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by Kristen
Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:47 am
Forum: HTUK Member Blogs
Topic: Yorkshire Kris blog: Cow protection
Replies: 1487
Views: 56041

Re: Yorkshire Kris blog: Cow protection

But do I need the the water to drain that quickly away? Hard to tell, but over time the gravel-only solution will silt up. You are right about the raised beds draining well. I have raised beds in my vegetable garden, they are only a few inches (I dug the paths out, and put the soil on the beds, so ...
by Kristen
Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ideas for hiding pots?
Replies: 8
Views: 928

Re: Ideas for hiding pots?

I've got some 3-ply 3-sided "boxes" around mine. Allows me to change the "Inner" periodically through the year, as I have several "coming on" round the back, and then just put the front-cover on to smarten it up. http://kgarden.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/img_6730_versaillestubs.jpg?w=707&h=800 http...
by Kristen
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: HTUK Member Blogs
Topic: Yorkshire Kris blog: Cow protection
Replies: 1487
Views: 56041

Re: Yorkshire Kris blog March gardening, sleeper video 2

Have you thought about putting perforated drainage pipe in the channels at the bottom of the ditches? It's available fairly cheaply at most builders merchants and I think it would drain better than just gravel which may get silted up. If I was going to cover the drainage area with soil I would have...
by Kristen
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Warm watering .......
Replies: 11
Views: 1142

Re: Warm watering .......

Dave has described it in some threads, a quick search turned up these two:

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... f=1&t=7751

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... 18#p180218
by Kristen
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ricinus seedling question
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: Ricinus seedling question

I agree, I take the view that you can prick-out anything up to its seed leaves - even Cucumber which has a reputation for stem rot.
by Kristen
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: 4.5 months in a straw cocoon, opening the Dicksonia antarctica. Spring 2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1421

Re: 4.5 months in a straw cocoon, opening the Dicksonia anta

None of mine have been covered at all last winter, are all in pristine condition Mine were too until the frosts of last week :( They were covered in fleece - might they have dried out too much under the fleece in the last few weeks - after rain all winter very little in the last few weeks, and I ha...
by Kristen
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arundo donax
Replies: 22
Views: 1304

Re: Arundo donax

I grow, and really like, Miscanthus sacchariflorus - a tall grass. Not as tall as Arundo donax, not with canes as thick, but pretty dramatic nonetheless.
by Kristen
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Dahlias again.
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Dahlias again.

jungle jas wrote:I was left with some single tubers which broke off the main clumps when posted, will these grow if potted up or do they need a bit of the old stem which is where the Dahlias seem to be sprouting from
They won't grow, they need stem. I wouldn't waste the growing space potting them up.
by Kristen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Anyone rent a polytunnel/growing space?
Replies: 10
Views: 1246

Re: Anyone rent a polytunnel/growing space?

Allotment? You'd be able to put a poly tunnel on there, but security might be an issue, and if this is a commercial venture then it would be frowned on.

What about that Land Share thingie that Channel-4 started?
http://www.landshare.net/
by Kristen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 25
Views: 1065

Re: Orchids

Wyevale here have a huge display of Orchids, all tropical, Cattleyas, Cambrias, Phaelanopsis, Miltonia and Dendrobiums, all for Mothers Day obviously but the prices, none above £20 is good value, if you can keep them. My Wyevale sold off their Cymbidums for £3 each after they finished flowering. Fr...
by Kristen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Auto vent opener
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Auto vent opener

samtobuk wrote:Can anyone recommend from experience a reliable but cheapish vent opener
Pick one!

I use Bayliss
by Kristen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: your motivation and style...
Replies: 20
Views: 1199

Re: your motivation and style...

was asked at work today why I bothered with the cost, effort, some disappointment anda lot of time involved in growing what I do What were they comparing to? Golf? Tinkering with cars / bikes? Drinking? Down the gym? Its all the same, isn't it? At least with a garden you have something to show for ...
by Kristen
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arundo donax
Replies: 22
Views: 1304

Re: Arundo donax

Brummie Brian wrote:avoid the variegated species
:shock:

I think it looks nice - Will Giles has one with a Green one behind (sorry, not that easy to see from this photo)

Image
by Kristen
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arundo donax
Replies: 22
Views: 1304

Re: Arundo donax

I've got Green and Variegated in front. First year grew well, last (second) year was pathetic - only 3 shoots on the green, but they are a good 12' high. Still there of course as the winter was so mild. This year will tell if it is going to get established, or not. I wonder if I did not water it eno...