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First Greenhouse and base

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 11:11

Hi Sheps,

We dug out and put down 6 inches of hardcore and used a whacker to consolidate. It was worthwhile putting this effort in as the flags went down easily and the base was level for the greenhouse.

This made putting up the greenhouse - which we also did ourselves - so much easier.

Hope that makes sense!



First Greenhouse and base

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 10:58

Hi Sheps,

What you've drawn is similar to the set up I have ....  the gravel area is great for watering pots on and letting them drain.

A couple of things you might want to consider ...

Try and work out where any anchors for the base are going to end up. These  might need you to drill through the flags ... and you don't want to have to do this near the edge as it will be more likely to crack.

Also, give some thought to how you will deal with the overflow from your waterbutts .... easier to build in some drainage now than later.


Buxus Sempivirens

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:10


It's too early to prune the long woody bits off yet as any fresh growth may get blasted by frost.

They may be cheap because they have box blight .... so if you have any other box plants them treat them as suspect and keep them quarantined until you're happy they are OK.

Once you are able to plant them they might benefit from using mycorrhizal fungi (Rootgrow) to give them a boost. They will also benefit from feeding .... I use a spray of seaweed solution on mine throughout the growing season. You can start trimming them up late May / June.

Keep looking out for box blight .... if you can plant them somewhere that gets a bit of a breeze that will help. 

Good luck with them.


Controlling weeds with "membrane"

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 13:20

Just a thought Neil ...

If this is an area which has been a garden in the past, it could contain some nice bulbs  / perennials which you don't yet know are there.

In your shoes I would wait until mid-spring and see if anything lovely appears amongst the weeds that is worth saving. By then it will also be the right temperature to spray off the weeds before covering up with the membrane.

Good luck with it all.


Thanks to Pansyface

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 19:45

Totally agree with the points here.

My husband has a red / brown / green problem .... apparently more common in men.

Had heaps of fun recently when BT (don't start me ...) asked him to say if the green light or the red light on the router was flashing ... he told them he couldn't say and would have to find me to ask.

We built our own house and he did all the wiring ... mmmm ... should I be worrying?


Keeping Busy

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 21:13

No rain here .... so I've been helping friends walk their alpacas.

The one I took out is called Elvis ... he's a wee star.


Drain covers in centre of front flower bed

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 17:08

Hello Sally,

I've managed to hide 2 large manhole covers and my septic tank cover.

I've created herbaceous borders which were deliberately shaped to be sure of including them. I then covered them with a couple of layers of heavy duty landscape fabric (I bought one that doesn't fray) and cut it to size with a generous margin around. I then bought danish trays from LBS Horticultural and filled these with compost and shallow rooted  / spreading perennials ( eg geranium biokovo) that will cope with a bit of a disturbance when needed. The trays then disappear once the plants are mulched. The septic tank has to be emptied every 18 months, but it's easy enough to lift the tray and clear off any soil ... then lift the landscape fabric to get access. Have had this in place for 10 years now and it seems to work for me.


wisteria pruning

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 21:03


Thanks for the info. re feeding .....  my wisteria is in a large pot and I've been giving it homemade comfrey feed.

Your garden is lovely ... you clearly enjoy it.


wisteria pruning

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 17:08


Thanks for this .... very helpful to see in detail.

The buds on mine are all still slim .... maybe because I'm in Scotland and everything is a good bit further behind.

Do you feed your wisteria? If so, when and what?




Propagator Help

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 19:34

Thanks Bob .... will be great to put the propagators to a good use over winter.

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