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Propagators, is it worth it?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 13:54

Im thinking of getting one for my small garden. I usually use my radiators for heat but with variying success. I don't really have much space to store or use on in the flat so am a bit unsure if it is worth the money. Any advise? I would use it for tomatoes and similar plants that need a bit of heat.

When to prune a grapevine Dornfelder

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 18:37

Finally there was a clear day here in Bristol so the Grape vine has been pruned. Hopefully the haircut will not cause it to pop its clogs. Got about 3/4 of a waste bag full of branches.

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 14:36

It hasn't flowered for year. My plan was to prune it back to the new shoots coming from the old wood to improve the look of it but am unsure of what time of year to do it.

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 14:21


I have an quite neglected lavender (ice blue I think it might be called) that seems to have decided to start to sprout from the hardwood. As it looks quite bad should I give it a trim now or hold off till the spring?

Water from a dehumidifier

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:04

Hi, I have recently bought a dehumidifier for my flat and wonder can I use the water from it to water my pot plants and things like blueberries plus my iron.

When to prune a grapevine Dornfelder

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 23:57

Thank you. I probably need to remove quite a lot of it this winter. i need to figure out how to retrain it. Currently there is a ledge behind I which doesn't help.

As for what I use them for, I just eat them. I love the fact that I can just go out in the garden and pick thi


Wormery design

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 23:51

I think if I add some kind of stopper to the one I have it would work. I have some old cable holder that if turned upside down would do the job.

Wormery design

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 15:12

I have had a wormery for several years now but the compost is never as good as I expected it to be. This year I have left it for the last 8 weeks pretty much to its own devises and lo and behold the top tier of the bin has very nice compost whilst the bottom one is very compact and there is still the odd bit left in it. There are quite a lot of worms in it now (had a bit of a worm collapse the other year) but they seem to struggle a bit at the bottom layers.

After thinking a bit why the top tier is dong quite well and the bottom one not I suspect that my cheapo wormery might need something to keep the trays further apart. when stacked together they more less or have a couple of centimetres between them and I am starting to suspect the reason the bottom layer never really gets very good is that it becomes too compact due to the trays squashing them down (in addition to my excessive tea consumption, probably 50% of the stuff in there is tea leaves).

So my question is does more expensive wormeries have quite a gap between the tiers allowing the worms to get about their business without having the weight of the world over them? Mine came from Stokes Worms (no defunct) 

When to prune a grapevine Dornfelder

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 15:01


I have a dornfelder grapevine and it it growing rather rampantly. It is about 4 years old and getting a bit out of control. I have (ehum) not pruned it just let it get on with it. As it is getting everywhere and blocking light out to the border I need to rein it in a bit. When would be a good time to try to get some kind of framework done? The various branches probably reaches at least 20 odd meters.

The grapes also tends to be rather small but that might be because I either pick them too early or let too many ripen. When do people pick theirs? I start in September.

unknown geranium

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:13
Thank you Jo47. It looks very much like that. I knew you lot would come up trumps!

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