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Solar powered pond pumps

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:42

As I am in the midst of renovating/ lining a badly leaking concrete built pond I have decided to use gravel only to re pot all my water plants. 3 days of baling out silt from broken containers, etc. has persuaded me.  I've always used Aquatic compost before but in fact have discovered that if you have a good root system on the plants ( inevitably with some old soil, etc attached ), you can just gravel them.  The detritus which arrives even in a new pond should provide sufficient "gunge" for the roots to get into.  Not many are going to be doing much growing at this time of year so I think it is OK.  I have emptied a couple of bags of Aquatic compost in the deepest part of the pond and a little on the various shelves.  This gives a habitat for all the Dragonfly larvae, Beetles, etc which I rescued and will provide some medium for the plant roots by next Spring. 

I don't watch Monty or Rachel but I think I agree with them on this

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 18:49

Hope everyone is using home made mincemeat for their pies ?  Much better than shop bought IMO

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:57


Doc leaf Cutting

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:54

They're nestling quite happily side by side in my garden Kef

Identifying Plants and flowers

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:50

Dimwit...........I have to say your "name" is surely somewhat of a misnomer.............Allamanda was the name I couldn't bring to mind.

Doc leaf Cutting

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:41 Pansy says.....if you just have a leaf stem, I think you are on a hiding to nothing. 

Ask a neighbour if you can dig one or two up from their gardens ( provided they haven't dosed them with killer ) and pot up.  You should then find they will grow away happily.

If you aren't too worried about having the common Dock, I believe there are a couple of the more ornamental ones available.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:02

YStevie...........Don't worry............there is a 13th Commandment on the other side of the stone tablet which reads "Thou shalt be forgiven for breaking the previous 2 Commandments ".


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:45

FGirl............always a quandary isn't it ?  I'm about to panic because I decided to risk some of my tall Cacti by planting them tight against a south facing wall.  They have become too big and heavy to move from garden to the g/h every winter.  Now of course, everyone is forecasting a long hard cold winter.  I suppose I may have to dig them up and repot them again.  If I do that, another mild winter should be guaranteed


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:03

Oops FGirl..........posts crossed  At least I was right about the different advice tho


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:00

Unless you want to move them to another part of the garden, I'd leave them where they are.  Mine stay in the ground all year until they need splitting up. Others may have different advice tho so best hang on for a few more replies 

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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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