sthlndngrower


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reduced plants at b and q

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 20:50

half my garden has been filled with B&Q bargains including some nice shrubs which have really filled out. occasionally i do see something reduced with no sings of life, but I've done well with the ones I've bought, as long as there's some sign of life, it's worth getting it and with a little TLC it'll soon be on its way.

I've also had trays of primroses (6 or more) for 30p, so if one or two don't make it, it's hardly a problem. last autumn i got a poorly looking clematis for 99p which has since perked up. Love B&Q! 

Raised beds

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 16:28

really useful thread, just pinnging so i can find it again later.

Rose ID

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 11:39

Hi,

would it be worth contacting David Austen themselves? they may have a record of your order or at least be better able to ID it.

I just logged into my crocus account and can see all past orders which is useful because I also mislay plant labels and often forget what i've planted esp. when they're dormant.

Bay tree close to house...

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:17

i had a large bay in my garden, very close to the house. it was a lovely shape and i tried to keep it in check, but over several years it got way beyond me being able to do this- 30ft +.

In the end i had it cut down, and now regret it, I would if given the choice, try and keep it in check, but be aware it's something you'd need to keep on top of.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:12

Many thanks fro all your suggestions- great idea to use to insulate around pots.

I've done a bit of investigating, they're biodegradable eco loose fill peanuts, either vegetable starch or paper based.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 16:36

Hi,

doing some Christmas shopping online and some items have arrives in a box cushioned in light green foamy things that look a bit like the corn snack wotsits.

I'm not sure what these are made, but just wondered if anyone knows the things I mean and whether or not they can go in the compost?

PS-I will try calling the company it came from on Monday to see if they know, but in the meantime thought it'd be worthwhile throwing the question to you knowledgeable folks here.

fruit cage advice please

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 15:19

good point- many thanks Lesley

fruit cage advice please

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 12:16

thank you all so much for your advice... I hadn't realised steel would need repainting- thought it might be worth getting as the stronger option. I think I will probably go for the aluminium one, much as I'd like to think I'd fashion something myself out of pipe, bits of wood/ wire/ net etc., if I can afford it I’ll go for the easier option. not sure my DIY skills are quite up to building my own.

Thanks again as always- advice & sharing of expertise and experiences on this forum is always kind and very much welcomed.

 

fruit cage advice please

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 15:04

HI,

am considering getting a fruit cage for the lottie, and looking at a few websites I'm wondering- do you leave them up permanently or dismantle to store for winter once cropping is finished? How long would you expect it to last if left out all year? I've seen some advertised that are galvanised steel, others galvanised aluminium, powder coated.... 

the main dictate will be price, but i'd be keen to hear your views and advice.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 09:06

I think in the end the tomatoes in the grow bags did the best Michael. Can't remember which episode this was in, but most are still available on Iplayer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mw1h/episodes/guide#b01r95fl

 

 

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