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Good morning - do you know where we would be able to buy some light coloured gravel (it is very pale sandy type colour - not bright white)? The pathways in our garden need a bit of a refill, but nothing at Landi or Coop Bau & Hobby are similar to the gravel already on the paths.

Thanks for any suggestions!
There's more to gravel than just colour - there's the average size of a piece of the gravel (the diameter is usually given and a max and minimum size specified) and then whether it's smooth or sharp edged.
Is it one colour or a mix of colours that make it appear sand-coloured.

Depending on how much you want, and how much you are prepared to pay,
Hornbach in Galgenen, SZ sell it as does Meier Gartencenter in Ruti.

Schmid in Affoltern am Albis sell a few different sorts which they can deliver or you can use their weighbridge and load the back of your car up.
It will be the cheapest out of the three for a large quantity.
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My hyacinths have withered, now I wonder, should I cut the stem with the blossoms or not?
Inside or outside? I always leave them for a few weeks so the 'goodness' can go back to the bulbs, then cut just above collar.
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Inside or outside? I always leave them for a few weeks so the 'goodness' can go back to the bulbs, then cut just above collar.
Outside.
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There's more to gravel than just colour - there's the average size of a piece of the gravel (the diameter is usually given and a max and minimum size specified) and then whether it's smooth or sharp edged.
Is it one colour or a mix of colours that make it appear sand-coloured.

Depending on how much you want, and how much you are prepared to pay,
Hornbach in Galgenen, SZ sell it as does Meier Gartencenter in Ruti.

Schmid in Affoltern am Albis sell a few different sorts which they can deliver or you can use their weighbridge and load the back of your car up.
It will be the cheapest out of the three for a large quantity.
Tom - thank you, that is very helpful. I will take a handful with me when I go visit these places at the weekend and try to match it.
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Old 02.05.2013, 14:16
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Tom - thank you, that is very helpful. I will take a handful with me when I go visit these places at the weekend and try to match it.
Hornbach have a few on page 23 of their online catalogue. It may save you a trip.

Here's a link to the catalogue (I can't link to the page directly as it's in Flash)
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Outside.
I would leave them to wither back down as they will give a much better display next year if you do that. The problem is they start to look a bit ugly after a while so when they start to look pretty dried up and shrivelled I usually end up cutting them back.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Well my garden is ready to go for another summer, leaving on holiday tomorrow so had to get it in.

This year my hubby made me some raised beds to cover the blackberry bushes, I've planted tomatoes and cukes (wanting them to grow up not out this year). The little plants are various peppers, and from seeds I have green/yellow beans, chard, dill, parsley, coriander, cantaloupe, watermelon and squash. I also put in a drip irrigation system (the water bottles) and built a potato tower which should yield 45 kilos of potatoes. This was my inspiration.

http://www.growinglotsurbanfarm.com/?p=41

I really have no idea what I'm doing when I plant or garden, its trial and error each year but I really enjoy watching it fill up with fruit and veg!
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Old 24.05.2013, 15:06
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

with the forthcoming nights, do you think my seedlings of tomato and squashes are going to survive? Do i need to cover them with fleece? or any other better method(i can't get them inside now).
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with the forthcoming nights, do you think my seedlings of tomato and squashes are going to survive? Do i need to cover them with fleece? or any other better method(i can't get them inside now).
The snow last night caught me by surprise.

I've now covered the plants in a cold frame. Since they are now larger than my seedling frame can hold, I've simply cobbled together wooden posts around the bed and draped that in plastic sheeting. I put in two lanterns this morning - these create just enough warmth. (They are also all metal, well sealed and grounded, so there is no danger of fire.)

I *think* that today was supposed to be the worst of it - if so, I'll keep the lanterns tonight but likely won't need it from then on. But with this freaky weather, who knows...

I fear the pepper plants are toast, though. Last night likely did them in. Tomatoes seem to be touch and go, only time will tell with the rest.
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Old 25.05.2013, 10:06
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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LANTERNS...that is a super cool(well warm actually) idea. what lanterns are we talking about-do you use the candle lit ones or what? I have read in several articles they use christmas lights to keep their plants thru the winter but the lantern idea seems lovely!
ok just going out to check if they made it thru the night
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LANTERNS...that is a super cool(well warm actually) idea. what lanterns are we talking about-do you use the candle lit ones or what? I have read in several articles they use christmas lights to keep their plants thru the winter but the lantern idea seems lovely!
ok just going out to check if they made it thru the night
I use a candle one, as the cold frame is too far away from an electric outlet to use a lightbulb or similar.

Obviously one needs to keep fire safety in mind. A lightbulb, christmas lights, or electric or battery-powered lamp/lantern is a safer option, and will give off similar heat. If you can, go with electric. It is much safer.

But if not - I use an old garden lantern that is bottom heavy and well-balanced (so it doesn't tip over). Fully enclosed in glass/metal, with a sort of air vent on top releasing heat. A ca. 10cm tall, 5cm diameter candle seems to burn most of the night. The cold frame is on the granite patio, away from everything else. Make sure there is no possible contact with anything flammable. If a windy night, don't use a candle.

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Fire safety first!

Hope your plants made it through the night... always something, eh?
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Old 25.05.2013, 16:03
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Holy tamale! It's sleeting now!
Keeping my fingers crossed that the hostas won't get too many holes in their pretty leaves.
Zucchini plants are placed close to the glass wall in the balcony - perhaps heat from the flat helps. My little 'snack' chilli plant is inside and has sprouted two chillies, yay!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Does anyone else have the pleasure of a "wild patch" in their garden provided by the landlord and protected from mowing (and weeding!). Spreads loads of lovely thistles and other choice weeds into the flower beds and lawn.

Wouldn't mind if the "wild patch" had some wild flowers in it...
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Old 25.05.2013, 16:18
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What is your definition of a weed as opposed to a wild flower? If the 'weeds' seed into the grass or your flower beds, then they must have had some sort of flower - even if not quite the size of a peony.
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Old 25.05.2013, 17:28
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Talking about weeds and wildflowers, anyone who lives in Cham (or in nearby towns) should come to look at the meadows near Teuflibach (off to the left side of Knonauerstrasse if leaving Cham) as they are full of marguerites or tall daisies (white petals and yellow centre). Millions of them! What a sight! (As well as other wildflowers.)
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Veg patch will still have to wait for a bit. I think we can zap Spring and we will soon jump straight into Summer. I went to buy lots of plants in my favourite garden centre yesterday as I had a 20% reduction voucher. They will have to stay on a cold window-sill until weather improves!
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What is your definition of a weed as opposed to a wild flower? If the 'weeds' seed into the grass or your flower beds, then they must have had some sort of flower - even if not quite the size of a peony.
My definitions of weed and wildflower have changed since moving to Switzerland.

If it produces a bloom or has a leaf texture that harmonizes with my garden, it's a wildflower, and welcome.

If it's green and has a root structure that will withstand the canine heffalumps, it's welcome in my lawn no matter what it is.

Only exception is dandelions. I've learned to eat them with pleasure, but I'm still far too much of a dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner; even after all these years I feel compelled to weed them out of the lawn.
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What is your definition of a weed as opposed to a wild flower? If the 'weeds' seed into the grass or your flower beds, then they must have had some sort of flower - even if not quite the size of a peony.
Absolutely - actually you'll find that what is someone's prize flower on the other side of the globe is 'your' weed, and vice-versa. At the Huntington gardens in Passadena/LA- they were trying to go a dandelion patch with a few other British 'weeds' and failing miserably. They said they would 'kill' for a good patch of British native plants. And in Hawaii on the same wonderful trip, I was admiring the amazing ginger plants and flowers growing everywhere (and which my sil tries to grow in her Devon garden and cost a fortune) and they couldn't believe it. They said it's rubbish and weeds.

Many of the weeds around here in the Jura, like thistles, were really celebrated and used a lot at the Chelsea Flower show- which made me smile.

So good on your landlord to follow the advice of ProNatura and all other wildlife bodies to keep a patch of uncut grass/weeds for the butterflies, bees and other insects and wildlife. Those insects, butterflies and bees are having an awful time this Spring due to the bad weather - they really do need as much help as possible so a few at least survive.

We are lucky to have enough space to have a fairly tidy garden, full of flowers, by the house, and leave uncut areas and also patches of nettles for the butterflies. I realise it's not so easy in a more confined space. Loads of dandelion and other wild flowers in our field- but yes, Meloncolie- I also can't stop myself from digging out dandelions out of the 'lawn'

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Only today! Musa basjoo banana plant at half price.

(I have no connections with the store, only a happy customer.)

http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...ctionGrade=598

Yes, in Malaysia this might be considered a weed or a useless plant (the varieties of banana in my country of origin are much sweeter and more fruitful).

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Thanks for the link Argus - some interesting plants I haven't seen in other garden centers. (The Knobi-Kraut is intriquing...)

That is, I thank you, but OH won't when he sees the bill. Hey, if I can't get out into the garden in this weather, I might as well do a bit of retail therapy forward planning.

Oh how I wish I had more space - I'd be tempted to try that banana just for fun.
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