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Air pots

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:37

Or just let the pots dry out to let the air in . I like the fact that the air pots are constant diameter, makes more efficient use of floor space in the greenhouse. I have never really understood why pots taper down just as the roots are doing the exact opposite!

Air pots

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:43

Any experience here with air pots? I saw some on Beechgrove the other week where they were used to grow giant veg. I was thinking about trying tomatoes in them.

As they aren't exactly cheap I wondered about their longevity.

sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 12:02

It is amazing the stuff that gets dumped in gardens. I found two sailing dinghies and trailers buried under rhodos and conifers and the remains of a caravan which had been burnt down about 6 inches under the surface. Trying to dig a plot found chain link fencing buried about a foot down as well as miles of wire. Another patch yielded enough stone to build a wall round my greenhouse. There are also several piles of bricks and tiles hidden in the undergrowth. The previous owner was in the building trade you won't be surprised to hear!


Posted: 17/04/2013 at 11:52

Shotgun? Pigeons are a real pest at the moment with buds. Your tree is small enough to net but it would be ugly. You could try hanging CDs from it like some demented Xmas decorations.

allium purple sensation and irises taking over my small garden

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 11:49

Lucky you! Many of us would love to have that problem. Not letting them set seed will reduce the problem in future and it should be easy to pull up seedlings but how about potting some up and giving to friends etc.? Your irises sound like they are doing just fine too. You could lift and divide them in a year or so, search the site for a "how to" on that.

Strawberry plants dying

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:00
Check the compost for vine weevils, they are a major pest which eats the roots. Your plants will suddenly wilt and die once the root destruction becomes terminal.

crinodendron recovery

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:17

I have two specimens growing in my garden, both about 12ft high but they are at least 25 years old. I have acid soil which they like and it is also reasonably moist. I think moisture might be the key thing for your potted specimen - don't let it dry out.

Bees love the flowers which are jewel like - solid, firm almost artificial looking flowers which the bees wriggle into for the nectar.

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:43
Bear in mind that the law has changed regarding hedge height. Anything over 2 metres could now be challenged. Something shorter but closer might be more effective.

Location, Location, Location.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:31

Lots of interesting information there but did you mean to give away your email address? I presume that the link you gave has your login details which you might not want to share with the world.

Glamis Castle Walled Garden Restoration project

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 14:52

Brings back happy memories of Glamis - friends used to live in the thatched cottage next door to the "Strathy" (Strathmore Arms).

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