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by Kristen
Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Concrete block decking piers.
Replies: 21
Views: 4500

Re: Concrete block decking piers.

No idea if relevant / appropriate, but you can get get cardboard tubes for forming concrete. Dig a hole,place cardboard tube in it (and above ground up to height of timer work) and pour concrete into the tube. I used 4" drainage pipe here under the "feet" of my pergola. Got the pipe spot-on level an...
by Kristen
Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Watch out overnight, the stars come out to play
Replies: 176
Views: 8337

Re: Watch out overnight, the stars come out to play

-1.5C - first sub-zero since 21 January (-2C)

Had sub-zero on 12-Jan (-2C) and 19 (-1C) & 20-Nov (-2C) - that's it ... so far :)
by Kristen
Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cardoons for Heavy Clay
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: Cardoons for Heavy Clay

miketropic wrote: best to pop them on a heat mat or just let them go?
I would have sowed them indoors for sure, so either at room temperature, or on a heat mat, sorry can't remember which. I would have pricked out, probably direct to 3" pots, and then planted out from there when "big enough"
by Kristen
Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: HTUK web/forum Technical Stuff and Help (public)
Topic: picture size
Replies: 14
Views: 3219

Re: picture size

You probably aren't looking for A.N.Other Image tool, but just in case you / someone else is then I can recommend http://www.irfanview.com/ I find it handy for Crop, reduce to max 800 wide or 600 high, and Save with reduction to 70% It also has quite a lot of other gadgets for messing with photos an...
by Kristen
Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Buying replacement plastic greenhouse panels
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Buying replacement plastic greenhouse panels

Definitely silicon Polycarb in, otherwise it will blow out (or more correctly the wind blowing over it will make it bow, due to "lift" like an aeroplane wing, and then it won't be in good contact with the clips and will pop out. The Silicon should will stop it moving in the first place :) ) Toughene...
by Kristen
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cardoons for Heavy Clay
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: Cardoons for Heavy Clay

I sowed mine on 11-Mar (2012), so I reckon "about now" would be right.
by Kristen
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cardoons for Heavy Clay
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: Cardoons for Heavy Clay

I grew mine from seed. Got a dozen or plants (forgotten exact how many) from a packet of seed which probably cost a couple of quid. They got to "pretty much full size" in the first year. I only grew them as in-fill plants in the first year when the Exotic Border was brand new, and thus the big plant...
by Kristen
Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Britain on course for hottest ever summer [Daily Mail]
Replies: 17
Views: 1769

Re: Britain on course for hottest ever summer [Daily Mail]

The article does have some credibility actually. I dont agree with the 75% chance figure but we surely have a high chance compared to normal. There is an accumulation of factors that could indeed see some quite remarkable temperatures this summer. Presumably, similarly, there were indicators, last ...
by Kristen
Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cyperus Papyrus from seed
Replies: 19
Views: 3694

Re: Cyperus Papyrus from seed

My notebook dates from last year are

09-Mar Sowed
18-Mar Germinated
14-Apr Pricked out
by Kristen
Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Britain on course for hottest ever summer [Daily Mail]
Replies: 17
Views: 1769

Re: Britain on course for hottest ever summer [Daily Mail]

Beats me why anyone buys such junk. Daily Mail sales desperate so inventing sensational headlines to sell papers as per Daily Express? 19 May 2012 - followed by wettest Summer in memory http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eRRyRq-UMPU/T9MCgAm_zaI/AAAAAAAAC6k/0BPpwirRaUo/s400/120519exp.jpg 14 Nov 2013 - and we ...
by Kristen
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Tetrapanax Root propagation
Replies: 8
Views: 1155

Re: Tetrapanax Root propagation

When I lifted my T Rex, a first-year plant that I had plunge planted in its pot so that it could come in for "just one more Winter" before being planted out) some roots have grown over the top of the pot and got bust during lifting. Got loads of new plants from them the following spring. So might do...
by Kristen
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cleomes
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Cleomes

They are very easy from seed. I've never stratified them though and not had any problems germinating them. Same here, I grow them each year. I prefer the White to the mixed / pink and grow C. Helen Campbell (from Moles Seeds) not a particularly good photo, but Cleome on the right, and droopy heads ...
by Kristen
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:00 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Gardeners World 2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2340

Re: Gardeners World 2014

Granted they featured a garden that showed some of the types of plants that we on this forum like to grow. Then they breeze through it with little if any reference to the plants displayed,let alone any care or cutural tips to encourage others to try with these beautiful examples! They frequently sa...
by Kristen
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Gardeners World 2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2340

Re: Gardeners World 2014

I would love to have a Knot garden, and use Light / Dark colours to emphasise the "Under" / "Over" threads. Perhaps based on a Celtic pattern

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by Kristen
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Gardeners World 2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2340

Re: Gardeners World 2014

To be fair he's finaly got rid of it all and burnt all the box! Must be quite sad for him Agreed, he said that he planted them out 15 years ago and my eldest will be 15 years old this summer and to have to get rid of something that you have cared and nurtured for for that long must be difficult. I'...