London (change)
Today 11°C / 4°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 6°C


Latest posts by BrummieBen

421 to 423 of 423

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 18:50

I was a complete novice but reasonable at DIY, I ordered a 12' by 10' GH and then started on the ground prep. My GH stands on paving slabs which are 2' square. It has gravel that is 3-4" deep on the inside with a paving slab 'path' down the middle. Having studied numerous  laying paving slab vids on the net, acquired the necessary tools, I started laying the slabs.. It looks so easy on the videos to mix up a dry sand/cement mix then lay the slabs on it, trust me it is not!!! If I was to do it again, I'd dig the trench a foot wide roughly level,  and then fill with some hardcore, following that I'd pour self leveling concrete into the trench and let it dry.. Using slabs seemed like a good idea, but it was a hell of a lot of work! I did ask a few builders/paving firms how much it would cost just to lay the slabs, worked out about 500+ hence why I did it myself. I grow everything in big pots in the greenhouse, easier to change soil if there is a problem.

Which spuds to get...

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 13:11

I bought some charlotte to grow in potato bags, I never grow maincrop as they aren't that expensive in the shops. I have bought from home bargains 99p a pack, so we'll see how they do, I bought from a well known mail order firm last year and they didn't arrive til mid-late march!! All ready in eagg boxes in conservatory chitting as we speak!!!

Vitopod Propagators

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 12:42

I too considered a vitapod, however I decided on using the diy video on the bbc, for about 60-70 pound made a thermostatically controlled propagator which can germinate 7-8 (maybe more) seed trays in a single sitting. Very very simple to make and should last years. One word of warning, they weigh a tonne, so make where they are going to be used! When I consider I was thinking of spending lots of cash on a pre-made job, it makes me shudder. The bonus with the diy version is you can use the cheap propagator 'sets' (the cells with the transparent top that fits over the tray). If you want to grow plants on, you can use some heavy duty plastic set on posts screwed to the sides to extend the height to whatever you need. I've used mine to grow spinach and cabbage throughout the winter as well, and of course it being in my green house helps ward off the frosts. Cost pennies a day to run, a very simple project and can be made to any size to suit. here's the link to Toby:

421 to 423 of 423

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

Replies: 13    Views: 1430
Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 14:21

clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
Replies: 11    Views: 864
Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 23:07

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
Replies: 7    Views: 721
Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 00:17

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

Replies: 7    Views: 800
Last Post: 17/05/2013 at 10:00

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Replies: 16    Views: 17298
Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:53

water those poor souls!

Replies: 8    Views: 612
Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

Back after a long slog

Replies: 3    Views: 472
Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
Replies: 11    Views: 780
Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
Replies: 4    Views: 658
Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
Replies: 13    Views: 1163
Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

Replies: 9    Views: 795
Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
Replies: 26    Views: 1231
Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 14:56

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
Replies: 6    Views: 608
Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
Replies: 5    Views: 622
Last Post: 08/03/2013 at 19:47

Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
Replies: 7    Views: 563
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 10:25
1 to 15 of 22 threads