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choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 21:51

I'm also about to place an order for a Rhino ....  they key deciding factor for me was the door height. My husband is 6ft 4ins and regularly bangs his head on the shed door frame. The Rhino door height is 6ft 5ins so should be Ok.

I like the Blue Grass colour ... and think it will blend into the garden a bit better than the standard green. The one thing I'm undecided about is the blinds .... seem a tad expensive and might be fiddly to keep clean.

Just need to do the hard work preparing the base now!

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 21:35

Hi Edd,

Leaving the grass long will help the bees ... dandelion and clover are great bee plants.

For the flower bombs you might consider phacelia .... often grown as a green manure so you can get a nice big packet of seeds for not much money

Also poppies ... poppy pollen is very attractive to honey bees ... and poached egg plants (Limnanthes douglassii) provide both nectar and pollen over a long season and will happily grow almost anywhere.

Having a pond is really good for bees as they need access to water ..

Good luck with the hives ... it's a great hobby.

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 20:10


For the most part yes .... the poor wet summer in most of the UK meant that many beekeepers were having to feed their bees in July to just keep them going.

The likelihood is that many of the queen bees from this season will be poorly mated as suitable days for their mating flights were few and far between. This will really only fully be known next year  ... some hives may not build up well in the spring if the queen has not been fully mated. 

With the exception of a very few isolated places, all beekeepers are still managing the impact on honeybees of the varroa mite  .... and we are all on the lookout for small hive beetle and asian hornets making their way across the Channel.

But it's not all bad news ...  the lovely autumn weather has meant the bees have been able to forage and make up for some lost time. The ivy here has been fantastic.

So we've all tucked our bees up for the winter now ... and we all cross our fingers for the next few months and just hope our hives make it through.

It's just lovely when you see them out on the snowdrops and aconites come the spring.

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 19:31

Hi Verdun,

I don't post on here very often, but I did actually contribute to the Merit 75 thread from a beekeeper's perspective.

It's a pity the issue has caused some upset in such an interesting and helpful forum, but I fully agree about moving on.

The other current vine weevil thread still seems to be alive and there was a post to it this morning. So I think just one thread has been moved.

Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 14:08

Hi Steve,


This is the stuff I use ... but it only cost me £2 in the bargain bin at B&Q. It is microporous so the surface of the pots can breathe, but once applied water just seems to bounce off.

I powerwash the pots, then give them a few days in the airing cupboard to totally dry out and then apply. I've done most of my pots now and don't expect to need to use it again .. so I'm thinking of doing my rhubarb forcer and strawberry pots as there's still plenty left.


Removing mould on plant pots?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 11:00

I use a power washer on mine ....  (when they are empty!) ... on a summers day when they can dry well.

I then coat them with a clear chiminea paint I got from B&Q in the reduced bin a couple of years ago. I do this with some of the small, cheap pots and they seem to last much longer.

Tulip plating panic

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 08:01

Hi Esspee .... I like the idea of free pots. There's no Asda around here, but I'll get my sister roped in.

I put any pots that develop holes or cracks into the ground to act as liners for the tulip pots. This saves me digging the holes each year. I follow on the tulips with lilies and agastache.

Tulip plating panic

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:47

My soil is also heavy clay (I'm gradually improving it ..) so I put all my tulips in black plastic pots (I use the 10 for a £1 florist ones at Morrisons and drill holes). I plant them up with plenty of grit and leafmold added to good compost and put them all against the house where they can keep a bit dryer.

Come the spring I pop the pots where I want them in the garden ...  that way I avoid damaging any bulbs such as daffs.

Once the tulips are finished I lift the pots and replace with something else. The tulips die off out of sight .. so no tatty foliage in the borders.

Most of my tulips are the perennial ones (Red Impression) so I keep them for the next year ...  most have been going for 5 years now.

What's going on?

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:20

Yep ....  he must have been smoking something!

Although I seem to remember it had a happy ending .....

ID sub shrub

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 19:14

Haven't grown 'Hotlips' Verdun,  but I do have a nice pot of 'Hot Trumpets', which is lovely all summer  .... just couldn't resist the name!

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