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Latest posts by ColinA

seedling compost

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 15:56

I have started making my own compost this year due to poor quality bought stuff

I mix equal amounts of sieved garden soil, leaf mould and peat and so far having good results with seedlings and potting on plants


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:58



I cut off the flowers as they take energy from the plant. As for when to pick pull the stems when they are long enough to use --usually about a foot or more long.

I was always advised to stop pulling rhubarb in July so that the plant can build up strength for the next year

Vegetable Seeds

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 14:53

I have got my seeds over the last few years from Kings Seeds.

Good service and good quality and price

Jeyes fluid uses

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 15:00

I use Jeyes at the recommended dose for washing down the greenhouse interior and exterior.

I also water in all my brassica plants, and peas and beans in the allotment when planting as it is the only thing i have found to control wireworm.

I mix at a ratio of 25Mls to 5Lts water

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 14:38

Any out door electrics must be done by a qualified electrician as i believe they have to be certified by the local council

cleaning a greenhouse

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 14:40

I always wash the glass down inside and out with Jeyes fluid in early spring making sure to get into all the nooks and cranny also scrub the paved  floor with the same then rinse down with a hose pipe.

Wash for apple trees

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 13:18



Does anybody know what ratio ie. ml to Ltrs of water of Jeyes fluid is required to wash down an apple tree as we can no longer obtain tar oil

onion problems/help

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:14

Hi Darren


I always start my onion sets in deep plug trays in the greenhouse in mid march and have always had a good rooting and growth before planting about a month later depending on the weather. I used to grow Sturon but changed to Rumba a couple of years ago and have had excellent results.

Garden Bench

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:28

Thanks for that do you know if I can buy them ready cut to size?

Garden Bench

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:11



I have a garden bench with cast iron ends, The slats appear to be Teak and are rotting away at the ends. Does anybody know if it is possible to buy replacement slats for these benchs.

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Garden Bench

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Nettle Fertilizer

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