Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Left over gutters and pipework

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:18

Hmmm .... If you've got plants in heat and light you'll need to be involved all year round.  I suspect that it wouldn't be so much growth in the winter - I think it would be more regular inspection to make sure that things weren't deteriorating or that there weren't pests or botrytis setting in. 

Gunnera naturally dies down in the winter - which would be just as well - one well-grown gunnera plant would be bigger than your polytunnel.

I hope it doesn't seem that I'm throwing a spanner in the works - it's just that it's such a shame when someone's enthusiasm goes to waste because they've not prepared properly.   I hope that you can find some plants that you'll be really interested in growing and that will hold your interest

Do you know the Hardy Tropicals UK website?

Left over gutters and pipework

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:46
Grant26 wrote (see)
....  but my gardening interest usually dies off in winter so I'd never get out to water them.....


That doesn't bode well for 'tropical' or 'not quite hardy' plants in a poly-tunnel    they'll be vulnerable to moulds, infestations etc at that time of year when you're not able to ventilate the polytunnel as much as in the summer - are you likely to increase your interest, or should you be looking for hardier plants that can more or less 'look after themselves' in the winter without heat/light etc?

Tomato feed

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:34

That sounds good - welcome aboard

Am I nurturing a weed again

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:29

November - I did say 'usually' and 'most' ............. and I didn't recommend pulling it up ..... I've been known to sow the seeds of plants 'most' people regard as weeds ..... Jack by the Hedge for instance


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:27

Good morning Wonky and everyone else who's appeared

Wonky, I've had a inspiration too - those raised beds are going to be moved (eventually) to the area where the tree roots are such a problem!   There's more, but it's still in my head ...

Left over gutters and pipework

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:23

Very interesting ideas Grant

I would want to divert rainwater to a storage/holding tank to give me control over the watering - I think just diverting rainwater 'as it falls' towards the plants might end up with some very boggy conditions in the winter months, which wouldn't be good.

There's a way of heating greenhouse/polytunnels by having a water storage tank in the middle of the greenhouse - this heats up in the sunshine during the day and radiates heat at night - I've never done this but if I were you I'd be researching it - there's stuff on the internet - certainly a way to reduce your heating costs.

Good luck

Tomato feed

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:54

Tomato food promotes flowers and fruit so it will be fine for courgettes, peppers, runner beans etc.

Veg that are grown for their leaves will need a different formulation - I use chicken manure pellets and an occasional dose of liquid seaweed fertiliser.

Planting wild flowers in a previously heavy weeded area?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:27

I've dealt with areas like that in the past and turned them into 'garden'.  It'll take time and a bit of hard work, but it can be done. 

Spray thoroughly with weedkiller containing glyphosate.  I'd use a knapsack sprayer to deal with that area properly.  Wait until it's all died down and is brown - probably about 3 weeks.  Then dig over the area thoroughly removing any roots, large stones etc.  Leave fallow for 6 weeks - if more weeds appear then spray again and repeat until no more weeds appear. 

While all that's happening I would be sowing and raising your own plants of perennial wildflowers in pots.

Then you can dig and rake the area again and sow or plant your wildflowers. 

Always remember that weedseeds will arrive on the wind so you'll have to keep an eye out for weed seedlings and hand-weed them out, or you'll have the same problem all over again.

Good luck


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:10

Good morning Fidget    Have a good day!

Yes, we've got steadier rain now, but it's not what I'd call 'heavy' - I've still got the door to the terrace open so that I can hear the birds and they're still hopping to and fro on the lawn

Advice about fig

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:07

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