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broken greenhouse pane

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:13

Greenhouses are generally still measured in imperial units so also look/ask for 2ft x 2ft greenhouse glass.  You can get acrylic replacements online - google "2ft x 2ft x 3mm Acrylic" - at about twice the price of glass from a glazier.

Mystery tomato plant

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:01

We know our onions.. erm tomatoes, Dove!

Mystery tomato plant

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:56

Some tomato types are called 'potato leaved' varieties and that's what you have there.  Perfectly normal and probably one of the 'heritage' plugs.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 15:21

Will be picking the last of the strawbs this weekend, but the summer raspberries are now producing as are the blueberries, red gooseberries and worcesterberries.  Also blackberries, cucumbers, spuds, tomatoes, calebrese, courgettes and turnips.  Climbing french beans have lots of tiny beans on too.  Japanese plums starting to ripen as are the peaches and the apple trees are absolutely loaded this year.  Only real disappointment are the cherries as woodpigeons scoffed them all before I could net them!  Oh and the Goji berries - 3rd year now and not even a single flower!

wood pidgeons

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 15:06

Mark, try stringing a wire between two posts or other points and hanging the feeders from the wire, at least a metre from either end.  That also helps deter squirrels, too.  I had to remove the trays I fitted to the bottom of my feeders as the woodpigeons had learnt how to land and balance on the trays.  It's a constant battle trying to outwit them as they are intelligent birds and learn new tricks fast!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:17

They do like a drink:

Raised beds on allotment

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:02

On allotments, I would grow in the ground.  However, raised beds can be useful if you have very heavy clay soil or if you have trouble with certain pests as you can more easily cover a raised bed with enviromesh or fleece.  The latter works well against pests common on allotments such as carrot fly.

wood pidgeons

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:49

Netting is the only thing that works for me Bill.  You could try a fake bird of prey (ie a decoy) - google 'pigeon scarer decoy' for a range.

please not a weed?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:44

It's a Greater Plantain and is a weed I'm afraid Cathy.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 14:28

Just about the only things you can safely use on edible crops and which might work against beetles is diatomaceous earth or neem oil, Lynn. 

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