Latest posts by Farmergeddun

what utter confusion!

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 01:32

No FB here either.  

If you don't like two threads doing the same thing either stick to one or create another.  If you don't like a particular clique then create your own thread.  If you don't like what's being said then don't listen and don't come back.  

What is it? (Before I chop it down!)

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 01:16

Definitely not Japanese Knotweed.

Best for privacy

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:34

Good thing about pots is that they can be moved

What's this?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:34

LOL Janey - my Missus is exactly the same.  I always label my stuff.  It doesn't look like a herb but pinching the leaves will definitely tell you if it is.  I wouldn't eat it unless you do know either!

?? Pond on My Allotment

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:30


There are many ways of having a pond without actually having a pond

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:20

Hi MrsH

We have a horse riding school quite close and they deliver it for free (else they have to pay for disposal).  Don't get any during the summer - all out to pasture - but get loads of it in the autumn to spring.  It is worth asking your allotment if it would be okay for this kind of thing to happen.  If it just get to phoning around.  You can also do the same with tree surgeons and wood chippings.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:13

Parsnips, like carrots must be sown in situ.  I grow mine in deep raised beds or oil drums with the bottom cut off.  I use a 50/50 mix of compost and playsand (it's cheap and sterile) and have never had any problems - All of mine are perfectly straight and grow well.  As for poor germination rates - that's why you sow too many and thin out.

Sickly Camellia

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:07

Yellowing of the leaves with brown spots does point to either magnesium or iron defficiencies. Espom salts diluted in water sprayed on the leaves work for magnesium defficiency in the short term and if it perks up you will need a long term solution..  

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:03

If you have gaps in your greenhouse you are asking for trouble - the wind races in through the gap and has nowehere to go.  Your greenhouse turns into a big balloon and goes pop!  As well as siting in a sheltered spot you should have your door facing north east as strong winds normally come from the south west.

If I had a greenhouse in a "wind tunnel" of a garden I would erect a windbreak - nothing solid just something to slow down the wind like some reed screening or some trellis with climbers.  On my plot I use scaffolding netting.

How to build your own raised beds

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 23:55

Hi Sue,

Raised beds work anywhere.  I have them in my greenhouse and polytunnel.  The soil heats up quicker in the beds and you don't need to dig them (just stay off the soil).

If your soil is waterlogged don't dig or walk on it - just leave it until it dries out a bit.  Otherwise you can mess up your soil structure and make digging it in the spring even harder (and harder for plants to put their roots through it).

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