steephill


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Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 22:35

By privacy do you mean hide the fence and wall behind? I would cut them down to about a foot high to encourage thicker growth. Laurel is a vigorous fast grower and responds well to heavy pruning. I have cut down much larger laurel and they always respond by growing even more strongly. Don't worry about loosing all the height you paid for, that has meant strong roots.

Unidentified seedlings

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 22:26

Agapanthus?

Last year's carrots

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:40

Given the size of the carrots they will be very small flowers indeed . They were part of a novelty colourful veg seed collection I got as a joke pressy so no great loss. 

Last year's carrots

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:29

I sowed some purple carrots in a container last year but only got very small carrots so didn't bother to harvest them. The roots left over the winter are now sprouting again. If I let them grow (with feeding and watering) will I get larger carrots this year? 

Computers in gardening

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:55

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Form would seem to be pretty close to ideal for you. Much as I enjoy browsing through the A-Z it is very handy to do a quick check via the web.

Bird feeder video

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 17:31

I put sunflower hearts into the feeder, any spills rapidly get mopped up by wood pigeons, blackbirds and chaffinches. A couple of weeks ago a pheasant took up residence under the feeder for a few days.

new house new garden and unknown plants

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:54

Can't help with the weeds but the bush is a nice camellia with lots of flowers waiting to burst out.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 16:59

Literally watching seeds grow - a time lapse video of a bean seed germinating. Took me about 6 hours to make but only takes a minute to watch. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/72183576  

Providing water for bees and insects

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 13:53

I had no idea that bees needed water until I saw them on an old growbag sucking up water from the damp compost. The growbag was on a tray which held rainwater and kept the contents moist. After seeing this I leave an old growbag in a tray for them every year and keep it topped up with water. 

Bird feeder video

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 21:47

I used a GoPro for this video. It has a very wide lens so needs to be placed very close to the feeder but the birds don't seem to mind.

Discussions started by steephill

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Last year's carrots

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Bird feeder video

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