Busy Bee2

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Gardeners hands! Best cream?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:23

For anyone with eczema or psoriasis tendencies, as we have here, where many creams and potions make us worse rather than better, I would recommend Nelson's calendula cream which we get from the health food shops.  It seems to cure all manner of ills very effectively. 

Total Newbie

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 20:31

Mel I think if you keep the GH humid rather than arid, it puts the spider mite off, and then you would avoid having to spray at it directly.  Just keep things a bit damp in there.  Waz, don't worry, the radio and the tea were in March/April - I couldn't spend long in there at the moment, and the hosing is now.  But I take your point about hosing and electricals!! 

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 10:30

I don't know how to explain this, but my liners go down the inner side of the raised bed, under the scaffold board, across to the next bed and up the inside of the board opposite, then gravel is put over the plastic to form a path between the beds.  This prevents the soil from washing out the bottom of the bed because it can't escape, although the prime reason was that all the gravel paths here have to have plastic beneath, because the weeds are so virulent. 

Total Newbie

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:58

That will be just fine for now!!  I occasionally branch out and take the hose into the greenhouse....

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:29

Goose it may depend on how exposed the wood on the outside of the bed is.  Ours are quite exposed to drying winds, and I prefer that the moisture in the soil doesn't affect them, and I am sure that whatever water gets into the wood of the boards evaporates from the other side pretty quickly.  I think more water would soak in if it weren't for the polythene.  They always seem quite dry tbh.  But maybe in a damper environment it would work the other way.  We have very free draining soil here. 

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:17

I would echo Dove there.  My raised beds are straight onto soil, but have plastic membrane from Toolstation/Screwfix stapled to the insides of the wooden boards to protect them from rot.  They are old scaffolding boards.  So just round the sides basically. 

Total Newbie

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:04

Staging comes into its own when you start pricking out seedlings into individual pots, but it is not yet warm enough for them to go outside.  I am not using my staging now though - the plants I have raised from seed are either planted out, or the pots are on tables outside, and I will plant out in autumn.  What is in my greenhouse now are tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers planted into the greenhouse soil, and chillies in pots which are on the ground and a couple of old growbags that had salad and rocket leaves in to get some early salad leaves - still producing but not so much.  The only reason why I, personally, might want staging again before next spring, would be if I were taking a lot of cuttings of things that were a bit tender, that I wanted to store in the greenhouse over winter.  But I am not at that level of gardening yet. 

The only other reason for staging at this time of year, would be if you wanted to grow things that live their whole lives in a greenhouse - like tropical things, in pots.  I am not (yet) interested in that.  My greenhouse is for A. bringing things on a bit early, for planting out.  B. growing crops that like it hot, like toms, peppers, cucumbers and chillies and C. bringing tender things into in the depths of winter, like pots with geraniums in. 

If I were you, I would leave off buying staging until next spring - keep a casual eye on ebay or the like and see if you can find some cheap, out of season.  There is no rush for it now.  And feel your way with other stuff, like thermometers and irrigation systems, and window closing systems.  In the short term, opening and closing doors and windows is probably as technical as you need to get.  The greenhouse at this time of year is a pretty unpalatable environment, but come next March, on a bright and breezy day, get an extension cable in there, pop Radio Four on, sow some seeds, read your GW magazine in there, cup of tea - magic!  That's when you will feel the joy. 

Total Newbie

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:30

Goose, it all depends on what you are growing.  I just got my greenhouse this spring, and have had some good tips from the folks on here. 

You won't realistically see the full benefit until the next growing season (2015).  You can't grow toms or chillies from seed now, but you might just pick up some plants at a GC or in a shop that you can put in there, but you may not crop till late August/September.  A lot of things that might start life in a greenhouse would need to be outside now. 

If you want to get going, I would focus on the beds.  You can plant carrots now - I am trialling Eskimo because they keep well through the winter, so have a long cropping season.  You can plant some types of cabbage in August for winter veg, but probably straight into the soil.  Then in Sept/Oct, you can plant onion and garlic from sets - I did that last year and am just harvesting now.  Salad leaves will grow quickly, and it might be that you can sow some late summer in the GH to extend the growing season - I plan to try, but have not done this yet myself!!    And of course, plenty of time to plant some in the raised beds now for later summer use. 

In the autumn, you  can plant some things for an early crop next spring, eg. broad beans.  Look at winter salad, if you like that sort of thing.  There is still time for rocket in the raised beds.  And radishes if you like them - they are very speedy growers. 

But the real joy will come next year, when you can pretty much grow whatever you fancy, now that you have both the greenhouse and the raised beds.  Hope I have given you some ideas - Bee x

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:42

Basil, although you need the outdoor seeds if you are growing outdoors, and coriander.  I grow stacks, and then whizz in the liquidiser in either water or olive oil and freeze into cubes in an ice tray.  Bit of a phaff, but soooo worth it for Mediterranean and Thai and Indian dishes - you'll thank yourself next time you're cooking.  Of course, you have to re-sow every year, but the coriander leaves are good in salads, and when they go to seed, collect those to grind for spice or plant next year.  Parsley too come to think  of it!!

Is all fair at the fayre?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 18:49

As I already mentioned in a previous thread, last Saturday at a local garden fair, I bought two David Austin roses for £16 (£8 each).  Both were quite developed and had flowers on, which are definitely the correct flowers.  They were in the classic DA pots, and had DA labels.  However, when I came to plant them out today, one of the grafts on the William Morris rose broke (for no good reason), and I have been left with a long flowering frond which I have stuck in a specimen vase.  I have two questions for the panel:

1.  Would DA actually sell a rose with a weak graft like that, or do people fake their roses?

2.  Did I do the right thing.....  I basically cut the long frond down to a piece about 15 cm long and a couple of leaf shoots, and stuck it back in the graft, and taped it with duct tape.  Then put the rest of the frond in a vase.  Grafting is obviously degree level gardening, and I am only halfway through my A level, so I haven't got onto it...  If I'd thought about it, I would have googled, but I acted instinctively. 

Any thoughts or PMs on the matter welcome..!

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