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Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:40

I have some short videos of hedgehogs in my garden but they won't upload. Anyone else had success?

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:24

If you want to reduce the amount of compost in the pot, for economy or weight reasons, then adding coarse material in the bottom of pots will work, but what it does not do is improve drainage. Wisley, and many others, have been trying to get rid of this myth for some time. Google "perched water table" and you will see lots of discussions on it. The alpine group at Wisley used to demonstrate to visitors pouring water into identical pots, 1 with crocks and 1 without. The former holds onto more water than the latter, because it sits at the change in growing medium. What it does do is prevent water-logging by takeup from below, which can be useful, and means things like hanging baskets need watering less often, but it actually impedes drainage.

Blippar for Tablets and Phones

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 23:11

The current magazine is promoting Blippar for phones and tablets. What about those of us that prefer laptops or do not have the other means of access. Are we getting less for our subscription money or did I miss it in the magazine?

Damaged water butt

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:17

You might find a hot glue gun would do a reasonable repair too. Depends on what your butt is made of and how old. Make sure the area is "very" clean before you try any repair especially if we are talking plastic.

Pruning/cutting a 50yr apple tree

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:24

Might reporting the bats affect how you handle your apple tree?

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:14

Good at the bottom of runner bean trenches too.

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:13

Good at the bottom of runner nean trenches too.


Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:00

Should have said the photo was through a double glazed window, so not as sharp as it could be. I have some videos too but at a minute or so plus they may be too long for this forum, and don't know how to remove the background noise from indoors.


Posted: 21/11/2013 at 22:57

Red Sentinel is a stunner. In a mild year the fruit may hang around until the next blossom and you have to pull them off, and they are still almost ascherry red as in the autumn, and on long stems too. In a cold year the "thrushes" hopefully move in and you will get a wildlife spectacular. It took a flock of 30 or so 4 days to strip mine in January 2010, Gorgeous is supposed to be similar but mine is too young at present.

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 21:15

What has happened to the drains. Old ones were rigid clay pipes with many joints. A bit of heave from a passing root and "crack", the joint opens and Luvly the plant says, with a steady feed supply. If you now have modern replacement long PVC runs with few and flexible joints, much of your problem may have gone. Most trees that grow near water such as willow and poplar have searching roots, so avoid water-side trees. Surface rooters like silver birch may be OK. Cherries grow far and wide like all suckering shrubs and trees, amd want to take over the world, but may not go deep enough to bother the drains much, so don't assume spread is the same as deep rooting unless your drains are very shallow because of the rock.

Discussions started by trillium2cv

Blippar for Tablets and Phones

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Last Post: 01/03/2014 at 10:31

Talkback: Autumn crocus pot display

Looks a funny autumn crocus to me. More like Pickwick. 
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Last Post: 07/09/2013 at 12:39

Talkback: How to plant gladioli corms

I don't know who prepares these articles but if the corms are 6" deep in the picture then they are truly massive corms and the hand is sever... 
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