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Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:11

I started with a Hozelok kit which included a range of drippers from single flow rate to adjustable types. It included a pressure regulator for tap connection. It even has a mini sprinkler on a spike which is a bit much for use on the greenhouse but would be more useful on a veg bed.

I also had a couple of Hozelok timers but they both failed after a few years. One was left out too long and froze so user error there but the other developed faulty switching on the solenoid valve. I tried opened up the broken one for spare parts and found out how cheaply made they were and gave up on them.

The Galcon stuff looks good but may be overkill for watering a few tomatoes in a small greenhouse. Had a look at the Antelco website too, lots of bits for making a custom setup but looks to be a business site rather than for retail sales.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:42

A Singing Ringing tree. Probably just gave away my age!

Apple tree

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:32

How close are they to each other? If the Salix and Hydrangea are mature I would have expected the apple to be suffering rather than the other way round.

Chilean Lantern Tree - crinodendron hookerianum

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 11:40

It isn't really a pot plant as it grows into a large shrub, mine are around 12 feet tall. I expect it would be OK in a large pot for a few years before it outgrew it though. I get some dieback on the tallest shoots in a hard winter but otherwise they are very tough. I have acid soil and a reasonably damp climate for the Surrey/Sussex borders. 

First thing to check when any pot plant dies is for signs of vine weevil. These horrible little blighters will destroy anything in a pot.

I need help! Base for Greenhouse

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:13

Depending on the size of the concrete slab I would suggest topping it up with another layer of concrete to get a level surface. Alternatively lay a couple of courses of bricks to form a new base for the greenhouse, taking care to make them level and square. In either case simply screw the greenhouse onto the base using Rawlplugs in the holes you drill in the concrete/brick or fixings like these You could lay a bead of mastic under the frame before you screw it down for added security and sealing.

Tree advice

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:05

Crab apple on M9 rootstock - flowers in Spring and fruit for jelly and for the birds.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:38

There are timers around which will do what you want. I have a Gardena timer which can be set for a variety of on times ranging from 1 to 120 minutes. It can also be set to operate on different days of the week rather than every day.

The optimum volume of water will vary depending on weather, aspect, shelter etc. so it is worth experimenting as far as possible in advance to find out what works best. If in doubt less is better than more.

Pruning Alder

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:15

You can coppice alder. Leave it until the Autumn then cut it down to about 6 inches high. It will then re-grow with multiple stems. You can repeat the process every 5 years.


Ilex aquifolium golden king

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:53

Golden Queen? Two very misnamed varieties.

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