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Wilting plants after transplanting

Posted: Today at 17:15

Any seedlings which have germinated now will probably benefit more from a good light source rather than heat to stop them becoming leggy.

I think it is usually experience which tells you when to prick out and grow on but if you are unsure, you could wait until they have 2 sets of true leaves before you disturb them. You can either prick out individually or in clumps of 3 to 5, grow on and then take it from there.  

Not very technical advice I'm afraid but may give you an inkling

Garden incinerator.

Posted: Today at 16:54

Enough dry "brown" waste would hopefully give you sufficient to include a bit of damp grass to get a good fire going.

The downside with these incinerators is that unless you are burning stuff frequently, lots of small "people" tend to make it their home and so you have to clear it out before starting your next fire.  

Too many make the mistake of loading the incinerators with damp stuff, leaving it for a while and then attempting to set fire to it.  This method usually leaves the neighbours coughing and spluttering as the fire just smoulders rather than burns.

Morning Glory

Posted: Today at 16:42

You can pinch them out but as you suggest, leave them to get a bit bigger.

You probably sowed them a wee bit early but that won't necessarily hurt if you have strong plantlets to put in the garden in a few weeks time.

They can be quite rampant and will require some strong support to get the best out of them

Onion seeds

Posted: Yesterday at 17:01

Easiest thing is to transfer into individual cells once germinated, and grow them on from there.


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Much depends on the actual framework......if it is robust you can usually choose whether to bolt and concrete ( much better if wind is an issue ) or take the covering down below and bury with soil.

Like most things, the better the initial framework, the less problems you are likely to encounter.


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:13

Would you work for free ?

Yes, plenty do.....I think they are called Volunteers and you can find them in most sectors of society

And yes, giving things away for free is also an activity some of us indulge in

Not having a personal dig - I imagine all of us are ready to do a good deed every so often - Clari for one seems to do more than her remit requires and I doubt she is alone.

Don't know about Big Girl Panties......sounds a bit bizarre to say the least


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:17

The black Bamboo is probably the best for your situation......thin and airy and likes a dampish shady situation. Fairly quick growing IME but whether you would want to plant directly into a border is somewhat questionable. ?

I have mine in very large tubs which I disguise with other shade loving plants planted around them. They look good 4 years on but that is a short time scale I admit.

If all else fails, you should be able to sell your bamboos in future and retire on the proceeds

Friend or foe?

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 15:29

My RHS En. of Plants shows P. americana as having green leaves and looks exactly like the plants I grew from Nutcutlet's seeds ( and exactly like the ones I used to have round my pond in France ).  The encyclopaedia doesn't list P acinosa but I will look at Kitty's link later.  The leaves of mine certainly didn't resemble the bluey/green shown in whoever's post ( ? ) and the plants were not as lax - all very upright.  

I like them and they fill a nice little patch at the back of my pond.  I'm not tempted to eat either the leaves or the berries - which is perhaps the reason I have reached the age of 27 plus  

Mind this day and age I should perhaps be considering sueing Nutcutlet rather than being extremely grateful for her generosity 

I sometimes think too much information is more likely to shorten your life rather than ingestion of toxic/poisonous plant material.  I know it happens but rarely.  Take care, be sensible and no problem.

Farm Shops

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 14:46 should contact Trading Standards and report them

A number of farm shops which started off in a basic shed some 10 or 15 years ago selling truly local produce have now become very similar to Plant Nurseries which have evolved to sell anything remotely connected to "gardening" ( and quite a lot which isn't ! ). I can think of several examples ( both food and plants ) within a 20 mile radius of where I live.

There are some which have refused to go down that route but will find it difficult to compete realistically with those which stock ever more bizarre food products without changing their name to something which actually reflects what they sell...

OTOH, the frozen food chain "Farm Foods" probably says it all.    

As if the day couldn't get any better.........

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 14:17

Not only that Kitty but I saw the first Newt of the year in my pond yesterday - well, 2 actually

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