly in this day and age.  A really valuable outlook on life.

Moving peony

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 22:09

Have to admit.  I have never grown them.  Fantastic flowers.  Actually there is or was a tale/theory.  That a paeony will not flower until seven years have passed since planting.  Like I say.  I have never grown them.  All the best Peanuts.

A test for those with rhodo knowledge

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 22:05

Peanuts old friend.  Great piccys but they all look a bit on the green side.  Strange and sad that R. ponticum has been given such abad reputation over the years.  It really is a wonderful subject, and let's not forget.  It might well be the original source of all our present day Rhod's.  It is fast growing etc, so I certainly wouldn't rule it as a baddy. The successive breeding over the years has resulted in various shall we say, venturous habits of the subject in general.  If you grow it.  Then keep it under control.  Not  such a task.


NB.  For anyone thinking of pursuing gardening to the full.  Often a sneaky question.  When is the best time to hoe around rhododendrons?  DON'T be fooled.  Answer.  You don't hoe or disturb the soil.  Rhodos' are surface rooting.

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