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Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:58

I cannot afford a greenhouse, so am thinking of buying a polytunnel. Put off by seeing covers go green and horrible after only 2yrs in peopl'es gardens. Can anyone tell me if any companies sell replacement covers?? All the ads give guarantees of up to 5 years on structure and up to 5 seasons for cover. Don't want to have to buy another complete tunnel.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:53

Am I the first to see tree sparrows gathering nesting material already?? Reader's Digest book says they begin nesting april-may.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:47

Flower buds coming on climbing roses. First peach blossom and 6 daffodils now!

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 16:01

Despite howling gales and driving rain 2nd Daffodil out today!

Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 15:11

Lidl and Aldi Seed has just come into shops this week here. Am I imagining it or have the contents got even less? Checked a couple of packets from last year and the contents seem heavier even though I had used some - In particular radishes/turnips and tomatoes. Are we being short changed?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 15:00

Here is the Lunar Calender for 16th-22nd Feb 2014

16 Feb - Fruit Period ending. If the weather is mild plant or prune new and old fruit trees and fruit bushes.

17-18-19Feb - Moon descending Root Period - If no frost plant shallots and Rose Garlic in soil that has not been manured.

20th Feb - No Gardening Day Moon approaching reaching lowest point.

21-22 Feb - Flower Period Earth up Artichokes with compost. Plant Bare root roses Prick out begonias sowed 1st Feb.


First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:50

Seems I'm behind all of you, and I thought it was really early! Still let's face it you can't beat the very first blooms of the season in your own garden. Shows the earth is stirring again despite all the floods and horrors. For budding travellers by the way - Brittany is underwater like Somerset. We were supposed to have a break there last week - Cancelled it and pulled the shutters down! Here in Normandy, we haven't had the floods, but this wind just doesn't stop.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:36

Lawnmower's a bit drastic! Sounds like my husband, It never ceases to amaze me what he 'didn't see'!!

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:34

My Helleborus Niger are nowhere to be found and Cyclamen coum are waving a few pathetic leaves at me! You are so lucky! Just walked the dog and found first dandelion - Ok not a favourite with everyone but so cheerful and great for Dandelion Jam a little later in the year.

Homemade Cloches

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:08

After a Season at the Farmer's Markets I often find myself with cracked Plastic Storage boxes 3' x 2' - Rather than throw them away, I use them to cover tender seed rows, and in particular onion sets during the first few weeks  It doesn't matter if they get frosted or brittle through sunlight., because they would only have been thrown away earlier anyway, and I have been able to get them to last 3 Seasons so far. My only problem is that they are quite shallow, so only really serve well until seedlings are about 3/4inches high, but then they are usually able to be lifted off anyway. 

Discussions started by biofreak


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Insect Eating Plants

What soil to use 
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
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Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

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Dividing Plants? 
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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 08:54

Sawfly -Gooseberries

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Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 20:03

Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2014 at 11:06


Can I get new covers? 
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Can I get new covers? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 15:28


Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
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Last Post: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:37

Brussel Sprouts

Growing in Pots? 
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:18

Swedes & Turnips

Is it worth persevering? 
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:20


Growing in Bags 
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