philippa smith2

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Black Friday offers

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 16:00

Forget Black Friday - just think Black Autumn

As raisingirl says, you can pick up plenty of reduced price plants at this time of year because the GC's don't want the trouble of looking after them ( plus they don't look immediately attractive to the average buyer). They will require the space for the inevitable Xmas tat.

If you see something you want and have the space to overwinter or heel in, go for it

Office plant suggestions please

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 15:52

All plants need water at some point.  Perhaps an artificial plant would be your best bet

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 23/11/2017 at 16:48

If you completed the survey and offered some useful insights, all power to your elbow CHIGQ

I'm not sure you need to have had either a university project or background to point out the obvious flaws and offer helpful comments.  

" In 2000 years ago...." - I very much doubt that people were worrying about indoor plants at that time.

As this is a gardening forum, it helps if you at least know which way up the grass grows

First try espalier

Posted: 23/11/2017 at 16:22

If you have the soil composition and the aspect right, you should be ok. Just a matter of looking after your plants according to type.

Have you looked at the RHS for pruning instructions ?  That will help you get things right from Year 1

Counter Clematis

Posted: 23/11/2017 at 15:37

Is that C armandii ?

Mine tends to brown off in a similar fashion when caught by a particularly cold wind but not to the extent of that shown in your pic.

Does look as if it may benefit from a bit of pruning.  Bit late now tho.  However, you could follow down the obvious bad stems and see how far they go before showing signs of life.

Seedling bags

Posted: 23/11/2017 at 15:27

Ask at your local Garden centre or Nursery - they often have an excess of used plastic plant pots which they would be happy to rid themselves of. 

Another alternative is to check your local recycling centre ( i. rubbish tip ). Whilst some have stopped allowing people to take plastic pots which people have brought in and prefer to dump in general waste, others may still have a more sensible policy.

Like Lyn, I have plenty going spare but not much use unless you are close enough to make a trip worthwhile. 

Bay tree

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 17:11

Marta -  if you purchased your bay as a Lollipop, then yes you should remove all the suckers from the base.  It is usually easy to do if you catch them straight away - just pull down. You can still remove the shoot but be aware that more may appear.  Catch them early and it is much easier.

The thing to be aware of is that the Lollipop shape is not natural - as Mike points out it is a shrub and will endeavour to grow as such. 

It matters not which shape you grow for culinary purposes - the leaves can be harvested just the same.  The Lollipop, Pyramid or whatever shape you desire has absolutely no effect on the leaves.  If you have a good specimen, it lends itself to Topiary if you wish to avoid a huge specimen.

Such a waste....

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 16:42

I think one of the differences in food waste these days is that people are, on the whole, much better off and can afford to buy food which they will then ditch without a thought.  Plenty also don't have much idea of basic cooking skills ( not talking Masterchef or other similar progs which are tending towards the silly nowadays) and are therefore unable to concoct  a decent meal from "leftovers" .  

The Use by dates are simply a guide and mostly only applicable to fresh food. Those buying meat and not using or cooking correctly are a different matter - just plain silly.  Why buy fresh food unless you know how and when you are going to use it ?  Whilst I realise not everyone has hours to spend wandering around the shops/SM's ( I don't ), a simple list and stick to it would at least be a starter.  We are all guilty of seeing something on a shelf and thinking "Ooh yes" and sticking it in the trolley but doing that on a regular basis neither helps your budget nor the food waste problem.

I don't understand why anyone would have out of date prescribed medicines unless the person had died during medication.  Surely you either complete the course of medication or the doctor is over prescribing ?

It's unfortunate that food banks can't really do much with fresh food as such.  At least there are "Food Guerillas" who raid the dump bins of SM's - seems they do quite well

Price of turf

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 16:48

seed is obviously cheaper and if you have prepared your ground properly, you may still be in time to do it.

There are several threads and several experts- lawn wise - on the forum  - you should be able to get some good advice on the best way to go 

Bay tree

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 16:00

You would be far better leaving it - it will simply be a new shoot which will grow and help form your tree. At least you know that after it's sickly start, it has begun to enjoy life and is starting to get a foothold. 

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