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Wot's it all about.....?

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 17:46

I remember a bit of an Ice Age in 1984 ( or 1985 ? ).  I'd been stupid enough to purchase a 50 x 20 glasshouse at an auction.  Got someone to erect it for me but I was left with the job of filling in the base with breeze blocks.  Snow up to my bum as I worked.  That was enough of an ice age for me.

As for the plants which are likely to kill us...........we're more likely to die of fright well before they can take effect.  Some reports are obviously tongue in cheek but others  ?  As usual, education is the key but basic facts never grab the headlines do they ?


Talkback: How to store herbs in ice cubes

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 17:27

Frank    What is that saying ?..........."There's nothing new under the sun ".   

Dont get screwed!

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 17:05

Having just been blatantly overcharged for some work recently, I'd say a web site relating to hard to deal with, brain dead companies might be more appropriate tbh

Moving House with Plants

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 16:44

At least at this time of year, neither the Olive nor the Acer should need much attention.  In a light frost free place, they should be fine for a week.  I'm not sure tho that I would trust them to containerised storage.

Could your neighbours ( at either house ) keep them for you for what is a short time ?

Another possible solution would be to find a garden centre or nursery close to either location and ask if they would keep them for you until you can collect them.

I have had Citrus trees amongst others which have survived a 5 day trip in a removal van and they were ok.

I hope you manage to find a solution



Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 18:00

Sorry Verdun........I perhaps didn't explain that very well

I've always understood that when you use the Provado, you should remove all flowering stems as the toxin is drawn up thru the plant and hence into the flowers and won't do the bees and other insects much good. So each time I use it, I cut off the flowering stems beforehand.

Having said that, I don't know how long it actually lasts ?  I've just dosed several Heucheras in the last few days.  As they are still flowering happily and throwing up new flowering stems, I've cut them off and will continue to do so for the next few weeks.  I'd be interested to know what the time scale is.

I never find it necessary to use anything for those plants in the ground.....only those in pots. 

Sorry for any confusion

Vine Weevil Grubs

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 17:38

Depending where you are located, what plants are in the pots and what compost you are using, I'd be a little careful about letting them sit underwater at this time of year.

You can still use the Provado now ( cut off all flowering stems first ) which  "should" see them clear until Spring.  Perhaps try the "drowning" theory when the weather warms up ?

For susceptible plants ( which would seem most things in a pot this year ), Provado is recommended 3 or 4 times pa.  The only downside is losing the flowers.

More work!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 18:09

I can sympathise Berghill.  I've just been doing the same job altho not on your scale.  I've never known the Vine weevils to be as prevalent as this year.  Every bl....y pot has them lurking in the depths.

At least my Chickens have enjoyed a treat tho

Indoor tree

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:09

Woops......slow fingers again

Indoor tree

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:08

Not sure that you would be looking for a tree as such.  Citrus and Olives are far happier outdoors..........they do enjoy the sun and dislike a dry atmosphere but you are really the only one who can decide whether your kitchen is the best place for them. 

A Dracena of some sort may fit the bill ?  Some like more light than others.

Ficus often make elegant indoor "trees" but south facing may not always be suitable.  Do you have a blind at the window which could filter the strongest sun a little ? 

confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

I like ....."if there's a horrible job to do and a chance someone else will do it - I don't"

I've tried that..........but do you wait hours, weeks or what ?  I always end up doing it myself.  Note to self............need to be more assertive

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