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How to upload photos

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 11:27

hello, not being of a very technical mind (in fact a complete dork !!) when it comes to all things technological I was wondering if someone can tell me how to upload photos on this site. I have a laptop and am on Windows 7. I have managed to upload/save photos to my desktop from the digital camera but need help here.

Please use terminology in the most simple terms as possible due to above



Verve Growbags

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 11:12

that's totally unacceptable, they need to contact the company that provides the compost. I've found similar problem with other makes of compost (although thankfully no glass), think the problem lies with people taking their stuff to the recycle plant and just dumping everything into the skip which is for garden waste and when the attendants aren't around, they chuck everything in one place rather than walk around putting things in the correct skips. It's called laziness and unfortunately, there is no cure !!! the company that provides the compost should have screened the waste before turning it into compost.   

My Strawberries are all being eaten

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 11:05

if the strawberries have holes in them but are still left on the plant then it's slugs/snails. if you have straw then they'll be hiding under that during the day and feasting on your plants at night. the only way to identify them is to go out at night with a torch and catch them at it. my fruits are left without straw as this made the problem worse. at least when the garden is dry they don't attack so often.  

Netting on small plants from nurseries

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 10:58

I agree, if little plantlet is in a pot there's no need for anything else, it's not going to run away is it


last year I bought bedding plants for my son's garden and they all came surrounded by what can only be described as "teabags". I'm not convinced these are biodegradable so I painstakingly removed each and everyone of them before planting and will continue to do in the future. at least then if a plant dies it's not through strangulation !!!   

Bedding Plants

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:31

hi and thanks for all the replies.

I am going to keep putting my son's baskets under cover for a few more days then see what happens after that. I bought far too many (as usual) and have had to keep some myself as he has a Labrador pup (which is the size of a small pony !!) that eats anything at ground level so he can't have anything in pots at the moment. Made an executive decision and put some in my own pots so we will see what happens tonight. If it's really cold overnight, they probably won't survive (I hope they will because they were expensive). I may cover them with fleece and keep my fingers crossed. This time last year they were already in his garden and doing well because it was much warmer than it is now. Global warming my foot    

Bedding Plants

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:05

hello all, I have given up myself trying to keep bedding plants from being battered by the peculiar weather the last few years, I have just recently (last Saturday to be precise) potted up some Summer bedding plants for my Son into willow planters to be hung around the wall of his garden. I have started trying to harden them off but due to the cold evenings we are still having in Wales haven't yet left them outside all night. If it's not wind/rain it's cold clear skies more like March than June. His garden is enclosed on all sides and is paved so keeps the heat better than mine (we are very exposed). I haven't bought any really tender plants they are Verbena, at the moment they are kept in an unheated greenhouse overnight. Should I try leaving them out all night tonight and see what happens and if they are ok, how long should I do this for before putting them in his garden ??



Geraniums & dahlias

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 09:42

hello, I don't have any dahlias but my pelargoniums don't turn brown that quickly either. the flowers last longer than your seem to have. I know you should deadhead in order for the plant to produce new flowers but it seems as though you are having problems, is it only the white varieties that are doing that ??  are you able to take and post pics for us to see what you mean ???

Geraniums & dahlias

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:41

is the foliage discoloured as well ???

Information please

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:40

have only just logged on read your question all the answers. this plant hasn't been poisoned. it has flowered, the petals drop then you're left with the seed heads which if left on the plant will eventually turn brown and disperse the seeds all over the garden. you can cut the stalks down if they are unsightly and also trim all the foliage back to ground level to tidy them up. they will then re-grow new foliage but won't flower again this year. you can buy plant supports which if put around the plant before they grow too high will support the foliage and flowers which then stop them becoming untidy looking, you need to do this at the start of the growing season. I wouldn't send plant or soil off for analysis you would be wasting your money, this is the way these plants grow, I have a border full of them.

hope this helps      

What to do with laburnum?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:53

that's a fab tree would love one but think my garden's on the small size unfortunately. I am a great believer in leaving things as they are regardless of whether something is deemed poisonous or not. I'm sure most plants would upset you if you took to trying numerous samples of them, but because we are taught not to do that, we know better. Obviously if the tree is dangerous then it has to come out, but otherwise l'd trim it and see what happens. the key is to teach whatever children visit your garden about the dangers but not get too paranoid about everything, after all growing up and messing about in the dirt/fields never did us any harm and we didn't have the anti-bacterial hand washes that everyone uses nowadays, all too frequently if you ask me 

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