Chris H
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Solar powered electric help for winter roof garden?
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If you're worried about freezing, keep them warm somehow (heat mat/cold frame/both). If you want to boost photosynthesis use lights (not UV, but red and blue). So the first thing is to decide what ...

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Growing multiple pepper plants in one pot vs just one plant per pot
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As is often pointed out in books on small-space gardening, spacing recommendations aren't set to maximise yield per unit area, but yield per plant. If 3 plants per pot works, carry on. You'll get ...

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Self seeded oak sprouts, want to safely relocate to see if they will take
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Self-seeded (or squirrel-seeded) oaks are pretty tough. Unless you're maximising yield for a commercial operation you can be quite rough with them. I loosen the soil and pull them up rather than ...

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Does anyone know what type of chilli plant this is?
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The shape of the fruit, combined with them growing upwards, will narrow it down, but not much. For example tabasco grows like this (and also shows ripe and unripe fruit together with that range of ...

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Handling Compost with Bare Hands?
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Many of us do this all the time. With the increasing use of composted garden waste in commercial composts, the biggest hazards appear to become like those of home-made compost: splinters and other ...

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What Is this round 1+ inch seed?
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It's hard to tell from that angle but it looks like a walnut (google images link). There are several related species (wikipedia), two of which are edible and have multiple cultivars. This is probably ...

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A single wild goose wont leave!
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The goose may be unable to fly at the moment, but not injured. The RSPB (UK bird/conservation group) say: Unlike most other birds, ducks, geese and swans lose all their flight feathers at once, ...

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UV Tolerant Labeling
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On a dark surface, correction fluid (Tippex) works well. On a light surface a dark touch-up paint pen (meant for cars). The latter is also slightly easier to write with. Pencil has already been ...

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Why isn't my Victoria Plum tree fruiting?
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I have a plum tree (not a Victoria but a similar variety). After about 4 years in the ground (I planted it as a 2/3-year-old fan) I had a single plum. The next year I had several kilogrammes. Since ...

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Fruit Trees and Pollination
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Pollination works within a species (to a good enough approximation). The "family" multi-grafted trees generally combine varieties of a single species selected so that they cross/self-pollinate, as ...

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Growing "Laurus nobilis" in scandinavia
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I'm in the UK so have much milder winters than you. But a few days of ~-10°C dipping to -13°C killed all the top growth of mine (unusually severe for southern England). While it came back in ...

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If twisted trees will suffocate each other, why do retail stores sell them together?
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I suspect that even with complete knowledge they'd still sell them. It would take years, maybe even decades for the trunks to do a lot of harm to each other, by which time the sellers reckon you'll ...

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Best flavoured blueberry varieties
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I'm in the UK as well. I have three blueberries in pots, one of each of Earliblue, Duke, and Dixie. All have more flavour than supermarket blueberries, though of the three, Earliblue aren't the best....

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Side garden in need of plants, preferably useful
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Will self seed or similar is pretty much the same as "will turn into a weed". Oregano grows as a weed all over my patio, for example. Many perennial culinary herbs will grow well with a thick layer ...

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I need to grow one radish plant per pot, for a science experiment. How many seeds do I plant?
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I would plant several pots, each with one seed (being sure to use sterilised compost)

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How to sterilise soil?
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I've sterilised small amounts of homemade compost (or at least I believe I have, I was mostly interested in killing weed seeds) using the following method: Fill a metal container with the compost. ...

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What can I grow in small (Ø12 D12) pots outside?
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Pots that size dry out very fast in the sun. In a dull summer I grow strawberries in containers roughly that size on a south-facing wall but in a warm spell (and I'm in the UK so not a dissimilar ...

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Suggestion for cheap and efficient way to shred compost ingredient?
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I've had some success using a hedge trimmer on a pile of cut (thin) branches, brmables etc., though the aim was mainly to compact them rather than to speed up composting. You can even do this in the ...

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How can I keep birds off my berries for cheap?
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Our blueberries are in pots (the soil pH is too high otherwise). With the pots at the far end of the garden near the hedge, losses were unacceptable despite a cat. Now I've moved the pots and they'...

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Bringing pot-grown aubergines into the house for winter -- is it worth it?
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The experiment was a failure in the end, though perhaps a promising one. Two out of three survived the winter, but then died in the spring. I think this was mainly because having been rather dormant ...

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Excess Zinc in garden soil
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One possibility given the high iron content as well is that lots of galvanised metal has ended up there. This could be a patch that's been used as a dumping ground in the past (high copper as well), ...

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How much rainwater should I collect for the garden?
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In practice you're much more likely to be limited by storage space at a domestic property, unless you have an underground pumped system, as space close to the house is at a premium. The refill rate ...

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What are the obstacles to wide-scale commercial composting of human feces?
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This is actually done on a commercial scale in Bristol, UK where I live. Sewage (and food waste) goes to an anaerobic digester that makes biomethane as a fuel, but the solids left afterwards are (to ...

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Koi Pond Needs Emptied due to safety issues
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You could drain it, make a false bottom, and repurpose it as a sand pit.

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Paver bricks -- handling weeds without bad chemicals
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This is a low-effort solution I've used on some areas successfully (in southern England), and have been meaning to try on larger areas after being disappointed with weedkiller and unwilling to use it ...

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Can I use water from the clothes dryer to water plants?
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Instead of watering plants, why not empty it into the washing machine just before doing a load of washing? I do this because it's very convenient given the shape of the output tank and the layout of ...

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What is the best way to compost a large pile of leaves with minimal effort?
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If it's just leaves they'll rot slowly without the need for added nitrogen, but they need air and moisture. The classic way is non-airtight bags, but you'd need a lot of bags. When we were replacing ...

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Mice eating sown grass seed
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Chilli powder has been suggested to keep mammals off bird seed (birds don't have a recptor for capsaicin; peppers have evolved to be spread by birds). You could try mixing some chilli flakes with the ...

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A hedge for my working place? (indoor)
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You can get more out of your plants than just shade. As the weather cools down I've lifted some plants in and ended up with a light-blocking arrangement of plants on the windowsill by my desk. Most ...

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Can a plant survive bottled in its own ecosystem for 50 years?
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Photosynthesis consumes water and CO2 (and uses light as an ebergy input). Pretty quickly the CO2 will be depleted, at which point the plant won't use water (but will transpire it into the air; some ...

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