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Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:10

Leave it. All new ponds go through a green stage. It should clear by itself in a few days. 

Correspondence courses for RHS qualifications

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:17

I registered with Learning Curve, now Borders Connect to do the level 2 principles.

My experience was of irrelevant assignments and notes, lack of communication from my tutor and general rubbishness. So I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend them. I ended up printing the learning outcomes off from the RHS website and teaching myself from textbooks. If you are confident to do it this way (there are some excellent textbooks written specifically for the course) then you would just have to pay the examination fees as an external candiate at your local exam centre.

If I go on to do level 3, this is how I would do it.


Eat my hedge

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 00:27

I'm attempting a crap apple hedge. 1 year old whips went in Jan 2014, so no flowers or fruit last year but I have fingers crossed for this year. 

color changing flowers

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 19:11

And nut, what on earth is that eBay listing?!? What worried me most is it claims that 300 people have actually bought them. 

color changing flowers

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 19:08

Pulmonaria start off pink and change to blue. 

Lots of roses change colour as the flowers age.

So I don't really see why it is that novel to be honest. From a science point of view,  it just seems a waste of biotechnology. I understand engineering crops to make them pest/ disease resistant or to express higher levels of vitamins. Things that will have an impact on world hunger etc. But a petunia that changes colour when you give it alcohol? Don't get it at all.  

Cucumber seeds

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 21:14

I bought a packet of Sungold F1 tomato seeds. I know they are f1 so will be a bit more expensive. I paid £2.99 for a pack which should have had 15 seeds in. When I opened the packed there were 3 whole seeds in it!  £1/seed! 

aged manure advice?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 16:48

Jason, I was always told that horse poo is fine fresh, its the bedding type manure from stables that has lots of wee therefore ammonia in it which will burn plants. 

wild flower mix

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:45

Not sure I would have classed it as a wild flower though. They are perennial and my clumps of leaves have overwintered. They are definitely grey furry leaves. Although the flowers are similar to cornflower which I would have thought more likely to be in a wildflower mix as suggested by fidget and dorcas. 

wild flower mix

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:43



Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:25

I think I used JI no3 with some grit added as they like good drainage. Having said that, mine didn't flower last year (their fist year) either. 

Some say they like to be pot bound to flower well, others say its a myth, I'm not yet enough of an expert to say either way I'm afraid. 

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Discussions started by PoddingtonP

ID please

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where should seedlings live 
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Rambling roses

when will it flower? 
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Garden bird ID please

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Clearing out bird boxes

when is best? 
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Asparagus crowns

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Rambling rose on a fence

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San Marzano 3 tomatoes

what does semi determinate mean? 
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Where do you trust to buy plants from?

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Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

when and how? 
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Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Suggestions please! 
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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

looking a bit sorry for itself 
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holiday proofing the greenhouse

tip/thoughts on capillary matting 
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'With added John Innes'

what does it actually mean? 
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should they be growing yet? 
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