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Gill Greetham's forum posts

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Strulch to use or not - definitely yes

from Gill Greetham

In July 2014 I posted asking for any views on Strulch. To cut a long story short, well I eventually bought some last spring and having used it for nearly a year thought it relevant to report back for anyone interested or considering buying this product.
It is very briefly - a light and easy to use garden mulch made from wheat straw for organic gardening. A patented process is used to ‘preserve’ the straw so that it lasts for up to two years and gives an earthy brown colour. Strulch has a neutral pH and can be used throughout the garden on borders, raised beds, around cultivated fruit and on vegetable plots.
It is really rather good and does everything it says it does, keeps weeds down and deters snails and slugs, feeds the soil under it, retains moisture in the dry spells. it isn't cheap but that said it isn't expensive if you weigh up the pros and cons including the fact it lasts at least two years. It works out as follows - 25 x 150 litre bags will cover up to 110 square metres.
Price per bag: £8.88
Weight per bag: 13.5kg
Please understand I have no financial or corporate interest in this company this is just a review from one amateur gardener to this group.

  • Posted: Thu. 18th February 2016 20:27
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Lifespan of average blackcurrant bush

from Gill Greetham

Would I be right in thinking blackcurrant bushes have a finite life of approx 10 years does any one have any views on this please?

  • Posted: Thu. 3rd September 2015 17:22
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Plant List in garden planner

from Gill Greetham

Nicola, I think Shoot is just magnificent and I am enjoying it immensely, it sometimes frustrates me until I work out where I am going and what exactly I want to do but that said it has been invaluable to me, albeit a relatively experienced gardener one finds there is always something to learn.

In light of the comment above a "Dummies" type User Guide for navigating the web site might be a thought for the future for you. I am happy to volunteer to contribute to this if you wish for external input

Kind regards Gill

  • Posted: Mon. 6th October 2014 17:07

Re: Re: Plant List in garden planner

from Gill Greetham

Thank you !

  • Posted: Sun. 5th October 2014 18:23

Plant List in garden planner

from Gill Greetham

I have a plant list in one of my garden plans"New Beds" is there anyway this can be migrated to "Plant list - I would like" other than retyping the whole lot or failing that printing out the plant list in the garden planner, an early reply would really be appreciated OKAY ALL SORTED FOUND IT IN GARDEN NOTEBOOK..

  • Posted: Sun. 5th October 2014 17:33
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Re: Patio re-think

from Gill Greetham

Hi there you could break up the stone slab patio by putting small pebbles in between the stone slabs that would break it up and create more patterns with a small change in which the slabs are laid, or perhaps create a slighter higher corner / edge with staggered height planters - hope this helps happy to expand if you wish me to.

  • Posted: Thu. 18th September 2014 20:48

Re: Re: New beds with themes

from Gill Greetham

Hi Elaine

Thank you for this it is really appreciated and just to say I love the land/sea feature and will give this some serious consideration so off to investigate the water feature just now I hope you get as much out of belonging to Shoot as I do, thanks again

Gill

  • Posted: Fri. 22nd August 2014 21:28

New beds with themes

from Gill Greetham

Hi everyone I wish to design 2 new beds I have two themes in mind either (1) morning and evening, or (land and sea) anyone got any ideas on whcih plants could reflect either of these themes? As it seems the weather is turning thought that those of you stuck indoors on the computer might welcome this challenge and I could certainly do with the help. Thank you in advance - Gill

  • Posted: Fri. 22nd August 2014 10:49
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Re: Should we have a garden gadgets section?

from Gill Greetham

Yes please, to garden gadgets and to a review of such. Maybe I am easily swayed but I find it far too easy to buy things that don't actually do what they say on the packaging..

  • Posted: Sat. 9th August 2014 14:48

glass test tubes

from Gill Greetham

Anyone know where I can source some glass test tubes ideally about 20mm wide for the purpose of propogating cuttings, tried ebay but not the right size...any help would b appreciated. Thanks in advance

  • Posted: Sat. 9th August 2014 13:02
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