Old timer2

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Fruit tree lichen

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 19:40

Thank you AuntyRach, further proof supporting previous subscribers advice.

Fruit tree lichen

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 18:49

Thank you everyone for your valued replies and for offering the advice re my question. I take your knowledge of the subject on board and will leave well alone. Happy gardening everyone.

Fruit tree lichen

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 21:50

Please can anyone offer advice on how to remove lichen/mossy growth on current bushes and fruit trees. What available treatments would you recommend? Any advice would be appreciated.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 18:03

My grateful thanks to all responders to my original question regarding cable heated bench. I think I now have the gist of what I will do based on your experiences and suggestions.

Many thanks.


Wood ash

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 07:09

Lulu the lurcher.   I bet your brain hurts after asking what began as a serious request.  Yes the ash resulting from burning tree wood/ logs is a natural source of potash so just ignore all the technical stuff, it is totally irrelevant and unessessary. Happy gardening.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 06:38

The whole area covered by the cable is maintained at the temperature you set on the thermostat.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 20:36

Thanks for your interest. The video I followed is on YouTube (Quickcrop) this gives good information. I mostly re used timber so that part of the cost was negible. The initial costs involved were for - pool liner membrane, course builders sand, a sizeable length of soil heating cable with a thermostat. (Parasene are very reliable). You must build a very strong support system though as the amount of wet sand required is very heavy. Sorry I have not provided any photos as they wouldn't help you, currently the bench is fully covered with seedling trays etc. Hope this helps and happy growing.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 19:11

I have constructed an 8ft X 2ft sand filled cable heated bench which I keep moist. Can anyone advise whether to also cover the damp sand with capillary matting to assist in moisture retention within the sand and which would also provide an extra reservoir of water. Any advice and experience of soil cable heating will be greatly appreciate.

Grow lights

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 09:59

Thanks pansyface. How intelligent.

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 09:04

Has anyone else tried a strong solution of Jeyes Fluid ?  carefully applied to the compost only and avoiding the growing plant material.

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