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Unidentified plant!!!

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:21

I'm not recommending this by any means but I have recently  discovered that Aeoniums will survive being frosted

hollowed out log

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:12

Ooops....sorry Michael.......a Happy New Year to you too

hollowed out log

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:11

My thoughts too Gemma 

investing in a heated propagator.

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:49

That is so true

That is a good size tunnel you have.  If me, I would definitely go for a hot bed rather than a Prop. ( or 2 or 3 ).

If simply for raising plants, my feeling would be for an independent hot bed at staging level.  Easier to insulate for one thing plus you can keep pots of stuff on there when not using or to boost the bottom heat of seedlings you have grown and pricked out.  Cuttings too are easy to do.....don't need to put them in pots, just straight into the soil/compost.

Do I sound biased ?  Just a bit I guess

Be interested to hear what you decide and how it works out

investing in a heated propagator.

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 17:25

Hostafan.......sorry I can't recall the particular brand of soil warming cables which I had but provided you get a decent thermostatically controlled one, I think they are pretty much the same.

I have done both in the past.............raised bed but at ground level in a cold g/h and a complete "hot bed" at staging level.  I got more from the latter because I used it for tropical stuff in a heated g/h.  The downside is the weight  (insulation, sand, etc. ) but a real treasure  Your 6' x 3' bed wouldn't need all that long a cable tho it does depend on how closely you lay the loops.  Closer = more heat but really depends on what you want to grow.

Hope this helps you

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:46

Don't think it's so much the legality or illegality in your case Poddington.  Simply that some of the birds are prospecting already and it would be a shame to risk it now.  If it is only one years detritus, safer to leave it than disturb someone.  Just make a note in your diary for next time.  Happy nesting

Frozen pomds

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:07

Fidgetbones...........I'm trying to imagine the answer and I think the father in law probably walked rather oddly whilst Tick Tock sounds emanated from his nether regions ?

I'm not a cat fan but you'd have to have something wrong with you to contemplate doing anything like that.  It's also totally indiscriminate and must surely be breaking some law or other ?

Frozen pomds

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:45

I was about to agree with Nutcutlet about the truth of that info but then Dove is right too......there are some amazingly stupid people about.  However, as some people do deliberately set out to poison cats using anti freeze, I'm wondering how whoever produced these figures was able to differentiate between accidental ( from ponds, etc) and deliberate?

Birds and other wildlife drink from garden ponds as well as domestic pets so for an overall view, one would have to include these too.  Could be a bit of an undertaking tho.

Cutting Back Hebe

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:30

Agree with Pansyface...............that one looks pretty well past it's "sell by" date.

If you really like it, you could take some cuttings when you tackle it

Buying seeds online and ship them to Holland

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:27

Sorry Pansy........didn't mean to drive you to your bed

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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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Recommended varieties

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