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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.

fence panel type

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 01:14

I replaced 30 metres of fencing last year. Use google and find local fencing companies, the horizontal rubbish at homebase and b&Q is rubbish and expensive. I got 6ft x 6ft shiplap fencing (vertical) all preserved and mounted on 2x2" batten for 20 quid each. Vertical last much longer than horizontal. Also the boards were 1" thick and the whole lot was heavily treated. £5 a board cheaper than the fly-away rubbish that rots after a year or two from the regular places, mind it weighs a bit so get a mate to help. But then that's the quality.. I never understand why people buy balsa for a fence at silly prices!

Organic Solutions?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 00:51

They'll eat the lot, by clipping off the soft young growth the idea is you remove most of the sawfly. However, when push comes to shove sawfly eat ALL the leaves.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 00:41
Verdun wrote (see)

Tina, then do it.  Do it tomorrow.  I'll be asking you and there's a whole bunch of others here will be waiting for your response.

I have a feeling you are good at it.......

So this is where you all hide!!! Wish Brumbull would come back, was a top fellow. And the reason I have quoted Verdun is because Tina, you are one of 'those' people, and I 'am' one of the 'bunch of others' waiting for your response. You're a caring sort, to empathise is completely different to sympathise, go and help folk, I certainly don't get up at 6am or work nights for the money (I'm a nurse), I do it for the way it makes me feel, and the way I make people feel. Making a difference, far more powerful than any paycheck..

Planting a hedge - help!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 00:24

lol at FG, naughty? I never mentioned ugly neighbours !!! Holly, hawthorn, blackthorn, berberis, pyrocanthus, all of these really aren't that much more aggro than a conifer hedge, but you'll be rewarded with birds and lots of wildlife. Loads of insects that eat greenfly will make their home there, and don't forget stunning flower and berry displays. Birds will nest there, and also the roots won't turn the ground sour and suck the moisture and goodness from everything else.

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 00:17

Patience is the key, Lord knows how many times I've said that under my breath!! Esp last few days when this lovely gusting wind has seen fit to flatten and break sunflowers and dahlias grrrr. They are just under a foot so would have put support in next few days.. Always the way, anyways, I have to devise a better way of distributing the critters, like most bugs they want to go up, the pee tube they give you is next to useless. I'm thinking along the lines of making some paper pyramids or cones that touch the leaves of the plant. Have a type of gutter around base so they rush up and onto leaves at base of plant. Trying to sprinkle on the plant was a real pain tbh, sure some paper option is the way ahead.

Bolting onions....

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 00:08

minute onions bolt it's the end for storing them at all. The flower spike is integral to the bulb so you end up with 'bull necks' which mean it allows easy access to fungus if you try and store them. Start using them as salad onions if they are mild enough or use in casseroles etc. My autumn onions got hammered, loads died so I shifted them all to one bed. I saw in home bargains some stuttgarter for a pound and bunged them in the free bed, several already bolting, goes to show, put them in the right time or it's disappointment. If they have bolted start using them, then stick in your leeks.

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 23:14

you are the second to say that, and reading and looking again I think it is. Same scent, same bush habit, same type of thorns too. I think what threw me was the colour, most pics show a very dark pink rose, whereas my first few pics it's light pink. It is southfacing for most of the day so chances are the colour bleached to a very pale pink on my first photos, these ones today are markedly deeper pink, so I'm very happy that mystery has been answered. The big problem now is in doing the research, I've seen about 20 other types I need, lol!


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 23:03

Have they got wet? Did you get them from homebase or similar? These places tend to water from the top down all over flowers and developing flowers, in the case of pets, too much water from above can result in them rotting off at the bud stage. My advice would be to remove all of the 'green spongy effect' to half inch below where it ends, give the plants a liquid feed once a week and you will find if we have some sun and temps stay up, plants should come back strong and flower their socks off. Good luck.

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