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I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: Yesterday at 19:50

Nutcutlet..........I think you are right.......liner or preformed .no plastics like sunlight so always best to cover up when possible.

Is it just me or do others think Steve should post a pic of himself and husband by the new pond ? Just as proof that no one was buried in there  

Forum Rules?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:30

Green Mountain........if you are a commercial organisation, I believe advertising is not welcomed as such.  This particular forum is really for amateur gardeners.

If in doubt , might be a good idea to contact GW to check what you can and can't do.


repotting trees in pots and shrubs

Posted: Yesterday at 19:24

BeaJ.............if your trees look happy in their pots at the moment, leave them other than making sure they get enough water.

If you think they are pot bound now, you should get away with repotting in slightly larger pots at this time of year.

The Olive may be the one to be concerned about.......if only a young tree, you would be better to keep it frost free this year (in a cold g/h if you have ? ).  Other than that, protect the pot in frosty conditions so that the roots aren't damaged and if really cold, fleece the tree too.

The other trees you mention are hardy in the UK but in pots, you need to remember they are more vulnerable to the weather............i.e.  hot and dry or freezing cold.

Talkback: Elephant hawk moth

Posted: Yesterday at 18:44

Hmmmm.....I haven't seen any either........seems like you are hogging them all David

I think they are beautiful altho they never fail to remind me of those stuffed jobbies they used to sell as draught excluders........


Posted: Yesterday at 18:34

Much depends on when you start the toms..........too early and the plants get "drawn up" and the first truss will be higher up the plant.  In a decent summer, 6 trusses on outside plants to ripen on the vine is feasible.  Personally, I'd be disappointed with only 4 but as Steve says it can also depend on the variety 

Talkback: Pimpla hypochondriaca

Posted: Yesterday at 18:22

I think on the whole, women are much better with insects and creepies in general........we're nosey enough to want to know what they are and a proper ID can be a bit difficult when they've been squashed beyond recognition.

I can remember my first ever holiday abroad ( well, if you can count S France as abroad these days ).......the little apartment I rented turned out to be a veritable wildlife zone.  My particular favourite was a Scorpion which seemed to inhabit the living area.  I'm afraid to say by the time my week was up, it was under the impression it was headed for the Cannes Film Festival as I took so many pics of it.  Right profile, Left profile, full face etc.

Forty odd years on, I'm still as nosey


White choc cheesecake

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 20:18

Bekkie...........sounds scrumptious.........just as well OL is on hols now tho

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:57

SViolet........Yes, I agree about the Sage...........I don't know whether different types make a difference re their habit............I must admit I've found the variegated one (sorry...senior moment...can't think of the name ) is better behaved than the Green or Purple.  Seems to stay more compact and easier to manage

Thyme Dying Off

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:49 can't really divide Thymes as such.....they grow from a single stem .The mounding method is simply to get the plant back into growth in the centre. 

Cuttings are really easy but if you don't fancy trying them, you could just take one long growth, scrape a little of the stem and then pin it down into the compost.  It should root if you do it soon ( i.e. weather still warm ).  Once you see new growth coming check for roots.....if they have developed, snip off and pot up.  But cuttings are easy......just take as many as you can, pop into a pot filled with light, gritty compost and they should take at this time of year without a problem. 


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:38


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