philippa smith2

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Advice on Manual Push Lawn Mowers

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 18:23

Bosch is a well known name but other than that, if you have the energy, there can't be much difference can there ?

I wouldn't particularly rely on Reviews but is there a centre close enough to you which offers both and you could give each a try ?

Sowing Seed in Vermicompost

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 18:16

I've used JI seed compost in the past but I have found recently that I get as good a germination rate  for general seeds by mixing a good quality top soil with perlite.

It's a given that you will need to prick out early as there are no nutrients whatsoever in this mix.  No bad thing tho as potting on, time consuming as it may be, is often the most successful way of getting seedlings to plants, 

As you pot on, you use different composition to ensure your seedlings are getting the correct balance of nutrients,

Site Feedback

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:52

Not sure about Pinned Pages Mary - you're getting a bit technical there 

Since the forum changes last year, the easiest thing seems to be Latest Posts - everything turns up there eventually doesn't it ?

Come on Mike - be reasonable - does it really matter ?  As long as people get their queries answered and advice given, the forum is working isn't it ?

Some of us are more Techy than others - you can tell I'm not as I don't even know how to correctly spell Teccy but despite initial problems, the site works well enough for my needs and judging by the number of new posters, for theirs as well

Any ideas

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 18:15

What are you after ?  Flowers, shrubs, veg ? Have you got children, pets ?  Are you keen on wildlife ?

You need to give a bit more info before anyone can realistically suggest anything

Aubretia pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 18:10

Like any creeping plant, it is only growing from 1 point unless it has been allowed to root along the way.

Cut back down to the foliage, give it a bit of water or WHY and it should produce new growth.

If it only has 1 growing tip, you can't really divide it as such.

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 18:02

With all the doggy stuff on GW, perhaps Monty might just squeeze a mention in about excreta - having just seen my elderly neighbour off in an ambulance this morning, I come back to find some kind doggy owner has left a bag of dog shit outside my house.  There is a dog bin just a few yards up the street - how come I can walk up there and dump it whilst it is obviously beyond the owner's ability to do the same ??  Might just as well leave it on the pavement. 

Sorry - hardly GW's fault but makes me mad and I actually like dogs - just not some of the owners.

Tasty Green Cucmbers

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 17:47

Indoor or outdoor variety ?  The tastiest cues are often the ridge ( outdoor ) ones tho I am sure there will be some disagreement on that

Sedum Purple Emperor - Advise Please

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 17:44

Whilst it looks as if you need to cut down the specimen in your photo, I find this Chelsea Chop thing is over rated to put it mildly. You can certainly get extra plants without going to this extreme IME.

You have obviously realised that this sedum was in the wrong place and have moved it accordingly.  Most of these sedums do better in the ground anyway altho the Purple Emperor tends to be a little bit more needy than the others.

Water Lily

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:29

Clarington - watering a water lilly ?  

BTW, how are your carnivorous plants doing in the pond ( sarracenia I think ) ?  They looked good when you last posted a pic of them.

Water Lily

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:49

I'd agree with Pete - water lillies are one plant you don't have to worry about feeding.  

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