philippa smith2

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Underwatered or overwatered indoor lemon tree?

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 17:29

There isn't such a thing really as an "indoor Lemon Tree" - citrus far prefer to be outside for the majority of the year as normal household conditions don't suit them.  They don't make good house plants tho plenty of Garden Centres sell them for that purpose.  They usually end up looking rather like yours and causing you much frustration.

If you have even a tiny outdoor space, then your Lemon will be much happier out there - in the winter months,  you could protect the pot with bubble wrap/ sacking etc. and protect the plant itself with fleece.  Large citrus will take some frost but smaller specimens obviously will not be so happy.

The root ball doesn't look that bad as far as the pic allows you to see but is it contained in a pot which is glazed on the inside ?  Difficult to tell from your pic. If that is the case, you should re pot into something more suitable. 


Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:16

Joyce..........I've no doubt others may be too.  Always the chance that Councils vary of course


Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:50

The promised update in case it may be of help to anyone in the future.

As some pointed out on this thread, it constitutes a "Private Nuisance" as opposed to an illegality.

Having spoken to my local council, I am assured that it is not something they are able to deal with nor do they advise taking private action unless I can categorically prove the discharge is damaging my property or interfering with my enjoyment of the garden.

With regard to Building Regs, I am informed that provided the regs were followed when the property was constructed , in this case a flat roof extension to an old building, the property owner can alter his drainage as he sees fit.  Whilst it is reccommended that surface water be discharged into mains drains or a soakaway, it would seem that one is not obliged by law to do so. The fact that my neighbour is running his downpipe along his wall ( within his own property as such ) makes it all the more difficult.

Since I last posted, the neighbour has partially turned the "elbow" so that the rainwater discharges on to the top of the wall rather than blatantly discharging down into my garden.  The wall has obviously suffered from water corrosion over the years this has been in place but either he can't grasp this or doesn't want to.

Much as I did not want to touch his property ( therefore laying myself open to complaints ), I have enough space between my vertical fencing to just poke the drain pipe a tads - over the next few weeks eventually edging it over sufficiently for him to have the majority of the discharge.

He is a very difficult person to deal with........hence the caution. 

Just like to thank everyone who has given me info and advice - on the thread and by PM. 

Ajuga- can I move it now? How best to do it?

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 17:50

I'd agree with hogweed but just add that if you cover lightly with some compost now, by the time the weather warms up you should have some stronger rooting plants which you can transplantand then clear the area of the weaker bits.

Are biodegradeable compost bags safe?

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 18:19

I think it depends on your local authority.  Those with the capability of dealing with the bio degradable bags sold specifically for food waste will accept these and be able to deal with them in their new treatment plants.

If in doubt, check with your local Waste Dept.

Birds attacking onions

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 18:10

Scroggin...must admit I usually do mine in modules too ....more for the early start than the bird problem but if lack of space means planting directly, the wire tunnel seems to be effective..


Birds attacking onions

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 16:26

If you have grown your onions in rows, a bit of chicken wire, twilweld or similar placed over them ( in the form of a tunnel ) will probably do the trick

Always tend to be a problem with Onions, Garlic etc as you shallow plant and the birds delight in pulling them out.

Once the onions put on good root growth, it will be more difficult for them to be casually uprooted.

Are biodegradeable compost bags safe?

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 17:00

Do you mean the biodegradable bags that you purchase to contain your food waste ?  If so, I believe these bags are subject to heat treatment within the " turn waste food into heat" system which some local councils have adopted.

It is unlikely that a home compost bin will be able to generate the conditions needed to break down the bags.

Your local water authority will be able to advise you on pollution issues.

Last edited: 26 January 2017 17:01:32

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 14:37

I've had 2 Lumix cameras in the past 15 years or so.  Nothing fancy but I've always found them very reliable.  


Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:32

Iamweedy........thank you very much for your link - I have saved that and will look properly later.  Any info. which I can use to back up my case is extremely helpful.

Your time and effort is greatly appreciated 

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