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Onion seeds

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 16:18

Brought some onion seeds and wanted to start them off in a heated propagator. Thing is I wanted to know if they can be transferred from a tray to a more permanent position in a bigger pot later on?


Posted: 22/01/2017 at 14:14
Onopordum says:

RubyLeaf says:

 It was there for roughly 20 minutes or so. Managed to get a few great snaps!

I guess the dragonfly is attracted to my garden because of the pond, but its a fish pond with moving water. (as far as I'm aware they prefer still water). But worry not, I'm inspired to make a small wildlife container pond. I hope that'll do..

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Southern Hawker is a very common species and will breed quite well in small garden ponds. It might well breed in a fish pond if there are enough plants for the larvae to hide in and escape being eaten.

The pair in Hortum-cretae's photo are Emperor Dragonfly, with a continuous stripe down the back rather than rings.

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 I never saw it inspect the plants in the pond (which provide good cover). Still, you never know..


Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:52
Onopordum says:

Female Southern Hawker. Egg laying as you thought (or at least probing for a suitable site). These always lay their eggs above the water, typically in moss covered logs or stones.

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 It was there for roughly 20 minutes or so. Managed to get a few great snaps!

I guess the dragonfly is attracted to my garden because of the pond, but its a fish pond with moving water. (as far as I'm aware they prefer still water). But worry not, I'm inspired to make a small wildlife container pond. I hope that'll do..


Posted: 21/01/2017 at 01:04

^What dragonfly is this and whats it doing? Its come to our garden 2 years in a row. It kept doing this for a while. My first thought was egg laying but it was July, and its in a small port by the pond.

Green roof

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 22:58
Doghouse Riley says:

What  sort of covering has the roof?

Roofing felt isn't ideal to grow stuff on,  plant roots could penetrate it causing leaks, unless it's of the non-tear polymer variety.

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 Looks to be asphalt

@Beansmum Good idea about the trailing plants, but I could only put them on one side which is facing the house wall. I'm not too fussed about seeing them, so I don't mind sedums. :)

Green roof

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 21:16

For the past 3 years my compact 4x2 shed has stood with only a lick of brown paint to spruce it up. But now, I look at its gently sloping roof and think maybe I should do something with it..

Originally I was put off by the fact the roof leaned towards the fence which it sits right by, thinking whats the point if I can't see them. But then, I would see a bit of it and the flowers produced by sedums, plus butterflies adore the flowers.

Rambling aside, its 4x2, leaned against a fence with a pond right beside it, and the house wall the other end. Would that be a hindrance in installing a green roof? How do I tell if my mini shed can hold such weight?  

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 00:55
BobTheGardener says:

My experience is that if hollyhocks are infected with rust, there is nothing you can do to save them.  I had to give up growing them completely as no matter whether I grew from seed or bought plants, they always became infected in no time.  No difference in pots or ground.

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 My Hollyhocks got infected in their 2nd year. But I really love the double variety and if I have to replace them every year I don't think thats so bad. The question I want an answer for is the ones in the ground that were infected. Will they have the disease next year?

Hayfever and gardening as a career

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 00:14

*****Hi Ruby leaf I work as a gardener full time and suffer from hay fever how ever I get tablets prescribed from the doctors 1 tablet each morning and away I go grass cutting planting weeding chain saw work etc.******

I didn't know you could get hayfever stuff from the doctor. Did you find the name?

*****My advice - don't let hay fever hold you back if gardening is the career you want!*****

It is! The problem is I have no clue where to start!

*****I also use a beconase nasal spray twice a day and this keeps the worst of the symptoms under control. if I'm working in the garden I sometimes put a thin layer of Vaseline in my nostrils and blow my nose periodically and then reapply. I won't let it spoil my enjoyment of gardening. *****

I really hate those nose sprays. Its not a nice sensation having something sprayed up your nose :x

I've tried vaseline before but the problem as with hayfever noses run, re-applying the stuff becomes a chore.


I don't know. Its certainly the one we have as lawns though.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:52
Edd says:

Rust disease is caused by a fungal parasite. Unfortunately, there is no easy treatment for rust.

Avoid wet areas and remove all infected parts and destroy them.

Dust your plants with sulfur early next season to prevent infection and keep mild infections from spreading.

Try any other methods that people on here provide. Garlic sprays with bicarbonate of soda will increase the alkalinity that will stop any fungal growth but too much will burn the plants.

Best to ask a professional about chemicals (if you need to use them. I'm out of touch with the new stuff but I doubt it has changed ) They will charge you Unfortunately.

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 Do garden centres sell garlic spray with bicarb in? Or am I supposed to mix it?

What if the majority of the plant was infected? They're both still in the ground atm.

Hayfever and gardening as a career

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 23:25

Greetings fellow gardeners, and fellow hayfever sufferers! I've come here with a question I haven't dared ask because I was afraid to hear the answer. But I have to know eventually, especially since I want a career in gardening.

As you already guessed I suffer from hayfever. Specifically from grass pollen which affects me late spring. This year it was from the end of May till mid July and this is the typical length it affects me for. For me the symptoms are not crippling, just average with the usual symptoms of runny nose, sneezing, and eye irritation.

When I saw gardening as career I mean planting, raising seeds, the usual stuff we do.

So guys, what's your opinion? 

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