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Latest posts by staffsmags

Bird Boxes

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:40

I would like to put up a bluetit box and a sparrow box set.   Must they be emptied out and cleaned regularly?  I have good places to site one of each but would have to get someone to put them up, and then I wouldn't be able to reach them for 'maintenance'. Should I go ahead and get boxes put up?  Advice welcome, thanks, Maggie

bay tree

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:26

Thanks Alina W. You have reasured me that I can spray my bay nobilis to try to rid it of whatever bug is folding over the leaves. I will gather and dry some good leaves first to use for the next 3+ months.  Maggie

Can I reuse, or should I discard?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 17:29

Thanks for your replies.  I always store everything in the garage overwinter. The pots were new this year so this time I will give the pots a wash with Jeyes Fluid and store them outside. The stakes I will throw away as they are old. And the compost is always new. Thanks again.  Maggie

Can I reuse, or should I discard?

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 14:08

I always keep the stakes to reuse next year. But is this a good idea?  Every year my tomatoes get Blight. And what about the containers I grow the tomatoes in? I always  wash these out before storing. Thanks for advice. Maggie

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:29

I listen to Radio 4 Gardners Question time most weeks.  Some local BBC radio stations also have good gardening programmes - I listen to BBC R.Leicester Down to Earth which is on most Sundays at 12.00. I like that because it is more general to the area to my home. I've picked up very helpful tips from both programmes.  Maggie

Grey Water

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:23

Thanks very much for interesting advice. And thanks for the link Kate1123.   Now I know what to do. Maggie

Grey Water

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 17:30

I have heard that it is ok to use bath water and washing machine rinsing water in the garden. Does this include water that has soaps, body wash/oils/radox?  Is it ok to use  only that for watering pots all the time?   I know this will have been asked before but I can't find a searching section on  the forum - sorry. Thanks, Maggie

Using rusty tools

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 17:52

Many thanks Palaisglide

Using rusty tools

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 15:22

I have been given an old galvanised watering can, but there is a lot of rust in the bottom. It is watertight.  Is it ok to use?  Anything the rustiness will do good or anything it will do harm?  Very many thanks, Maggie

small tree suggestions please

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 10:31

Thats wonderful help, everyone. Thanks very much.  Maggie

Discussions started by staffsmags

Big Begonias

To pinch out or not to pinch out? 
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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 18:56

crown imperal lillies

no flowers this year 
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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 21:11

Begonia Tubers

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Last Post: 11/03/2014 at 18:49


How often to use it? 
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Last Post: 23/02/2014 at 19:29

miserable strawberry leaves

can I remove dead/dying leaves now? 
Replies: 5    Views: 243
Last Post: 03/02/2014 at 20:28

first earlies

Which varieties do you like best? 
Replies: 6    Views: 274
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 19:58

hyacinth flowers

flowers shrivelled before fully formed 
Replies: 6    Views: 299
Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 22:48


What to do with flowering alstromarea? 
Replies: 11    Views: 513
Last Post: 15/11/2013 at 12:52

aquelegia flowering now

what to do with flowering aquelegia 
Replies: 5    Views: 249
Last Post: 13/11/2013 at 13:02


Hyacinths with side shoots 
Replies: 2    Views: 240
Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 14:13


bulb fibre or multi-purpose ? 
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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 11:03


can I eat the bulb? 
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Last Post: 26/07/2013 at 23:49

horse manure in plastic bags

How to store? 
Replies: 4    Views: 470
Last Post: 23/07/2013 at 16:15

money tree / jade plant

persuading to flower? 
Replies: 6    Views: 556
Last Post: 21/07/2013 at 21:49


Am I to Early? 
Replies: 3    Views: 380
Last Post: 12/04/2013 at 17:56
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