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citrus plants

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:43

A certain amount of leaf drop is normal for citrus in UK at this time of year.  Inside is really too dry for them I find.  Best thing is a sheltered spot in the garden and protect the pot in really cold temps as well as protecting the top growth.  They will probably look tatty come Spring but that's easy enough to sort out.  Cornwall should be safe enough......mine stay out in Somerset ( tho they are about 25 years old).

First greenhouse - advice?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:58

The advice given by Flowering Rose is ideal in theory........practice (if you are a busy gardener) is somewhat different...........there are plenty of good books on the best way to use a greenhouse.  Think about what you are using it for.......propagating, over wintering, filling it with flowering plants, growing veg/salad  etc ?  It is entirely up to you but just remember to enjoy it

Blocking draughts is not always a good need ventilation whatever you are growing otherwise you risk encouraging problems.  Disinfectant is fine when you come to the annual clean up..........not necessary with a new G/H unless you have an identifiable problem.

Rhus Typhina

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:41 most circumstances, the tree will only throw up suckers when it is cut down, damaged or otherwise too drastically pruned.  Planting it with a plastic sheet will do little good.

They are beautiful trees but in the average domestic situation, they can be a disaster waiting to happen..........maybe not for you in the short term but possibly later on....either for you or whoever takes your garden on in later years.

There are a number of equally attractive trees which you could consider.......just as much pleasure but far less angst

grape vines

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:57

Yes and I have had success in Spring and early summer.  You can also do them when you prune your vine when the leaves have the next week or two depending where you are.

Best Plant to cover a drain cover

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:53

I can't recall the thread but it could have been related to the sink garden one ?

Sempervivum ( House Leeks ) would only require the shallowest of containers and a minimum of soil making it easy to move should the occasion arise.  There are so many different varieties with varying textures and colours that it would make the ideal cover.

Tomatoes Indoors for next year

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:20

I'd agree with Bob.  If the chilli has finished fruiting, you could cut it back whilst the weather is still reasonable and it should start to leaf again.  Then it will be a matter of sufficient light and judicious watering to keep it going over winter.  Worth a try and nothing to lose

Best Plant to cover a drain cover

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:14

 Sounds like the weary voice of experience there Steve.

Trachycarpus Fortunei in Container

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:10

You could risk your plant being waterlogged by letting it stand continuously in a saucer of water.......particularly during periods of prolonged rain during autumn/winter when the plant is not doing much in the way of growth and needs little water.  You also risk the problem of freezing if the winter is very cold.

Green tomatoes

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 17:03

I think Artjac is right.........particularly if the Tesco ones are F1.

The problem you could  have by trying your saved seed is that whilst they are likely to germinate and produce plants, it may be difficult to be sure they are true to type until well into the growing season.  By that time, it could be too late to start again with bought seed and get a harvest the same year.

Slow cookers

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:33

Agree about Cauliflower and Broccoli......not a veg to overcook.......nasty

Whole Chicken works well too...........

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