Birdy13


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 21:41

Not been anywhere as bad here (Norfolk) as East Anglia has had it further south (eg Suffolk and Essex). Short periods of strong wind on and off yesterday and then a bit this morning. Nothing destructive, thank goodness. A lot of rain though but that was only in the morning.

One good thing for me - the ominous forecast got me out in the blowy but at times balmy weather yesterday to rescue most of the best crop of Bramleys we've ever had. It also galvanised me to improvise an apple rack to store them:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33213.jpg?width=906&height=350&mode=max

 Not a large crop by some standards but I'm pleased that the pruning earlier this year paid off.

 Just needs a few more shelves to take the rest of the crop which thankfully survived the wind.

Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:54

Ah, yes, of course! Sleepers! What would gardeners done if railways hadn't been invented?

And interestingly, they are a perfect size (about 8 foot long, I think) not just for greenhouses but also raised beds.

Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:29

The concrete blocks are, of course, underground, holes filled with concrete around  carefully positioned anchorages - seen as the verticals in my last picture, screwed to the frame.

Sorry, I forgot you mentioned you had glass not polycarbonate. That will be heavier and may need a low brick base - not an expert on that I'm afraid.

Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:23

Hi Clarington:

When you said "Is there an ideal base for a conservatory?" I take it you still meant "greenhouse".

(The modern meaning of conservatory - a "living room" room built out into the garden would definitely imply the need for proper concrete base and footings for a low level wall.)

I'll assume you were still referring to installing your 2nd greenhouse.

II assembled my own lightweight 8' x 6'  greenhouse (green aluminium frame with polycarbonate sheet windows) directly onto well levelled, well compacted soil which I covered with good quality black membrane and shingle on top of that. A narrow central path of slabs running from the door to the back makes it comfortable to stand on.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32906.jpg?width=720&height=350&mode=max

Of the other two options,

  1. I would not want a full concrete base (no drainage for your plant watering)
  2. Bare earth is fine if you actually want to plant I to the ground - I would still want a central aisle to stand on though as quite a lot of watering could be needed inside for your planting as it will get none from outside and what it does get will soak into all the soil, some of which you will have to stand on.
  3. The advantage of my arrangement (photos) is that pots can stand on the shingle which drains easily after watering. The disadvantage is the membrane and shingle stops you from planting directly into the ground.

Virtually no weeds have made there way through the membrane in the 15 years it's been up - just a bit of chickweed which is easy to pull up.

The only bits of concrete were a large block at each corner and (if I remember correctly) half way along each of the long sides, to imbed the corner anchorages for the frame while the concrete was wet.

Positioning for these anchorages, however, has to be exactly measured and the frame (seen as grey in this photo) must be completely square and completely level for the greenhouse to fit together properly. I know that sounds worrying but it just takes a bit of careful measuring and checking for levels.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32908.jpg?width=294&height=350&mode=max

 Hope the above helps.

 

Conference pears

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 19:26

Bramley and conference

Trying to cut down a bit on sugar intake, I discovered the other day that gently stewing an underripe conference pear with a Bramley apple and a few cloves gives a beautifully delicate and refreshing dessert needing no sugar!

Just cut the fruit thinly, add a bit of boiling water - enough to make some juice - bring back to the boil and turn off heat and leave the lid on. The residual heat of the electric hob does the rest.

Also nice to add a spoonful or two of the fruit mix to porridge to jazz it up a bit.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 13:17

Beautiful!

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:05

Red Dahlia: try cropping your photos before sending - that sometimes works.

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 12:20

Ah yes!  ... The Avengers...   Emma Peel in black leather ...  If only we were all in our twenties again... 

Down Boy!!! 

Whoops! Er... 

Where am I? 

Just testing the smilies! 

something in the air

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 14:55

Waterbutts: in case you do happen to read this, I've PMd you.

x

The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 22:40

Ffb

Thankyou for reading my poem, and for your appreciation.

I don't think 'Dilbert' (teadrinker's nickname for her neighbour) has it in him to feel shame or the common decency to submit. He seems to have got into some sort of cycle of hatred against tea and her son which makes no sense to ordinary folk.

At this stage it would be counterproductive for Teadrinker to publish the poem. You would get a much better idea of why from reading her thread from the beginning - but I would say that if you do, you will find yourself drawn in by feelings of outrage on her behalf.

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