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New school greenhouse- where to begin?!

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 11:53

Good advice from Flobear .We are members of the RHS School Campaign. You work yourself through different levels and get freebies along the way (money when you get to level 3!!). Your school is also put on the country map with the level you are at denoted. If you access the site now, you could find out if there are any active schools in your area. They also give you a pack to run a 'Get your Grown Ups Day' when you can run a day where parents, staff can do some of the hard graft for you - we put together raised planters and planted them up in one afternoon.

It would be good if you could team up up with one of your secondary feeder schools - share local info, borrow equipment to get you started etc...visit the other schools for inspiration...We have also made contact with our local park and have helped plant bulbs/plants in the park.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening/default.aspa

Quince

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:42

Google 'membrillo' - it's what the sppanish do with quince. A lovely paste/jelly that they serve with cheese.

New school greenhouse- where to begin?!

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:13

I too run a gardening club in a Primary school and should love a greenhouse.  What about some lettuces to start; overwintering your geraniums etc (- we are using window sills all over school for ours and other things we have propagated); give your bulbs a head start - we've just planted up some and have hidden them away from the squirrels/foxes until they get their roots down.

I want to get a heated propagator for next year....so we can sow a wider range of seeds with more success.

New Lawn

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 19:13

Is the new turf too low or too high - are you going to put the soil on the new grass or the old? Is it that the new turf is just not abutted closely enough to the old grass?

New Lawn

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 18:50

Lift the turf and add enough soil to bring it up to the right level or take soil out if it is too low - you don't say which problem you have. You are better to sort the problem out sooner rather than later.

New Lawn

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 18:47

Have you laid turf or sown seed?

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:56

It's been a glorious day in Essex today. Cut the grass - well, picked up more leaves than grass.. and then did the edges.Took in about 6" from the grass to make the flower beds a bit bigger and definitely planning to take even more from around my conifers where the grass won't grow - then I'll have to buy some more plants/bulbs! 

Can you tell me what this is

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:49

Oops, didn't read the bit about cuttings. You can break a bit off, let it dry out for a day or two and then then put it in sandy or gritty compost and it will root easily. These plants need to be kept on the dry side esp. over winter. If repotting mix lots of grit or sand in with the compost. They should flower for you if you let them bake(hopefully) next summer in full sun in a sheltered position.

Can you tell me what this is

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 17:45

Looks like an aeonium - house leek. Will need brought in or put somewhere very sheltered as wet or cold will kill it.

Talkback: Growing camellias

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 14:29

Somerset steve, the rust you speak of on your flowers is not rust. It is damage caused to the petals by either wind/frost or both. What situation is your camellia sited in - facing east? windy site? frost pocket - what part of the country are you in? 

 

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