Latest posts by BrummieBen

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:51

yeah, agapanthus for me, my mum loves them so they remind me of her (she's not gone yet!) Bluebells, (grew up across a lane from a bluebell wood) love in the mist, and forgetmenots!! (bain of my life!) My favourite blue is the jacaranda tree when it first blossoms, very light blue and so beautiful, guess it reminds me of the med and Malta.. and good times. Ceanothus on a mature shrub, is absolutely superb, if it's been fed right, a 5 ft high by 3 ft across shrub can really wow. And the bees love it!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:58

I can confess to being a bit of a clean freak too, I religously scrub the inside from top to bottom every spring, my GH is also North South and the back wall is actually not glass, it's attached to the end of my summerhouse. The floor is gravel, perhaps because of the lack of soil (the pea gravel is about 4" thick), I don't have the humid conditions for fungus to enjoy? I do damp the floor down on particularly hot days, but as I say I'm either exceptionally fortunate, or my system is particularly efficient. Many tips on here from you Italophile, I'm sorry if I came across as rude, wasn't intended.



Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:36

If you use the cheap readily available sets,  with the 4 mm tubing, connected to 13 mm main tube, and use 'end drippers' you can actually set the pressure at the tap to whatever L/H you need. Well it's what I do anyways.

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:24
Lokelani wrote (see)

I think a root barrier maybe the only answer. Not all neighbours can be bothered to  resolve problems they are causing, if it costs them time or money! 

We get bindweed under the fence from one neighbour & ground elder & bamboo from the other! 

We have twice tried emptying the borders, digging every trace of root (or so we thought) out before replanting. Pointless, as others have said. Loads of the weeds still pop up & more grows under.

The funny thing is both sides have well manicured looking gardens with paid gardeners, who obvioulsy only tend the front of the border & what goes on at the back or behind the shrubs gets ignored! 

I get so fed up with glyphosate looking like it hasn't worked, or it raining, or being too windy to apply, it needing to dry before the dog can go out... I now just tend to pull them out when I see them. 

It seems so unjust that we will probably end up putting root barriers along all the fences both sides at our expense when they should be our neighbours problems, but that's life.

Or back to the glyphosate. Beware of strengthening the concentrate, that can apparently just kill the plant before it has time to take it all the way down to the roots, so is counterproductive. 

hmm thanks for the tip on the glyphosphate, I didn't know that, mind, I've not really had any docks or dandys back in the same place. Brambles and bindweed always regrow, but I'm thinking due to extensive root systems rather than overpowering the concentrate.

Seed Sowers

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 00:44

dry sand added always works!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 00:32

3ft? so in a 6 ft x 4 ft green house you'd grow 4 plants? Yes in an ideal world, we all would have a 3ft spacing, but we actually live in the REAL world, I have a 12' x 10' greenhouse, I grow 12 indeterminates stright down the middle in 14" pots, I then grow cuc's on back wall, and tumbling toms down the sides.. I do have great ventilation, 2 auto louvre, either side, and 4 top windows also auto, I bought and built this way purely for this ventilation, I live on the side of a hill and catch the breeze. Touchwood, never had blight, whitefly or any other problem. My greenhouse is situated in my back garden, far away from veg crops so maybe this helps too?

Italophile, I don't have any fans in my setup, however telling people a spacing of 3 foot or greater is going to freak most newbies out.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 00:13

matty you are like me when I first started, trust me, buy a spirit level near 3 ft in length. I made several raised beds and when I watered it all went to one corner! When you build the bed, use the level, looks much better too! And it means you digging out typically an extra few mins.. I think I paid maybe 12 quid, but it's a tool for life, so really it's quite cheap.

Pesky ants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 23:48

just water every day, provided you have adequate drainage they will soon move on, better still blast the aphids off with a sprayer, can be got for 2 quid or less, no chemicals and takes a few mins a day.

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

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 23:45
skyrunner wrote (see)

Hi. Just one last thing to mention, before the erecting and placement, but fear it may just be a tad late. Have you sufficient room around the outside to place one, two, three or more water butts all connected in series, so when it surely rains, you have free water from each side of your greenhouse, filling up your butts. You can never have too many. I actually have space for 9x40+ gallons each, some hold much more than 40. I guarantee you may regret later on if you can't put some around for this free water supply.

  Just another spanner in the proverbial works. Sorry!!!



not really, they look great along the side of the ramp!

Ants in compost bin

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 23:41

I always hope ants use my daleks as nest sites or better still nurseries for the flying ant brigade, yes flying ants are a pain for a day or two a year, but the compost from them is amazing.. They make so much air go through the heap, get all sorts of fantastic bacteria and it breaks the heap down so much quicker, these guys should be encouraged. I make a point of never shifting the heap when they are busy with the swarm, every year they come back and I am rewarded with fantastic compost, super crumbley and better than anything you can buy.. Yes ants are bad in the house, but I would encourage them to the compost heap everytime, they provide air, and everyone knows that a well turned compost heap breaks down quicker, this is due to the air you are introducing. So if you have thousands of tiny tunnels through your heap, probably a lot more air introduced than using a fork, oh, and a lot less effort!

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