philippa smith2

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. First grade loose root plants

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 17:04

Mrs M...........if you are unsure, ask the nursery concerned exactly what they mean.  I've not come across the term "loose root" plants before.  "Bare root" yes....."loose root" no.

Are you looking at Trees, Shrubs, Roses, Perennials or what ?  Mark's interpretation is probably not far off the mark but ask before you buy


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:30

Very wet there I think........hope Jo47 is still above water

Water butt from combined rain and greywater.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:28 should be able to cut into your gutter downpipe and install a water butt.

It will prove more than useful and save all the rain water going to waste

Pond life diagnosis

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:25

As far as I can tell, all my adult newts are now out and buried themselves in the surrounding garden.  It's amazing just how deep they dig in ( having inadvertently disturbed some last Spring when planting ).  I'm hoping those from 2015 hatching are still alive and well in the depths somewhere.

Pond life diagnosis

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:03

When I had to re line my pond last Autumn, I started off using a fine soil sieve.....and then ended up ruining my kitchen ( flour ) sieve to get all the tinies .  Added about 3 days to the whole job but at least my conscience was clear

Just been to shut Chickens up and can hear a frog ( or 2 ) groaning away in the veg patch some 20 mts. from the pond.  Too dark to see them.

Pond life diagnosis

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:38

Dragonfly larvae too .  Agree about the frogs too altho mine are still resolutely croaking in amongst the Cyperus 

House plant

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:30

Not heard of Mackerel before........I only know it as Partridge -breasted Aloe as a common name.  Easy to flower and to propagate.  Aloe vera is, I believe, the only medicinal plant in this group. 

Pond life diagnosis

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:21

Sludge is definitely a good thing in ponds........if you must disturb it, run it thru a sieve may be pleasantly surprised

Olive tree

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:15

The basic European olive is remarkably hardy in the UK but only really as an ornamental.  Fruits do form but our climate is not sufficiently warm or sunny to  obtain a harvest


Posted: 02/01/2016 at 17:20

Really RB ?  I have one grown on from my would be welcome to it

The original is well over 50 years old.....fruits quite well too.

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