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Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:47

Mine is glass and is fixed to sleepers that were dug into the earth - we're not allowed concrete or mortared walls on our allotment.  It was a bit of a back breaking exercise as they have to be perfectly level (I roped in some help).  I would say that the base took longer than the rest of it put together.

Windows 8.1 - a warning !

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:42
David K wrote (see)

one know if it’s possible to buy a new PC with a Win 7 operating system?.....I need to replace my existing  desktop.

You can buy a desktop pc with windows 8/8.1 and a copy of Windows 7.  Pop the disc into the drive and start the computer up.  It's very easy (maybe a little daunting) to install windows nowadays.  I haven't bought a "built" PC for a long time.  

The issue for Windows 8 is that it's designed for touch screen and doesn't work well with a mouse.  Windows 8.1 sort of put the "start" button back and made it a bit more mouse and keyboard friendly.

Microsoft and Apple are just as bad as each other for providing ill prepared software and hardware to the market.  It makes it worse because they both make the software script invisible from users.  If there is then a problem you have to wait for their proprietry engineers to sort it out.  I find it ironice that "Apple lovers" hated Microsoft's corporate dominance yet out of the founders, one died a multi-billionaire (Steve Jobs) and the other is one of history's biggest philanthropists with a charitable foundation doing great work in Africa (Bill Gates).

Green Houses

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:26

Hello there,

The bubblewrap needs to be as big a bubble as possible to let as much light through as possible.

Some things I have learnt the hard way:

  • When putting your glass in, do the roof first.  This helps to square up the walls. Use new clips and greenhouse adhesive foam tape.
  • If you are taking the green one down you will probably find that you shear a lot of the bots that hold it together (50% of mine did).  They are very cheap to replace.  If you can afford it, I would replace all of them.
  • If one of the panes breaks in your greenhouse and you can't fix it right away remove a pane from the opposite side.  This will prevent it behaving like a parachute when the wind blows and there is less chance your greenhouse will get damaged or even blown into next door's garden (one couple on our allotment found their 8'x6' greenhouse 50 feet away after a storm during the night).
  • If you want to grow grapes in one then you'll need a hole in the wall to train the vine through - you plant the vine outside and train it into the greenhouse (only the fruits need the heat) as the roots need plenty of moisture.

I don't think you'll have a problem with wanting water to "drain away".  In the summer I daily add a can of water to the floor of mine to try to increase the humidity and my base is patio slabs laid directly on earth.

Good luck



Posted: 23/10/2013 at 13:25

They will work in pots, it's just a pain to water them all the time while the fruit is setting.  They like plenty of water, but don't like their roots sitting in it.  

I would buy some ericaceous compost and plant them in that.  Just make sure you give them a good mulch so that the acidity is replaced when it's naturally diluted during winter rains.

Do you have an area of your garden where brambles like to grow?  If so I'd put your raspberries there - they thrive in the same conditions.  

If you still have no luck next year I would try loganberries - a cross between raspberries and blackberries and a bit more tolerant of differnent soil types.

As for diseases, raspberries are prone to :

Cane spot - purplish spots on the leaves and fruit.  The canes need to be cut to beneath ground level and burnt and then a copper fungicide used on the growing canes as they emerge.

Grey Mould - The canes start to die off.  Cut back to fresh growth and burn dead canes. Prune the canes back to let air circulate around them.

Spur blight is like cane spot with purple blotches but on the canes and the canes start to turn silver.  In spring the buds and shoots die back.  Again cut out diseased canes and burn them.  Use a copper fungicide when the buds have grown about an inch.

Aphids can also be a problem.  Look for the leaves curling, underneath there will be a sticky mess of tiny insects.  There are a number of ways of getting rid of aphids but I just remove the badly affected leaves, try to wash the others and then spray with a strong solution of washing up liquid.  If there are ants on there as well I try to find the nest and destroy it as they (literally) farm the little buggers.

Good luck!


Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 12:58

If you put this number in the ebay search you'll see what i mean:


I'm not the vendor btw or related to them an any way, it's something I have on my watch list and keep meaning to buy.

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 12:55

On fleabay you can buy electric tape on the cheap (its copper tape connected to a battery - slugs and snails hate it).  Only any good if you've emptied your bed of the slimey thieves first mind you.

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 10:35

Lol Verdun - is Dove's hog wearing a pinny? 

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:44

Nemaslug.  Do it quickly before the soil temp drops below 5 degrees C.

which water pump

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:44

I now know who to ask about water features 

fruit cage advice please

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:28

If you buy a steel one it will need to be painted every year.  Aluminium will last forever - like greenhouses - but are expensive.

One of the blokes on our plot used white plastic pipes with 90degree joints and some netting.  Looked a bit like this:

It works really well and will likely last many, many years.  I'm so jealous I'm thinking of building one next year instead of my usual bamboo canes and "build a balls" effort.




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