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enter image description hereNearly retired professional gardener/horticulturalist, working principally in ornamental gardening, UK pests/diseases knowledge.


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comment Starting seeds in egg cartons
@Sue - I've added something in the answer that might help...
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comment Starting seeds in egg cartons
@Sue - I could answer your comment, but I'd get a rap across the knuckles, because I'm sure the site would say 'post this as another question'...
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answered Starting seeds in egg cartons
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answered Cactus Identification: miniature branching species with reddish areolas
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comment Can we grow vegetables in a raised bed surrounded by trees?
Need clearer information - what size is the fenced in area, what are the trees, are they all around, or can you supply photos? Your question is tagged 'vegetables' - is that what you want to grow? How high can you make the raised bed? Which vegetables do you want to grow? How much sun will the area get?
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comment What is this flower with five mottled green petals that are fused together?
@Stephie -its definitely amazing and a curiosity, but I don't find it particularly attractive, so wouldn't want one inside, though outdoors, fantastic! Not possible in the UK though...
Mar
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comment What is this flower with five mottled green petals that are fused together?
Agree, Ceropegia sandersonii - common names Parachute Plant, Umbrella plant. What an amazing thing...
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comment Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides
@GardenerJ - that's what we all do in the UK, as well as dripping glyphosate down the hollow stems. Costs thousands to get it removed... but its an ongoing control process, not a solution.
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comment Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides
@Escoce - I can tell you haven't come across Japanese Knotweed before - it cost over £70 million to clear the Olympic site before construction could start, and this was carried out with people in biohazard suits under controlled conditions. Some mortgage providers in the UK will not grant a mortgage on properties where Japanese Knotweed is within 30 feet of the property - because it'll come up through concrete and your floors inside the house.
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answered What is this cactus with flat oval pads and very short spines?
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comment What is this cactus with flat oval pads and very short spines?
Check out Opuntia microdasys... more likely to be that, but look at images online
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comment Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides
@Escoce - no way will this work with Japanese Knotweed, nor Equisitum - the former has roots which extend 9 feet down into the soil, and any fragment of any part of the plant will grow again. And a tiller will be a boon to bindweed, buttercup and ground elder- it'll spread it further quicker...
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revised What is the name of this plant, and how should I plant and care for it?
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answered What kinds of pathogenic plant mildew are there, besides powdery & downy?