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New and having problems

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 23:46

Hi Tim, This site shares the name with the TV program but is not run (or paid for) by the BBC, but by Immediate Media Co (see bottom of the page.)

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 23:24

Hi SS, Broad beans are fully hardy and some varieties can be planted in the autumn and will survive everything the winter can throw at them.  Do 'harden them off' before planting out though by putting the plants out during the day and bringing them in at night,  for about a week.  Good idea to protect them from the wind, especially when they get taller.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 22:02

Booked a day's holiday today and got a lot done in the garden, but ran out of 3" pots while potting things on and had to waste an hour going out to buy more.  Couldn't resist the 2-for-a-fiver offer on clematis while I was there though!  Proper April weather here too - showers, sun, hail, sun etc.  Had 24x70l bags of compost and a dozen 80l bags of bark to shift too, but as it was supposed to be a holiday I've left that until tomorrow..  Plan is to get the spuds in this weekend, too..  Work on Monday will probably seem more like a holiday than my 3 days off!

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 21:35

I'm lucky enough to have at least 2 species of bats visiting each year.  I think one species is Noctule as they are large and I can actually hear them (sounds like 'clicking') but not sure about the others.  I enjoy sitting out on a warm night just after sunset and watching them flitting around catching insects in the fading light.  It's quite amazing how agile they are in the air! 

fruit trees

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 21:13

Hi Tel, hope you're OK.  Yes, if you can't get them in the ground, then feed them in the pots.  The easiest thing to use is tomato fertiliser, mixed with water as advised on the label.  Tomato fertiliser is a good general purpose feed for fruit trees and other fruting plants.

young tomatoe plants

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 21:00

Like Fairygirl, I usually pot-on to 5 or 6" pots after the 3".  I don't plant into the cold greenhouse until local night time temperatures are guaranteed to not drop much below 10C, so about the end of May.  They've spent most of this week in the GH all day and night, but will be brought back indoors each night starting tonight, now that the night temps are forecast to be single figures (or even frosts) for the next few days.

does anyone know what it is??

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 20:44

I think nutcutlet is right - the flower buds look identical if you extract the photo and blow it up in an external image viewer.  I wish they'd fix the photos on the site so we can just click them to zoom-in, like we used to be able to.

Chelsea chop

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 11:35

Hi nut, yes, that's the main reason I do it to mine.  I was going to consign them to the compost bin as I got fed up with them falling over everything until I tried cutting them back when they were about 12-15" high.  Still might get rid to be honest - not overly keen on them, so if I need space for something else, they're high on the list of possible sacrifices! 

Compost bags

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 11:23

I also use them for lining pots and planters as well as the trenches in the greenhouse. I've also turned them inside out to hide the labels and used them for planting spuds and toms, but even all of that only recycles about 10% of them so I agree it's a problem.  There must be a way to commercially recycle all types of plastic bag I would have thought.  A chance for someone to make a few million with the right idea?!

Don't want my greenhouse blowing down..

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 10:09

The sliding door extension might work.  Most of the weight of sliding doors is taken by the top rail (there are usually wheels in the top of the door which run along the top door rail which comes with the kits.)  All the bottom door rail does is guide the door and stops it swinging outwards, so you could even screw a piece of timber to the concrete to do that.

I would build the base and greenhouse as it is first (but no glass yet), so you can see how everything works, then cut parts out to extend the door later (an angle grinder with a metal cutting disk will easily cut through both aluminium and breeze block.)  One problem may be that an extended door will hit the breeze blocks when you slide it.  The way around that might be to set the the breeze blocks on that side of the door frame in a different way, so they are flush with the outside, or cut part of them away with a chisel.  The most important thing is that the greenhouse frame and base is supported from below by the breeze blocks all the way around where there is glass above.  If you don't do that, the weight of the glass will cause the frame/base to bend and the glass will crack.  If you can't see an easy way to do that on the door end, having to use a couple of steps wouldn't be the end of the world!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

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

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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