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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...........

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:24

Salino........I must say I like your holes.....they look very sculptural somehow ( tho   I don't think I would be as enamoured if I was looking out onto a neighbour rather than open fields )  Wood is a good colour too 

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 19:11

One reason for starting off Garlic in modules is to ensure that each clove is "good" before planting out.  Nothing more annoying than planting a row and finding gaps where the clove hasn't taken. ( Yes......even doing this, you can still get gaps I know  ) 

I've used both methods depending on the ground I'm planting in.  Little difference in the final results so whatever method suits the individual I would think.

Slow cookers

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:48

I've used various Slow Cookers and have to admit they are ideal for most dishes where you want long slow cooking time.......i.e. set up in the morning and look forward to dinner some 8 to 10 hours later.  At least, that is how I use mine.......leave on Auto and forget it (more or less) 

Artjac....I'd be somewhat dubious about cooking fish in one of these........would be very easy to overcook I'd think ( unless you are doing a Fish Stew or similar ).  I guess it would work if you were hovering over and checking but in that case,  just as easy to cook your fish as you would normally do. 

solar or not

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 20:37

If for producing Hot Water, I'd say it was well worth it in my experience.

If for Electricity........look long and hard at your contract.  Unless you have some means of storing the electricity you produce, the unused power will be sold to the Grid for a lesser cost than you will have to pay to import the power you will use when your solars aren't producing.  It seems to be a bit of a minefield particularly when you take your initial investment into account. 

If you are a high energy user, it may be worth your while but it isn't cost effective for everyone.  It also seems to be the thing that people are being led to believe that generating your own "electricity" is the answer to our prayers............very little is seriously promoted about helping people to actually cut their everyday power consumption.....that is what really matters IMO

How long does Roundup last in the soil?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 18:23

Liri.............I think you've summed it up nicely........compromise and care are the key words ........unfortunately, we are well past the time when totally "natural" is an option for many of us wherever in the world we live.

I've certainly been  (and still am ) guilty of using weedkillers at times tho I try not to resort to it in most cases. 

As to the alarmist "sciency" stuff, I am still awaiting reports of horrendous deaths from Spiders, etc. which were said to be invading the UK recently !!  It always brings to mind that classic headline "Something ate my face " ( can't recall the exact wording ) which upped the circulation for some Newspapers ( if they can be termed as such ) some years ago 

Chilli help needed !

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:58

I'm finding if the fruit has just a tinge of colour so that the ripening process has at least started, popped in paper bags in the airing cupboard brings them along nicely.

shed base

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:26

There is a base which is sold quite often with Sheds.  Consists of a wooden frame with metal spikes which are sunk into the soil.  Has proved stable enough on my 6 x 4 foot shed.

The modular RapidGrid ( honeycomb plastic structure ) also works well for a G/House base.......filled with gravel, an " easy on the feet" base, durable and free draining.  Easy also to construct raised beds in G/House on this base should you choose to in the future.  Downside is that it is more expensive than concrete

Discussions started by philippa smith2

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Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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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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