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My garden pictures

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:57

 I like android






Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:15

you can watch it on any satellite box the BBC doesn't encrypt, will have to add bbc2 scotland to the list.

MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:11

reviews are a bit off

there is also seeds of distinction which appears to be related

doesn't look good.

MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:03 says 50 seeds on that page.

Greenhouse cooling

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 18:50

Will move it and see how it goes tomorrow it's going to be interesting to see if my bags of composting grass succeed in keeping the greenhouse a bit warmer overnight.

The theory is sound enough, I think the great MD said the victorians used green manure in the cold frames to keep up the temperatures in the cold frames.  Having sheep at the back and Cows to the left if the grass doesn't work there is no shortage of alternatives. Prefer the smell of grass thou.

Greenhouse cooling

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:23

This is sat on the bench. Over reading maybe it is in direct sun

 Think you should be able to see the red reaching to 38 degrees 

outside temperature is about 14 degrees C

Took these pictures at 3:02pm but i'm not in the UK , southern Ireland 



Posted: 04/04/2013 at 14:50

Ouch so sorry for you tina, here in ireland its nice and sunny and i just solved my greenhouse heating problem with grass

not sure how much i need but there is a good supply. No lawn clippings not that sort of grass! 

Basically as the grass begins to rot it generates heat (lots of heat) so all i needed to do was fill old compost bags with the grass and nature warms my greenhouse.  I'm not sure how much will be needed once the grass has cooled i will probably use it to enrich the soil and feed my plants too. 

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 14:31

I have found a cheap free method to heat a greenhouse and it's so simple. 

cut the grass. Stuff clippings into a compost or coal bag put bag(s) in the greenhouse.

you might want to just pile them up initially to get them brewing.

Grass as it rots generates heat, once your into the first few inches the heat is massive.  google "jean pain method"

This is a bit extreme but this guy is actually generating hot water from compost, basically running about a 100 foot of pipe through his compost pile. 

I guess once the pile cools off it can become part of your regular compost heap or used as a mulch or soil enricher...



Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:35

yes , resistance is ... hard, I managed the other week to avoid buying strawberrys, with the weather being so iffy i think i was right not to just too risky. There is still a few more frosts left to come tonight and tomorrow night are quite likely. somebody give that jet stream a kick and send it northwards, until that moves it's going to be hot/cold interspaced with cool and raining.



Posted: 04/04/2013 at 07:34

Hi, another sharp frost in the night but a sunny morning, seems you cant get one without the other. Picked up a 6 pk of strawberrys for €2.49 and lollo rosso and chilli plugs for €1.49. All half price

Now if they would water them, they would practically walk out the doors at those prices. This week I think around here is looking good for actually getting going with the garden.

Any way you should find me in the green house potting up this morning  

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mystery plant

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weeding especially grass

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more mystery plants to be identified

with photo's shot with the lens i got in the post today:) 
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Where we are. the Big Map.

A Map Project for GW Members. 
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Email notifications are back

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what makes a good window box / Basket

How do you like to fill yours ? 
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circular formal raised bed what centre piece

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Good Evening FORKERS - Page 2

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