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What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:13

I get worse than -20C and if it comes without snow to give a protective blanket, it's devastating.

What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 16:27

I have to bring in rosemary, sage, thyme and bay or they freeze to death.

A coldframe can be as simple or as grand as you like and made form wood or brick sides and a clear glass or plastic top which can be hinged or just lain on top.  It depends on how big you want it to be and what materials you have to hand or are prepared to buy.

Google "cold frame" and you'll find plans and videos galore.

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:33

GC garden centre

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 14:03

I've bought decent plastic pots in GCs before.  My favourites are a large terracotta look alike with a scrolled decoration and two others which look like patinated copper.  Light to move, frost proof and lasting well after about 10 years.

You can sometimes get special offfers at the end of season as GCs clear stock to make way for Xmas displays.

If you do buy terracotta, it helps to paint it with a clear acrylic varnish in up to 3 coats (not more as it goes filmy) to reduce water absorption and then stand them on pot feet t help drainage.  I would still remove them to a frost free place for winter.

Growing agapanthus from seed

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 11:47

I grew loads form seed on year and was lookig forward to see what they grew up to be as they had mixed parents.  Unfortunately, every single one was frozen to death depsite being sheltered in a greenhouse for the winter.   Fortunately, I gave a load to a friend and his survived as his garden is less exposed than mine.  This was 3 years ago.  They should be big enough to flower next year so we can see what we've got.

Bird food

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 16:17

Fat balls are no good for ground feeders but are a very good source of food for tits and sparrows and, in my garden, one family of woodpeckers.   At the pet and garden store I can buy loose, cracked seeds which don't germinate and th ebirds like them.

Wild life...

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 13:08

I try every time but I can't  get over the ineptitude of some of the presenters out in the field and find Chris P just a bit arrogant though a lot better than bumbling Oddie..   Pity as some of the stuff is new and interesting.    Gave up and changed channels half way through last night.  Won't be trying again till next spring.

Autumn prune clematis?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 13:37

You can look up your clematis on this site - - using the text search facility, and that will tell you the pruning group.  Any in group 3 can safely be cut back now to tidy them up and then pruned back hard in spring.   Best not to do the hard prune before winter as leaving some top growth on means those stems take the frosts and the crown and base are protected.

Any e.g. of Japanese knotweed actually damaging a property?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 17:00

Watch this - It shows it growing through the house............

I would be very very wary and at least ask for  decent discount on teh house as getting it treated can be very expensive, without getting into the costs of repairs if it does invade the house.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:41

I remember a  group of us on the old Beeb boards deciding to grow certain seeds and report back.  Most had trouble getting good germination rates with monarda, cleome and heuchera Metal shades.

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