Latest posts by Berghill

Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 12:12

One useful piece of info, when the seeds of things which can wait to be sown in Spring, are dry and ready for storage, the tubes in which Steradent comes are really good. they are sterile and air tight.

mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:43

I add a teaspoon of a bee friendly insecticide to a 40 gallon water butt, kills off the larva and is so minute in concentration it does no harm when I water things with it.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:41

So here it is, taken on the one day of Summer and looking well battered by rain.
An Invitation to View July 2012

Building a brick base for a greenhouse

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 20:52

I have to agree with these building chappies about this. I used concrete bricks rather than engineering or ordinary house bricks and so far they have lasted 16 years without falling to pieces.

It probably is not worth the hassle as said. My greenhouses were erected on already existing concrete bases so we did not have to dig foundations.

Building a brick base for a greenhouse

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 16:35

Need to get it square to avoid trouble. Unless I am teaching my granny to suck eggs, the way to ensure aquareness is to measure the diagonals (corner to corner) and they should be equal in length. Otherwise it is not too hard to lay the bricks in a straight line and level, it just takes a bit of time and perseverence.

What is it?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 18:06

If those are the only ones, then wipe over the trunk with Methylated spirits.

What is it?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:50

Closer view would help, but it looks liky Oyster scale, or some sort of scale insect. Nothing to do with chickens though.

Buyer Beware

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:48

Looks more like Silybum matianum, Milk Thistle than an Eryngium. At least if that is what it is then it is a Biennial.

Allium bulbs

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 18:38

They have no roots now as they have gone into their Summer rest. They aestivate. You can  dry them off and replant in Autumn if you have already dug them up. Watch out for mould growing on them, sprinkle a bit of Sulphur on them . The shops seem to store them in wood shavings, but a paper bag somewhere dry and cool should be good.

Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 18:33

Seems to be as tough as anything. Certainly if it survives here then it can take the cold.

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