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Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:53

That looks like hedgehog poo to me. We get some left on the patio.  I could be revolting and suggest swirling it in some water to see if you get beetle carapaces, but some people might be eating lunch

 I once reconstructed an entire fish skeleton from otter spraints that way.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:49

The italian firm ??Franchii? do big packets of mixed salad seeds. they seem to be a lot cheaper overall than  some of the british firms, which don't have many seeds in a a packet. You can sow a fresh tray every three weeks or so, there are some oriental mixes that are good for stir fry as well.

 The other thing that I think is good value, is a few plants of kale. Again, they are cut and come again, A square metres worth has been giving us plenty for the last year. Just remember to net to keep off the pigeons.

Are these some kind of daisy?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:35

cuttings off osteospermums take quite easily. the main problem is finding an unflowered shoot.  You might have to prune it a little, wait for new shoots and use them. It needs free draining compost, so mix MPC with 50% perlite or grit.

Insurance cheque arrived, Polytunnel 2 , here we come.

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:32

When we took over next doors garden, I was debating putting a big 42 ft x 14 ft poytunnel on their veg patch. I bought the little growhouse for hardening off plants to put in the new herbaceous border next door (the dog run), and it was only meant to be temporary, but last year I used it for salad stuff because it was better protected from pigeons and slugs. I see the £80 cost (£72.50 after vouchers) as being Ok even if it only lasts a couple of years. The trouble is, 10 minutes after being put up, its already full.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:20

Clarington, you can grow leaves to crop continuously quite easy.  I reckon we had £50 worth last year out of a mini growhouse.


I work that out that a bag of salad leaves is at least £1. You open it, use some, the rest go slimy and you throw it away. Pick your own is fresher, you only pick what you need at the time, and the nutrient content is higher. We should be cutting new leaves from these trays next week. They were sown 10 days ago.

Insurance cheque arrived, Polytunnel 2 , here we come.

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 07:02

They have a keder greenhouse on display at ryton gardens in Coventry. They look pretty good.

Easy Seeds

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:49

Most of the hardy annuals with big seeds. Nasturtium, sunflowers, calendula,  One seed per 3 inch pot. Let it grow until the roots fill the pot and then plant out. Don't mollycoddle too much. Once they're up, get them outside against a wall or other sheltered place. Its not too late for sweet peas, two or three seeds to a pot.

Insurance cheque arrived, Polytunnel 2 , here we come.

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:39

My mums are from Northern Polytunnels, and they have only replaced the cover once in 25 years. That was because the cat took a fancy to it, sharpening her claws.

 Now she's buried under where she used to lie on a pile of compost bags,(She died of old age at 19, not because of her clawing habit)

Very tall neglected pear and apple trees

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:34

RHS advice

Main thing is to get rid of the ivy this year, without damaging the bark of the fruit tree. Next winter, take out a third of the largest branches, and repeat following 2 years, thus not shocking it too much.  If you can get some good fruit off, the RHS has apple days at which it can be identified.

Insurance cheque arrived, Polytunnel 2 , here we come.

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:02

The glasshouse is a Robinson Royale . I've had it 25 years. Apart from a couple of cracked panes, its stood up to everything the weather has thrown at it.

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