philippa smith2

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Lomo chilli

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 14:40

Depends which type of chilli plant you bought.  Have you actually tried one of the fruits yet ?  If they haven't ripened by now, you may be hard put to get them further at this time of year. The fact that it has produced a couple of flowers now is likely due to the recent spell of warmth we've had recently or the environment you are keeping it in

They are really perennial plants but in the UK we tend to treat them as an annual crop simply because the majority of us cannot provide the environment they require all year round.

I am assuming you are resident in the UK ?

Pruning castor oil plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:46

GD - another comment on your Ricinus.  They are beautiful plants with such rich colours. I have grown them myself but years ago.  Might try them again in this garden.

As for their toxicity - I do recall a row of these plants growing alongside our local school in Spain - never an issue for the children - they'd obviously been taught to respect them

Product Design Project

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:06

Hmm - just looked  (thanks Hfan) and it would seem I am non existent .....I can either be 65  or 70 plus years of age - no inbetween ? 

There surely must be a standard that University Students need to attain before they get to the stage of designing a product ?  A test to see if they can sensibly answer their own Survey Questions would be a start .

Sorry Muhammed but you need to review your survey if you seriously require feedback

Pruning castor oil plant

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 16:44

The garden has to work for both parties I think.  I like my Fatsia and it nicely fills a space which I would be hard put to fill otherwise.

The Fatsia will remain a Fatsia no matter how you prune it.  If an OH has taken against it, best to remove IMO. 

If you do decide to remove it, it is also worth remembering that your OH will owe you a favour in future which could be to your advantage

Product Design Project

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 16:29

Link doesn't work for me unfortunately

Vandalised hedge

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 16:17

People had the right idea in medieval times - rows of sharpened posts tended to deter invaders

The "prickly" suggestions above would be the more PC solution tho if you can do it.

flamingo flower

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 15:58

Do you have the proper name for your plant ?

What material for mini polytunnel is best?

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 18:12

Depends on your location really.  Do you have harsh winters?  In which case, fleece or clear would be the better bet.  Nettiing is not really much use other than to keep insects off in early summer.  Yes, it will give you a bit of protection over winter but if green netting, it will also reduce the light.

Also depends on which salad leaves you intend growing - some are hardier than others, some need more warmth, etc.

Cherry Laurel

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 16:36

Most local authorities have "Green Skips" at their recycling sites.  Collect the leaves, stick in a bag and take them there.

I really don't think putting them on a bonfire is an option - simply because they take ages to dry out and burning green stuff won't endear you to your neighbours.

They shred as Nutcutlet says but if you don't have the machine, it's obviously not an option.  You can just leave them in a corner to decay - depends what space you have.

winter bedding plants

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 18:50

Ajuga reptans is nice - the dark leaved one ( name escapes me at the mo ) - blue flower spikes in Spring and the foliage sets off Prims and the mini daffs as mentioned above.

If you want Heucheras - go for the yellow leaved ones ( Marmalade is very attractive ) with Ophiopogon ( Black Grass )for a good contrast. 

If you use Heucheras in pots/containers, they seem to be more susceptible to Vine Weevil than when planted in the ground.

Sempervivum also make good container plants - lots of choice in form, size and colour. 

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