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Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:44

Have a look at some of the recommendations for the hotter Southern US states - Aparagus beans also known as yardlong beans seem to do well with high heat and humidity. Lima beans (butter beans) might also work.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:27

Have a look at the fuel filter before you get rid of it. It is probably a small porous stone type on the end of the supply pipe inside the fuel tank. It will likely be blocked with gum from the fuel. These are very cheap to buy and easy to fit.

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:23

I run a lot of drippers off a single pressure reducer. I feed several hanging baskets 6 large pots and over a dozen drippers in the greenhouse. 

Try turning off the first two drippers so that the only open one is your end dripper. That may be enough to force the flow through.

Are all your drippers at the same height?


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 22:38

Distance doesn't matter, the important thing is getting levels right. Just use garden hose to connect butts together. Make sure that the full level is the same height for all.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:35

You might have the wrong climate for runner beans, they don't like it too hot and will not fruit if it is too hot. For example they won't thrive in a greenhouse in the UK. Although they originate from a similar latitude to Sierra Leone (Central America) they come from the mountains where it is cooler. What are your daily high and low temperatures?


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:22

It is a cuckoo bee. Very interesting creatures but not if you are a bumble bee. All part of life though.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 00:00

Sounds way too expensive for most people. And it looks a bit small for pro work. Have a look on YouTube for lots of other diy examples using electric saws and all sorts of other motors.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:49

In the past few years I have enjoyed growing my own International Kidney (Jersey Royal), Red Duke of York, Arran Pilot, Kestrel and Charlotte. Lots of useful info here



Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:41

Lots of UK vinyards are now successfully growing classic red wine varieties such as Pinot Noir outdoors, mainly for the sparkling wine trade. You will also find many other red varieties like Rondo and Triomphe d'Alsace. I don't think we'll see Cab Sav or Merlot vintages any time soon but the future does look promising. Several big Champagne houses are buying land in the SE of England because of its potential - same geology as the Champagne region and already producing superb wine (try Nyetimber). The weather isn't always good enough though and last year many vinyards didn't harvest any grapes at all.

The Romans grew vines for wine as far noth as Yorkshire but I would guess that your plant is a dessert type and really needs the shelter of a greenhouse. You can grow them as standards which would take up less room.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 09:43

More spam, or maybe we all need a holiday from kitchen spam .

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