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Awkward Soil Patch

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 10:53

Thyme naturally grows in such conditions and is available in a wide variety of forms.  It won't grow very high but once established will act as ground cover and provide nectar for wildlife as well as being available for the kitchen.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:45

I'm envious of everybody who doesn't have Honey Fungus!  Discovered today that my favourite Acer (a beautiful red palmatum dissectum which had grown to about 6ftx6ft) has succumbed over the winter.

I'll have to hoik it out tomorrow but at least I can get to that area without stomping on too many bulbs and I have a new bit of space for something else.

semi-rigid-plastic-sheeting

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
Frank Moore wrote (see)

I am looking for a supplier of thin semi rigid plastic sheeting to make some replacement doors for a small lean to aluminium frame green house. size 120cm x 60cm

 

Can anyone assist.  Many thanks

Hi Frank, try C & A plastics - look under 'solid sheets' or 'roofing materials' if you want twinwall etc:

http://www.cabp.co.uk/

 

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:00

Dove is right about the spacing;  Due to the thorns they can be tricky to pick and you need manoeuvring space around them to avoid excessive blood loss!  Also, they crop so heavily that the branches bend under the weight of fruit so get about 50% wider near harvesting time.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 09:51

Mornin' all, had a bit of a lie-in after a hard week at work but was woken by the delivery of a couple of Hibiscus, so starting the day off in a good mood!

Now watching the sunny gap in the clouds approaching on a weather radar site and will be posting on the envy thread in a bit!

Talkback: Broad beans

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:12

Broad beans are very hardy Brooklynguy, so the cold won't really bother them, especially as you have grown them in an unheated greenhouse.  Some varieties (like Aquadulce) can be sown direct in Autumn and the young plants survive snow and frost without protection.  I'd get them planted out now - you need the bees to pollinate them in order to form beans anyway.  I get to eat all of the broad beans here too - I've been known to have a large bowl of them covered with a few dabs of butter as my main meal - yummy!

Apple canker

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:03

I'd dig a serious amount of grit and compost into that area to improve the drainage, after which it should be fine.  One way to check drainage is to first dig a hole about 18" (45cm) deep, when it's forecast to be dry for a few days.  If a puddle appears at the bottom after a day or two and doesn't drain away, then the ground is waterlogged and most trees won't like that at all.  If that happens you can still improve things by digging a trench towards a lower part of the garden, filling the bottom with rocks, hardcore or gravel etc covered by a sheet of weed membrane before re-filling the trench with soil.  Quite a lot of hard work but it will be a long-term fix.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:52

Wickes have 70l bags at £3 at the moment.  Not as good as it used to be but I grew toms, peppers and general flowers in it last year with no problems.  That's my review on their site.

Runner bean root disease?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:48

Normal - that's how they grow.  Runners need lots of organic matter and many growers make trench at least a foot deep in autumn and throw all of their vegetable waste into it, as well as shredded newspaper, cardboard and home made compost.  All of that stuff helps retain water which they need lots of.  You can't really over-water them but lack of water will result in a poor crop with many flowers dropping before they get pollinated by bees (which is 100% essential.)

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:35

It should work fine scroggin.  I've not grown them for a few years but pretty sure I also started them in modules last time.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

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Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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Sparrows!

The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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why-all-the-hyphens-in-post-titles

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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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