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Latest posts by steephill

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 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!  

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.

Bird feeder video

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:34

A video of birds at one of my feeders. A bit like watching paint dry but I enjoy seeing what comes for a free feed.

To drench or not to drench a rhoddie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 09:36

If you are using a chemical pesticide like Provado then you can repeat every 4 months. If you are using nematodes then you need to wait until the soil is warmer.

Cheapo PID Controllers for horticultural controls?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 23:51

I used to use these to build temperature controlled environments 25 years ago where I was looking to keep within +\- 0.005C of set point. Wow have they ever come down in price! Much cheaper than those basic thermostats sold with soil warming kits. I'm tempted to build myself one now.

Discussions started by steephill

Helping with the deadheading

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Last Post: 18/08/2015 at 19:24

Multi-bum stawberries

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Last Post: 02/06/2015 at 17:13

Honey Bee swarms

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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 20:29

Last year's carrots

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Last Post: 14/04/2015 at 21:29

Bird feeder video

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Last Post: 31/03/2015 at 14:14

Problem viewing on Android tablet

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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Last Post: 06/02/2014 at 18:32

Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Last Post: 28/09/2013 at 11:21

Strange broad bean

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Slow worms and roe deer

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Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:26

Air pots

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Bean confession

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