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East facing lean to greenhousew?

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 10:25

It depends on what you wish to use it for and what you want to grow.  More versatility ( and height ! ) with a lean to than a cold frame but more expensive.  Only you can really make that choice

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:37

My Aeoniums had some Mealy bug early this year.....courtesy of the continuous wet and mild weather.

None were lost tho............remove all the affected leaves and if that leaves you with very little, cut the stem down.  They will regenerate given the right conditions.  I don't have them as house plants ( too big for one thing ).  A cold greenhouse if they are growing in pots seems to suit them.  Dry conditions are the key to keeping overwinter

Carrot problem

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:22

Freezing carrots ?????  Surely not......  Some things you can freeze......others not....carrots is ( are ? ) one of the "nots" IMO.


Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:17

Like the picture Sue but that garlic doesn't look as if it is going to fall into the bowl without some time consuming poking about  Maybe Ikea should stick to DIY furniture

Nandina domestica

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 18:33

Thanks Blairs.......sounds like a consensus......cut back hard. 

Agree about the Mahonia.........that's another tired and leggy specimen which needs attending to.  The previous owners of my garden grew fabulous brambles, bindweed, etc. but stopped short at anything else

Carrot problem

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 18:14

Gemma....storing carrots in boxes of dry sand or soil used to be the way to do it I think.  Similar to "clamping" other root veg but on a domestic scale.  Ask Dove as she will know I think

What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 18:08

Seem to remember a discussion on Ragwort earlier this year.....I don't think there was a conclusive answer about whether it really ever was reportable ( or if it was, that it was ever policed as such ).  I think the Cinnabar moth won that argument

Nutcutlet said "need more species......".  Not got the moss in my "lawn" but beautiful fungi from an old shrub I removed.  I love seeing it flourish in the midst of the green as my other fungi clumps are not so startlingly visible.

Gemma said "keep it that way ..."  Not much danger of doing otherwise lawn is covered with bees and other insects come the warmer weather and as I am not into Bowls or Tennis, I prefer it that way

Apologies for the "so and so said " Quotes don't work


Posted: 01/12/2014 at 17:43

There is an argument for using a cultivator/rotavator but only on clean ground I think.  The chap who has his allotment alongside mine tried to persuade me to use one when I first took on my plot this Spring.  I smiled, nodded and carried on digging out all the pernicious weeds.  Hard work but but the part I have managed to clear now only has the annual weeds whilst my neighbours is infested with every weed known to man.  I'd feel quite smug but for the fact that his weeds have flowered well all summer and will be seeding themselves in my plot too

Oh yes........I always use a knife for garlic too

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 19:14

Bear in mind that you will need the space to move your Chicken run regularly.  Not many allotmenteers bother to do this and the Chickens are wading around in mud/crap at this time of year

my deleting ?

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 19:11

When I find my marbles Gran I'll send you some

Discussions started by philippa smith2


Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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