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Alternative to usual shed roof felting

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 11:00

PVC roofing (the corrugating stuff) over the wooden roof, covered with a perlite/vermiculite/sharp sand/compost mix (30/30/10/30 mix) and planted with sedums  topped with washed sharp sand.

Talkback: How to repot orchids

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:54

depends on the orchid, moth orchids like light on their roots (they can use them for photosynthesis) where as slipper orchids (or hardy ones) need to be in a well draining soil (they're the ones that form bulbs).

feed only during the summer (May to September is best) during winter only water once a week, but light misting daily is best - done in the morning so it has time to dry before the cold of night hits

my orchids are moth orchids, I took them out their pots in spring and attached them to a big chunk of bark with fishing line, they're rooting into the bark now so in the spring I'll remove the line and they'll support themselves.

they're also about to break into flower (as I bought them as plants with no idea of colours it should be interesting what I get!)


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:33

sprinkle the hottest chilli powder you can get in the soil, you have to reapply after rain, but it only takes the cat once to learn that depositing in that area leaves a burn!

Is it too cold to do hedge cutting?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 14:23

cutting hedges when there is a chance of nesting birds is illegal under the wildlife and countryside act, that's why hedges shouldn't be hard cut (or cut with a flail) between early February and late October.

I have reported numerous farmers and two local authorities (one which I was working for at the time!) in the past - three prosecutions took place. 

trimming is acceptable only after a survey has been done to make sure there are no active nests.

Preparation for Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 14:16

hawthorn is hardy stuff, plant it and mulch around it (you want to reduce completion for light, water and nutrients)

I wouldn't use weed control fabric under the mulch, unless its the biodegradable stuff, I tend to use double layered corrugated cardboard as it controls for over a year and rots away once its jobs done

don't plant in one straight line either, if you zig zag plant about 30cm apart is perfect for getting a good a thick hedge faster and it also makes it easier to lay in 20 years or so!  

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 11:27

sloes are about the size of a marble, damsons are more ping pong sized fruit

grape for a polytunnel

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 13:07

I have double doors at both ends of the polytunnel, so ventilation shouldn't be a problem Muscat Hamburg sounds good, i'll have to google it 

Students after feedback on greenhouse ideas

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:25


One last question

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:14



grape for a polytunnel

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:07

i'm thinking of growing a grape in my large polytunnel (15 foot by 30 foot), I've grown grapes in the past in green house, but that was insulated during winter, the polytunnel wont be.

I was thinking an outdoor variety? can anyone recommend a red/black grape for a polytunnel (will have to be a dessert grape, i'm not making red wine!)

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grape for a polytunnel

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