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Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:48

Make sure your water isn't metered tho or you could end up paying a rather large bill

Mysterious Rhizome

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:45

I'd plant it up before it dries out and then post a picture when it starts to leaf

Bay Tree Problem

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:42

Potted "Standard" bays, particularly small ones, do suffer more from bad winters.

At least tho you have a chance of bringing it back to life as you still have some fresh growth.  I would suggest you trim carefully and leave before you decide on your new leader. 

Olive trees

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:51

Pruning will provide you with bushier top growth but won't alter the diameter of the trunk.  That will only come with age.  Your garden centre are displaying old trees which would have had the amount of top growth commensurate with the age.

What can we do with coffee grounds

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:21

I spread both coffee grounds and used Tea leaves on a tray, let them dry and then store them in an airtight bin.  I use them mostly to add to compost when potting on or planting direct into the garden.

Help needed to save orange tree!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 09:19

Provided your Orangery is frost free, leave the tree in there over winter and then put outside in the garden for the summer.  The atmosphere in the average house is far too dry for these trees.

Some leaf drop during winter is normal in our climate ........if it is fed and watered correctly it will soon replace leaves when the temps. begin to rise.

Fruit can remain on the tree even when new flowers are out - it is quite normal.  However, as your tree looks a rather poor specimen, remove the fruit now and eat if it is ripe

Plastic Shed Base

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:57

If you mean the Rapidgrid type which interlock, I used this for a g/house base and it is excellent.

Make sure your ground is level before laying and you shouldn't have a problem

What is her name?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:43

Beautiful flower Tyrus

I have several of these Epiphyllums (sadly not the white ) and overwinter them in a frost free greenhouse.  They usually flower here anytime from May to August.

what licence to sell produce do I get?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:33

I'd agree with's the easiest and cheapest way to build up a small business.  Once you have regular clients, they can also "visit" your garden/allotment/WHY by arrangement.

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:23

Could have been even more embarrassing if it had written "priapian"

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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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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