Latest posts by BrummieBen

I love bees but

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:32

I had a swarm of a few hundred honey bees arrive in my acer a couple of days ago. Called out the local beekeeper chap and he had them all in a box within an hr or so. Still feel a bit sad for the 50 or so that are still left waiting to die

Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:30

Quite how you can train a cat to not do something which is instinctual is rather a difficult task. As people say, there's far more in the world to worry about. I have two cats, I regularly pop round my neighbours, esp the more elderly ones to have a quick check with my scoop. Another solution would be to limit the number of cats, but I prefer some cat poo rather than legions of rats resistant to poison. There is some sort of motion detector thing you attach to a hose for about £40 that sounds the most promising, it starts a sprinkler everytime it is triggered.

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 20:59

They are 'trying' to increase the amount of oxygen at the root, if you look at hydroponic systems, the main reason the yield is much larger, is purely down to the increased air around the root mass. Whether dissolved oxygen in the water makes a difference is up for debate, if you want to spend the exorbitant on a hose attachment, best off putting it towards a hydroponic system and actually reaping the benefits.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 07:06

Just a word, what ever you decide on, once the fruit is gone remove the netting for the winter. My neighbour didn't at his allotment, and even with 2 cm netting, the heavy snowfall in one night built up and ripped his cages to bits!!! If you are planning on fruit for the longterm, getting a decent metal setup is the way, if you aren't so sure, using wooden posts and 2x1 inch batton is fine while you decide.

PVC Fencing

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:01

Probably the same price as concrete gravel boards. I think I paid 6 or 7 pound a board. I don't think I'd use plastic ones tbh, they will fade etc and are they really light? Do they bend? Well the answers to all those questions are well known for concrete.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:00

Lovely space Nicky, tonnes of work though!! They did enjoy the water just like today, not so keen on the gusting wind which is snapping dahlias and young plants for fun.

Organic Solutions?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 15:39

they are tiny caterpillars, green with a black head, when first hatched they are like less than 1 mm, fully grown maybe 4mm and a head like a black pinhead. They are hard to spot, easiest way is to look at the damage areas, they will be curved like the halfcircle they are planing off, they will all basically be on the leaf edges.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 15:32

I live on a corner and my front garden is about 6 ft above the pavement, it's an ideal territory marking spot, they also repeated dig up and bury things in the borders. I'm likely to pick up an electric fence this year, nothing too strong but enough to deter foxes and cats. I've tried netting which stops the cats, but with the foxes, there are particular spots that it likes to dig, and it either rips at the netting damaging everything around it, or digs next to the netting. I've seriously considered making a trap, catching it then driving it 50 miles away. Currently it's looking like an electric fence is going to be the one. They are very reasonable for what I want, about 80 quid, and 80 quid for peace of mind, well that's a bargain in my book.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 01:57

I eat my hat, I've been on the greenhouses direct site, what a difference the recession and 2 years make! Yes they are still more expensive but 2 years ago they were doing 8x10 for like 5grand+ . Guess they have been hit hard, still, can get a real beauty that will last forever for so cheap now! I have to stop looking, my OH will have me for toast!

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 01:36

adam can I ask, Size of your GH again and cost in total? My 10x 12 with 4 roof vents (2 auto) and 2 auto louvre, with sliding double doors came to about £1500. This also includes barcapping and 4mm safety glass throughout and the 3 sets of staging. I laid the base, and granted, I wouldn't be hanging baskets off the frame, but if I had the choice again, because I looked in envy at the rhinos, I'd buy 3 of mine rather than one of yours.. mainly because they started at like 4 grand, and for the size I wanted was 5grand+. They do look the biz, but when you add bar capping and 4 mm safety glass, stability is sorted. One thing I would change about mine is the roof vents, I've had to engineer some flaps to keep out the rain because half inch holes weren't good, where it joined the main peak truss of the gh. Still glue gun and some spare bits of flashing I had about and it's all good now.

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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water those poor souls!

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Back after a long slog

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

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

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

well not really 
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Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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