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  • Pippa - you CAN buy elbow grease (just not in the shop my Mum sent me to) - it's called a willing nephew who will do anything for home made spag bol and chocolate cake!
  • Great to see all the advice and alternatives methods of getting elbow grease. This coming week is going to be the week and the pots and greenhouse are going to be ready for the coming spring, which I reckon was definitely in the air yesterday.
  • haven't got time for any form of elbow grease, but the self seeded hellebores from last year which I potted up to see what colout they would be are all in flower - some a deep pink, some the purest white, and a few indeterminate. The two posh ones from the garden centre are struggling though.
    moral: trust some of the things that show they really want to be in your garden!
  • Fascinating, but really very logical that the more standard varieties of plants, and especially those self-seeded or fly-ins as I call them, so often thrive whilst the fancy and pricey ones struggle, it is almost always the case!

    Elbow-grease - nephews not really an option as my nephew lives too far away, but 5ft son is great, brilliant and often fuelled by chocolate cake too !
  • has anybody heard of using strong nescafe (made into a strong drink and then cooled) as a weedkiller?? Someone told me it works but (a) I hadn't heard of this and (b) haven't tried it yet. Anybody got any comments or experience of this weed killer?
  • The border soil in my greenhouse is covered in moss and a curious flat algae-type plant. I've changed the soil, and keep taking the top layer off as it 'greens' over, but to no avail.. Ideas please? The door is always ajar, and often wide open in an attempt to allow air to circulate, and the windows in the roof are far from airtight even if they are closed. Crops - tomatoes peppers,, cucs, tend to get mouldy - I often wonder why I keep trying - the triumph of hope over experience, perhaps!!
  • Never tried instant coffee for anything other than drinking (oh, and coffee flavoured icing for a a walnut cake!!) but many people use old coffee grounds as a slug deterrent !
  • How good do I feel today? brilliant because the sun was shineing I was on a day off and I've emptied and cleaned my greenhouse out. I used a little squirt of fairy a tbls of bleach and were the glass over laps and algee grows a quick squit of bathroom cleaner then the elbow grease and a blast off with the hose jet its gleeming inside and out.My GH floor is slabs so theres no soil showing so I brush hard and hose jet off.I'm already now to get planting.On the subject of hellibores I got one from a garden show last year for a £1 it had just a few leaves but I thought at a £1 I will give it a go, I noticed it today and its flowered its dark pinky red what a bargain.
  • on the subject of the green house I've already found more broken glass, alway's some thing going on, replacement glass seems to be an on going problem.
  • The picture sums up the best way to clean the glass. Buy a pressure washer, and make sure it has a spray bottle gun attachment.

    Use the high pressure to remove the worst of the greenery, and I have jet to use soapy water, or Jeys Fluid. At least the sunlight can get through the glass.
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