philippa smith2


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Trying again for suggestions for pots on my roof

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:12

Bear in mind that a slow release feed will only work if it has some substance to work on - you could just be wasting your time.  If there is no real substance to your soil, the feed and water will just leach out and feed the surrounding decking.


Hate to say it but with your intended regime, some artificial plants may be an easier option.


Alternatively, you could look at a truly Hydroponic set up ?  Again your aspect and wind factor needs to be taken into consideration.

Trying again for suggestions for pots on my roof

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 17:31

Aspect and wind factor may elicit some responses. There are various grasses or bamboos which may do the trick altho if you intend only to check them a couple of times a year, it may not be quite that simple.


If you intend to use the mix you suggest, i.e. 50% vermiculite, you won't want anything which needs much substance or feeding.


Offhand, I can't think of anything tallish and evergreen which would do well in the conditions you describe.


Perhaps others can tho

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 18:14

I must admit I was impressed enough by the 17 mile cycle ride ( with or without nettles ) to actually look up the term " codger".


The definition is "a mean fellow" or " an old person " or " a chap" and probably derives from "cadger". Either way, it doesn't strike me as appertaining to someone ( of whatever gender ) who can cycle that far without falling over so I think congratulations are much in order


If nettles work for you, that's good 

Something to cover side of neighbours house

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 17:48

Best to avoid actually growing something on the neighbour's wall itself, particularly something as rampant as Virginia Creeper.Your current neighbour may well be willing for you to grow something directly on to their wall but a subsequent owner may not be as happy and all your hard work will be to no avail if they ask you to remove it.


Much better to use self supporting trellis or similar on your own ground and grow a variety of climbers which you can keep in control without too much work.You don't mention the aspect which will make a difference re the plants you wish to use.


There are a number of recent threads in which posters have posed much the same question as you - lots of advice and suggestions 

Lining pond pots.

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 15:56

Weed control fabric will work but the more robust material sold for shading/windbreaks works better IME..  Cut to shape and sewn with fine fishing line makes a decent "pot" which lasts for ages

Orchid baby plant

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 17:57

Might also be worth noting that Dendrobium orchids produce "babies" from stems.  Roots become obvious and the tiny plant can be detached and grown on in the same compost.

Manual VS Powered

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 10:14

Oh, I see  -  my mistake Posy

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 16:20

I have plenty of ivy here which is mature enough to flower and fruit.  As others have said, it is a good plant for the wildlife.


I'd just say that come Spring ( I assume it will arrive at some point ? ), just keep an eye out for the berries which have dropped and germinated.  Easy to ID and pull out - according to your plan, pot up and grow them on to plant elsewhere or dump them.


Without a lot of work to eradicate the main plant, you can at least stop new ones developing if that is your wish.

Manual VS Powered

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 16:06

I think sometimes it depends where you live...........constant hoovering of house, workshop and artificial grass can sometimes be more annoying than the more usual garden machinery noise.


As Hosta and KT say, the quickest easiest way is often the best way but I can sympathise with Posy if a neighbour just enjoys using noisy machinery for the sake of it

Manual VS Powered

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 13:48

Thank you Bcdays..........I can see why it is called a Grass whip now 

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