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Greenhouse Footings

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 06:09

How did you anchor that one, Matt?

Greenhouse Footings

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 08:44

If I'm concreting in the feet of my 10'x 6' greenhouse, how big do the concrete feet need to be, in SE England where we rarely get frost and the soil is pretty free draining into chalk? Advice I've had so far varies from digging 36" deep (!), to someone saying they should be 'about the size of a brick'. I've even read one comment that said the glass is so heavy, I won't need feet. Also, my base has 10x 8mm holes which could be used to attach, so should I be making 10 little feet, or maybe only 4 bigger ones? The holes are not on the corners, and there are no corner spikes.

Late-summer apples?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:27
Berghill says:

We have Ashmead's Kernel which is just about ready here in North Shropshire. Also Court Pendu Plat which is a later flowering variety too.

See original post

 Thanks; I really want something earlier though.

Late-summer apples?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:17

I have an early summer apple, plus James Grieve, Bramley and Gala which are fruiting now. I'd like something to fill in the gap, in my Sussex neutral to alkali soil, shaded sheltered garden. Any suggestions?


Posted: 24/02/2016 at 06:15

I've got a large Skimmia which never produces berries. How can I tell if it's male or female? Also, if it happens to be female, could I acquire  a self-fertile plant to pollinate it, or would I need a male?

Draining a pond

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 09:37

I've got a pond which is about 3m x 2m, which I'm thinking of partially draining to clean around the 'shelves' , while leaving the fish in the central deep section, which occupies about a third of the surface area. I have so many fish that I don't want to have to put them all in a holding tank. Of course, it could be that they will get too crowded in the water that remains, but I won't know that until I start draining. Any suggestions?

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 11:06

Buddleja cost nothing.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:44

My experience is that a hardwood Buddleja cutting will turn into a flowering shrub very quickly. I want a short turn-around, get the flowers for perhaps as little as one season, and then get rid of the lot if I fancy it. If I plant, say, 30 cuttings, I don't want to have to dig up 30 established plants, even if the roots are near the surface.

It will be an experiment.

I might repeat it with Lavatera.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:29

Thanks obelixx, I'd never heard of Buzz.


Lyn, I don't want the roots to be able to establish, I've dug up so many in the past.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 07:42

I have removed most of the Buddleja from my garden, but I saw a table full of them at the garden centre which looked interesting en-masse,  and now I fancy planting a small area for low-growing flowers...but I'd like to be able to easily remove them after perhaps only one year, rather than letting them establish themselves. How best to achieve this? Sunken pots? 

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