Latest posts by figrat

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:03
I notice in your first post you say you are growing them in pots on your kitchen wall. Can you give more details?

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Posted: 31/08/2012 at 17:25

Sure is. And what timing....

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 16:38
I use phacelia, but must point out that it is frost tender. Have had a couple overwinter in sheltered little niches. Field beans, clover and rye grass are more reliable winter toughies.

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Posted: 31/08/2012 at 16:29
Looks like a lovely train trip. Steam trains were known as 'diddlydumps' in our family because that's what I thought the noise sounded like...diddlydump....diddlydump etc. Bloke and I popped up the road to South Devon railway station the other weekend - the smell and sound of the trains very evocative!


Posted: 31/08/2012 at 15:00
I've got 2greenhouses, one's a standard 8x6 and the other a small lean to. They don't get full sun, especially in the summer as there are 2 enormous beech trees next door. I haven't found it a problem - indeed it has advantages like not having to whitewash in the summer months! One thing you will probably notice is that as plants will grow towards the light, they may need turning as they will grow away from the wall side. And the wall will act as a giant storage heater, saving the heat during the time the sun does shine on it.

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 14:52
Clover is only one of the green manures. You could also consider field beans, rye grass, alfalfa...would suggest you google green manures, and find which one would best suit your needs. I personally think the clover looks pretty!

Talkback: How to insulate a greenhouse

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:28
I used to bubble wrap insulate the gh, but found it got quite damp with condensation. The last couple of winters I haven't bothered, but put fleece over stuff if it looks as though it's going to be really arctic. Mind you, bloke very kindly electrified one of my greenhouses so I also have the luxury of a heater which is meant to keep it frost free. Interested in idea of sectioning off a small area though.

Beware combustible compost

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:20
Blimey. I use those plastic dalek bins and sometimes put in the ash from my wood burning stove. Should I start wearing a hard hat?

Plant Supports for Perennials

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 21:28
You're welcome.

Help - Massive Bramble problem

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:40
Sodium chlorate best avoided IMHO if you want to cultivate in the next few months. Chicken idea sounds good, but I'd be tempted to do a Blitz on the area where you plan to house them first.

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