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choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:44

I will shortly have a new garden and to compensate for it being so much smaller than the present one my OH has promised me a new greenhouse.  It will have to be on the small side, and will be unheated - used mainly for growing from seed, pricking out etc and also for keeping more delicate plants over the colder months (cacti and succulents, young plants, cuttings and so on).  What advice can you offer on where to look - good makes - and what accessories are the most useful.  Any helpful tips will be gratefully received.

Cuttings - leave them outside or put them in a cold greenhouse?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:38

I usually sink the pots into the soil in the greenhouse - I figure their new roots don't really want to be frozen - but I do give them an occasional watering to stop them drying out.

Leaf mould

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 10:41

horses for courses methinks

I had an area set aside for leaves and it worked well - out of sight, could just let nature do it's thing, but also tried filing old compost bags with a few slits in the bottom, adding a bit of water, or leaving the tops open for rain to get in - worked just as well, and about the same time to decompose, but easier to move around the garden afterwards.  I find a mixture of different leaves is best, if you can find them.

And oh, that wonderful leafmould smell when it's ready.....

Bird feeders

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:34

Fairygirl - I think it's anti-climb paint, designed to prevent burglars from climbing up drainpipes.

Shoots already!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 17:09

oh dear - I still haven't caught up - my tulips (lifted after flowering last year) also have shoots and I haven't even planted them yet!  They'll be going into large pots tucked out of sight for the moment, and brought out to be strategically placed when the time comes.

Bird feeders

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 17:03

mine are not very successfuul - they work, in so much as the shield comes down when a weight is on top of it, but the birds don't like it!  We've reverted to cheap feeders dangling from a horizontal wire.  We haven't seen a squirrel for years, but could be because local building work has removed much of their habitat.

Hogitat advice

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 09:38

don't have a hedgehog house, but have just had to rehome a couple of toads who were hibernating under the bonfire pile - quite hard to see them as they bury themselves in the soft earth, and OH was too squeamish to pick them up.  I'm not sure if they were grateful at the time, but I felt happy that we had not roasted them.

Mystery plant!

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 17:30

christmas rose? a hellebore

Black Elder

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:22

no idea what the bugs are, but the leaves will be dropping around now so perhaps a good idea to collect them up and recyle both leaves and bugs in your green waste bin - unless you're a bonfire person!

Black elder grows into a substantial tree, around 2 metres high, and magnificent when into full flower.  I think I would let it grow a bit before I started hacking it about....others might have better advice?  I pruned back the bits that were hitting me in the face as it is quite near my washing line, but I now wish I had curtailed it's growth when it was a bit smaller.

Hogitat advice

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:16

you'll know when they come, they sound like a herd of elephants crashing through the undergrowth!

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