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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Goji berry

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 00:28

I was bought a goji by my mum last year. Dutifully I potted it on, then pruned it into a semi-bush like shape. Currently sitting in a 14" pot and buds swelling so leaves imminent. From what I remember of the research I did when I first was given it, they taste horrible, they are supposed to be a 'super' food, full of anti oxidants etc. I believe you add them in your cooking rather than eat by themselves. The major thing I found was the only people getting a crop outside were those in the south, so that led me to believe they need probably a good southfacing sun drenched (all day) sheltered position. I can't say much else after the washout that was last summer, aside from I didn't even wrap it in fleece through the winter and snow, and it's still doing fine now. I may shove it in a corner somewhere and wait and see, Guess I'm lucky because during summer, 90% of the garden sees the sun for at least 10+ hrs a day. Hell to grow shade loving stuff though!!

Fruit and veg for the greenhouse

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:37

I'd just grow the toms in there the rest outside. It all really depends on the weather. Last year I was glad I brought two courgettes into big pots to grow in the greenhouse, the ones outside didn't produce much because the rain kept destroying the flowers before the fruit set, but inside gh, no problems! I have a peach trained as a fan inside mine, I also clear all the staging out once my germination stage is near enough finished, I leave the propagation table for cuttings and successive sowings of lettuce pak choi etc. I find it so much easier to start things like cabbage lettuce inside greenhouse, then transplant out when a decent size.

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:18

garjobo, you still having grief? With regard to the spikes, don't worry about if they stick or not, if you are rawl plugging and screwing down base every 8 inches or so they will be providing the strength. How much is the level out, if you are talking a few mill then it won't make much of a difference. I take it the base is one of those alu box type? They are bendy as hell, and do bear in mind that once you add the weight of the greenhouse and glass, the frame will find it's own level. Provided you aren't massively out with the levels, the glass will fit np. Take a look at the way the glass fits to the window vent. When you add the window pane rubbers/sponge which grip the glass and channel water away from inside, you will see the tolerance of how much leaway either side the pane you have to play with. I'm quite lucky as mine is like maybe 10mm either side, so even though I was a little bit out, there was enough tolerance in the design that I could get away with it.

I know you've had a nightmare on this but relax, be methodical. It isn't worth having a huge stress over. If the level is only a small amount out, construct the greenhouse, you'll soon discover if the glass fits. Good luck my friend, we're all rooting for you.

chillie pepper seeds

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:05

Sow them now, just be sure to bring the plant into a conservatory / heated greenhouse before first frosts. Unlike tomatoes, chillis get better with age. It's only after the 4th season should they be discarded. The most productive bushes are 2nd and third year plants. Loads of advice on the net about it. Good luck.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 11:58

I use rose clear, buy the concentrate for about 9 pound, makes like 30 litres. Mix it up in a hand pressure sprayer then off you toddle! It kills greenfly also provides protection because of the systemic action. It also deals with blackspot etc. If you have lots of roses, (I have maybe 20) it's the stuff to use. I too have noticed a dearth of ladybirds, also hoverflies are down. I plant between my roses with marigolds calendula etc, also scabious to try and attract as many natural predators. The problem is my garden is right next to 3 massive maples in the street, on a warm day you can literally see millions of greenfly coming off them. Spraying is not so great I know, I do spray in the evening, and check over the plants for any larvae or lady birds etc, so hopefully minimise 'friendly fire' casualties.

As I said, spraying isn't so great, but if you want your roses healthy and happy, it's what I do. I have tried spraying water at them to blast them off, but they are back in a day or two, also easy to damage new buds and shoots this way. The blackspot is the nightmare though, again rose clear at least slows it somewhat. Good luck.

What is this insect?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:26

nowt to worry about unless your lawn is really suffering, leave them be, and if you find them, shove them on the lawn for the birds, lovely protein for the chicks.

What to do

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:22


Poorly Camellia

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:22

what water? if it's from the tap probably the cause, rainwater only for ericaceous plants.. you can fill buckets from tap and leave a week or so, but tap water(hose) big no no.

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 00:37

Welcome, welcome, I'm sure you'll be bending ears on here plenty and bring it on! Nothing like an enthusiastic person to bring up all our spirits. I bought my house 2 and a half years ago, garden looked well tended and so I was happy, it was on digging I started my knightmare.. I'm sifting and manuring and mixing with compost every border lol.. You have so much fun to enjoy! We'll be here, waiting to help, cajole and save you from suicide! Great to see a project, I'm like you, I have a young family and want to grow as much food as I can, AND have a nice garden too. I only found out from the neighbours that my whole garden was left feral for 10 years about 2 years before I moved in.. Literally, I move a stone, 3 docks, 2 dandylions and a bergamot start growing lool. I'm now busy mulching with my homemade compost.. I have 'dalek' bins, but have got a really good stirrer, so I get great compost in about 6 months.. If I can help then just yelp! Good luck, and keep up the good work.

White blotching on plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:30

heat sounds the cause, Mr mello is on point with this.

Discussions started by BrummieBen

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water those poor souls!

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

well not really 
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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Needing old mouse or vole nests

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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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