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What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 23:48

they are fairly robust, i cut off all the old leaves to the ground in January, it seems a bit harsh but youll be rewarded when the flower spike appears closely followed by all the new leaves.

What tree is this?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:58

its not a fushia, looks more like escallonia

water-in-the-greenhouse

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 01:19

if your running mains water to a greenhouse the pipe will need to be sunk in a trench at least a foot deep from your supply or house to the greenhouse, Ive previously done this a few times, is the concrete foundation a full base poured slab of concrete? or is it just a foundation slab around the outside edge to sit the greenhouse walls on? if its a full slab id be tempted to bring the pipe up just outside the greenhouse and sink a concrete fencepost into the ground then attach the pipe and tap to that, concreting the post in is best so its secure. be aware that you should get your plumber to allow a valve in the pipe to enable you to drain the pipe of all water before the first frosts to stop the pipe/tap from freezing and fracturing.

If its just a foundation slab around the outside which forms a base for the greenhouse to sit on you should be able to dig out enought of a hole under the foundation to continue the pipe into the greenhouse before then fixing a postinto the ground in the greenhouse (as per outside) 

BLACKSPOTS

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:59

Ive heard that if you have a coal fire and spread the sweepings when you have your chimney swept around the base of the rose the acidity in the soot kills off the black spot fungus, ive never tried it as my roses dont get black spot but might be worth a go if you can get your hands on some coal soot

 

update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 22:44

I bought a 12ft x 8ft secondhand greenhouse a year ago and like you i wanted the extra height so as not to bang my head on my hanging baskets as i had done in a previous greenhouse id owed. so i added a row of breezeblocks on edge, the greenhouse came with an aluminium base which i drilled holes in every 18inches and used 100mm self tapping screws and rawlplugs as in the photo previously posted.It doesnt move, even in 60mph winds.

I had the same thoughts about the step, especially as id raised it up by 150mm on the block and a further 100mm on the aluminium base but cutting any of the base bars would weaken the structure so much that the when you added the glass the weight would cause the sides either side of the door to splay outwards, this may be lessened by the screws along the base but i wouldnt trust it in a gale.

As per previous comments, its the base that holds the whole structure together, it may only be thin strips but i promise you cutting it will be a disaster waiting to happen and a waste of £500 not to mind how you'd feel if it injured a loved one if they were inside.

I built a step outside mine and laid a slab path down the centre of the GH raised up so as to lessen the step.

Finally...  sliding doors need to have both top and bottom runners, if you were to remove the bottom runner your doors would buckle, the glass would get damaged/ broken

If this is really going to bother you that much you'd need to get a tig welder in to rebuild the whole door section and to fit a hinged door.

Ive built 4 greenhouses and dismantled 3  so i have experience with these structures.

its your call but i know what i would do 

Another "Guess the plant" Thread

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:58

almost 100% that the large one is the Viburnum Tinus as previously suggested and id agree that the one at the back looks most like a hebe but which sort im not sure

Lupins

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 23:32

My lupins are up and have a few dozen leaves already on each plant. I am in bournemouth though and near the sea so we are a bit warmer.

i grow a dozen or so in a bed and they struggle to make it past the first year, however if the do they do great, this year it looks like ill have to replace 4 of the 12 as theres no sign of them.

To keep the slugs off i use copper rings, i dont like using pellets as i feed lots of wild birds in the garden. you just need to make sure none of the leaves hang down over the edge of the copper ring or it gives the sulgs/snails a way in.

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:11

I have a 12ft x 8ft greenhouse, i dug out the area to a dept of 2 ft, put in a 6inch layer of hardcore to allow good drainage , then poured a rectangular area of concrete 6inches deep and 8inches wide around the edge, i then laid a single row of full size concrete blocks on edge and fitted my greenhouse base to that, i have a central path made from slabs (2 wide)   18inch x 18inch down through the centre, i then filled in the remaining area with a mixture of well rotted manure, topsoil, weeded garden soil and sharp sand, 

I do plant directly into it, it drains really well, i will need to top it up yearly but i do use the soil from the greenhouse in pots when im potting things on, so it will be rotated.

It was a lot of work but i will certainly do it again when i fit my next greenhouse later this year.

 

favourite plant

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 00:22

has anyone heard of using soot from a coal fire chimney around their roses to acidify the soil and stop blackspot in roses?

its an old victorian tip, ive never tried it as i dont grow roses but id heard its great for killing off the blackspot spores in the soil

I would be interested to know if anyones tried it and what sucess they have had

 

front door shade

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 20:31

would you think about getting some smaller pots aswell, starting them off round the sunny side of the house till they are large enough/ in flower and then bring them round to the shade, can be done with bulbs, pansies, primroses in the winter/spring, then have summer bedding started ready to takeover in may/june, the shade and cooler temperatures will slow down the flowering but it can be done really well if you have a larger number of pots and can rotate them every few weeks with ones in a sunnier position.

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