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Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 13:19

Thanks for all the advice.

In the end i managed to source some reclaimed council slab for a couple of quid each, so as per the green house manufacturers advice i layed these on a dry mix of sand/cement. I decided against leaving open earth inside the greenhouse and will just pot everything inside, to try and avoid disease/slugs  a bit. 

The green house has been up a couple of weeks and i'm already enjoying having it I've started off with mu hardy annual flower seeds already. So plenty going on in there, veg will get module sown this week like carrots, lettuce beetroot etc.

Talkback: Seed Club - early seed sowing

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 15:07
I've sown my first lot of tomato seeds, which were black cherry toms, next will be the gardeners delight. I've also sown my chillies, peppers, and cucumbers all indoors in the humid fish tank room :)

They will be going in the green house once they've germinated, to be replaced by the next lot of tomato seeds.

In the unheated greenhouse itself i've sown my hardy annuals like nigella, corncockle, cornflower etc. I'll be sowing my carrots, lettuce, spinich, peas etc in modules this weekend. I've already got ft high broad beans in there which will be being planted out soon.

Although more work than planting direct in the soil, it seems you get much more consistent results from underglass sowings of many crops. When monty was bemoaning his carrots on GW i was busy harvesting lovely carrots in the cold wet north! And this will be only my second season of growing veg.

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 14:10

I'm about to order my first green house. I've settled on a wooden frame greenhouse with toughened glass, because it can get pretty windy where we live.

It'll be 6x10ish and i'll need to prepare a level base for them to install on.

The area of garden i've chosen is currently turf, so can install pretty much any base.

I think for the frame support i'm looking at pathing slabs, but the question is for inside the greenhouse am i better to just pave it all? Or pave a rectangle, and put gravel in the middle to allow better drainage? Or indeed am i better for something like tomatos digging a trench into the ground , lining with weed barrier, refilling with compost and effectively planting striaght into the ground?

Any thoughts and advice are well recieved.



What new plants for next year?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 16:42

For kniphofia check out the terranova nurseries website they have a lot of different ones, i have one of their pinapple variants which is very bright yellow. You might be able to source them locally even though they are from US. Our local garden centre has lots of their plants in.

Suitable hedge

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 21:18

How about a cotoneaster? Flowers and berries for the birds? I planted a cotoneaster hedge this year with cell plants as i wanted something with year round interest and wildlife friendly.

greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 10:58

I want a green house, but i want to do it right so i'm saving up for a decent one with toughened glass. But i wanted something for this year to overwinter my very small perenial plugs from the readers offers, and also start off my veg earlier in the spring next year. 

So i bought a couple of coldframes from, have to say they were on special off for 14.99 and they were an absolute bargain.. looking now they are still half price at £19.99. For the money they were excellent. They might not last for a decade but for the next year or two until i can get my greenhouse they will do a stirling job.

Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 16:57

It's amazing how much difference the type of food makes to the visitors you get.. i always wonder how on earth the birds find their way to your food.

When we moved out into the country the first thing i did was get a feeding station up and running, baring in mind the garden was a 20 m2 piece of grass with not a single plant in it, so no shelter, i wasn't expecting too much at first.. Boy was i wrong,  I put up mixed seed and peanuts, as well as some fat balls, first to arrive were obviously the blue tits, great tits, sparrows and starlings. Then came the green finches and some yellow hammers eating the scraps off the ground. Then a woodpecker appeared, and a pied wagtail started to visit along with chaffinches. Interestingly no gold finches.

So last week i got a nijer feeder and stuck it up, and litterally withing an hour gold finches started to appear, now i have them forming lines to visit.. Next i'm hopeing for a siskin!

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 14:13

I'm new to GQT, but i was thrilled to find out it's available on BBC Iplayer, they go right back to july 2009... Think i've caught up on the last 12 months so far...




Creating a Hedgerow

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 13:23

In the spring i planted about 20m of native mixed hedgerow in one corner of our field to make a windbreak for the horses (eventually). I got mine from the hedge nursery also, and becasue it was too late for bare root, i went for cell grown plants. Although small when they arrived they all took well (i used root grow too). On top of their standard mix of hawthorn, blackthorn, field mapel, and dog rose, i also added some cherry plums. 

White Beetroot

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:52

I got two white ones at the weekend from my boltardy sowing.. boiled them up and if you closed your eyes you could not tell the difference. Got my seed from T&M maybe the batch got contaminated with white ones.. could tell it was not going to be purple though as the leaves had no red veins either.

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ID on Weed/Plant

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