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pancake day

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 10:13

Like Dove we'll be having savoury pancakes followed by sweet ones. Not sure what will go in them though as OH will be cooking. However, we're going on holiday tomorrow and he will be using up all the leftovers so I can make some guesses! We have cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and blueberries and cream among other things.

Squirrel Sabotage of my Wildflower meadow

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 16:25

My mother had terrible problems with squirrels digging up her tulip bulbs in containers and solved this by putting mesh just below the surface of the compost. The mesh she used was specially sold for this purpose and had spiky bits sticking up and pegs to keep it down but it should be pretty easy to improvise something similar. Because the mesh is below the soil level it isn't visible at all.

Can you Identify this Jasmine & Share any tips?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 16:07

It definitely looks like jasminum polyanthum to me. Jasminum offcianale is deciduous so surely wouldn't have leaves at this time of year?

I have both - the polyanthum comes into the conservatory over the winter and is outside in the summer. Mine flowers from November to March on and off.

Used growbags

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 10:29

Hi Dago. I think you may be paying too much for your grobags. Round here they seem to be £2.99 each at the moment and will probably be on an even better offer at the time most people are buying. Why not try an experiment and reuse some and compare with using new?

I did an experiment last year comparing the ordinary grobags (which always look very small to me) with the "giant tomato planters". To my surprise the ordinary bags did marginally better and were a lot cheaper so I won't be wasting my money on the giant planters this year!

What is this?

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 19:25

I have an orange one which a friend bought for me in Tesco so maybe try there. Mine was bought in July and is still flowering so has done pretty well!

greenhouse thermometer

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 10:51

I'm sure the "Luddite" comment was meant to be tongue in cheek! From what I can see from Chuff's posts he/she has only been posting on here for a week so perhaps we should be a bit more welcoming.

Having said that, I have max/min sensors all over the house, outside and in the greenhouses but just monitor them by eye so I'm afraid I can't help with the OPs question.

Beginner with a greenhouse

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 10:40

Hi Newbee3, don't prune your group 1 clematis until after it has flowered because it flowers on the old wood. They don't really need pruning much unless they are getting unmanageably big but if you do want to prune it then June is probably the best time.

This link gives some advice on pruning a group 1 clematis: 


Grow box with monitoring and remote control system

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 09:45

OH was reading me an article from his technology magazine about something similar to this. It seemed to be being designed for commercial growing in countries where water is in short supply. They appeared to have concluded that they didn't even need a growing medium if the right nutrients etc. were pumped into the air. Plants were suspended with the roots absorbing everything from the air around them.

It sounds rather too complicated for amateur growing though and I'm afraid I wasn't listening all that carefully....

Problems with a dragon tree

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 09:40

I have two which have survived years of neglect in conditions which are far from ideal. One is usually kept in the conservatory and gets too much heat and light and the other is in a dark window. Both go outside during the summer though.

This year I couldn't find them house room for the winter so they are in my frost free greenhouse. They are looking very sad though so I don't think it is warm enough for them. I'm afraid I won't be very sad it they don't survive.


Posted: 28/01/2016 at 09:35

I have groups of harlequin ladybirds hibernating in my porch every year and I've never been bitten! The only time I remember being bitten by ladybirds was in the drought summer of 1976 when there were swarms of them over the beach in Brighton and they were biting everyone. No allergic reaction then but that might have been before harlequins arrived?

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