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Timber Compost Bins

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:46

Having always relied on simple compost "heaps", I now intend to purchase timber bins.

There appear to be 2 types on offer..........close boarded OR those with gaps between the boards.

I can see the advantage of both types i.e. better heat retention with close boards but better air flow with the open type.

I wondered whether anyone has tried both types and has a preference for one or the other ?  Also does anyone have a particular make/model/supplier which they would recommend ?

Many thanks

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Personally, I would water the feed into the soil as that way, you are sure of the plant taking it up rather than some evaporating in the saucer.  Little bit at a time over a few hours would be my suggested method.

Best leave the home made bread until your Gardenia is flourishing tho..........if it doesn't recover, you will regret your kind thought

Hope you manage to save it.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:56

Tree Lillies............a bargain from T&M a couple of years ago.  5 foot or so in their second year.  Can't moan about them to be honest

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:52 say your Gardenia was purchased many moons ago as an "outdoor" plant.

If you purchased in the UK, as far as I know the common Gardenia was always grown as a house plant.  In the last couple of years, some companies are selling a "hardy" Gardenia but that is very much open to interpretation. 

Gardenias are not the easiest plants to keep happy - cool but not cold, light but not sun, damp but not wet. 

If the leaves are turning yellow and dropping that is usually a sign of EITHER over watering OR just a natural dropping of leaves at this time of year.  It could be that you are misting too much without providing the optimum conditions.  Even evergreen plants need a little respite.

There is little point in feeding it at the need to see some shoots emerging before you worry about that.

If the stems are green and you have access to a Propagator, take some cuttings.

At the very least, don't abandon it now..........wait for natural higher temps and light levels and see if it will produce new leaves/shoots.

Really sorry not to be more helpful but wish you luck















Rats feeding on bird food! What to do?

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:29

Sounds harsh at this time of year but most "Rat" people suggest not putting any food out for a few weeks.  If there is nothing to attract the Rats, they will give up and move on.

Has to be said tho.......if you have a constant Rat problem, you probably need to call in the local council.  If your neighbours persist in leaving food and/or general rubbish around, whatever steps you take to eliminate the problem won't really work.

GG is right too............Rooks, Jackdaws, Starlings and Pigeons will usually clear away the detritus from the bird feeders before the Rats get a chance.  Instead of trying to keep these particular scavenging birds from your garden, let them clear up for you. 

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:55


Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:54

Many thanks Verdun........that definitely sounds the same one.

Like you, the area was quite mild ( SW coastal) so I'm probably correct in remembering it as evergreen.  It should do ok for me here too so I shall track some down in the near future as I am keen to have it again


New Pots in bags

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:17

Nutcutlet.........I have tried Vaseline around the rims of planters which contained courgettes.

It works for a while but I found it wore off after a bit and unless you really slathered it on ( which makes moving the pots if you need/have a mind to ) a bit disgusting, I'm not convinced.  You also get funny looks from the sales staff when you ask for several jars of the stuff

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:04

Our present govt. ( in the light of the coming election) has been highlighting the latest employment figures...........if you popped down to Earth from another planet, you may well be forgiven for thinking that all is well on "the Job front".  What I haven't heard explained is how many of these recently employed people are actually in full time work as opposed to part time or - as mentioned above - the zero hour contracts.

Par time and even zero hour can be a good thing but that depends so much on individual circumstances.  There is little benefit to those seeking full time employment if they are unable to obtain such a position.

Perhaps it may be more enlightening if the employment figures broke the stats down ?  Or is that expecting a bit too much ?

Is bistort meant to go brown?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:45

If it is doing well other than naturally dying down in winter, I'd leave well alone Bigbarb.

If you are concerned, just take a root off, pot him up and then you will have at least something to replant

Discussions started by philippa smith2

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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Kindle e readers

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Anyone growing this one ? 
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anyone grown this ? 
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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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