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Posted: 09/08/2013 at 15:53

Bricks along the bottom help keep the plastic from flapping. Use the guy ropes as well if you can.  I planted some leafy salad stuff in mine this morning. On the shelf in a poystyrene fish box ( the type fish are delivered to the fishmonger in.)  While the slugs can climb the walls, I find they are less likely to devour letttuce and rocket and oriental leafy stuff if it is high up. They will grow there until about november.

 I use mine in Spring as a half way house between the greenhouse (With electic heating to keep the frost out) and outside. Sort of an overgrown cold frame.

You will be able to grow tomatoes in next summer, planting in big buckets or grobags.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:26

Apple sawfly?



Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:22

It  appears you have murdered I t.

It will regrow.   train in any new shoots to where you want them.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:58

The trouble with the food bank is its free. Like the NHS it will expand for evermore, because there will always be a queue for freebies.  Like the 80 year old who picked up a pack from the bin aimed at 20 year olds. Free chlamydia test. I'll have one of these she said. When I gently asked if she thought it would be necessary, on the basis you don't see that many 80 yr olds with STD's, she said ' but its free so I'll have one'

 Ote for Note and there's a big queue.

I had a cousin helping the rough sleepers in Nottingham. He spent five years distributing blankets and food. He  gave up at the finish, because 5 years down the line, he was still giving handouts to the same people, who were spending  any money they got on  alcohol and drugs. He wasn't helping them, he was enabling them to live their alternative lifestyle.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:46

I said to OH the other day , that the whole garden seemed to be moving. Most of the butterflies were white ones, feeding off lavender and buddleja, but wriggling through the netting to lay eggs on the cabbages.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:42

I usually save seeds off Salvia Patens. they are big black seeds and can be individually sown next spring in plugs to provide more plants.  Also Cerinthe major purpurascens  is expensive to buy in packets, but produces masses of big seeds, easy to sow in individual pots.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:32

RHS has fruit identification days. See RHS website for details. You take along some fruit and they can tell you what variety it is. They have some at Wisley, and also at Vincent square in London.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 22:33

Far too early to be lifting Parsnips.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 22:26

I found one last week on a plant I bought. About an inch long.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 17:08

Try Burncoose nurseries in Cornwall.

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