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What to plant in the greenhouse?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:15

generally over winter you can grow a variety of winter salad leaves, also some carrots but they wont be ready till early spring. You can also grow pak choi if you transplant some late sowings under cover in autumn. 


Posted: 30/03/2014 at 16:31


I started growing some Celeriac from seed last year and they grew ok through the season but come autumn they were no bigger than a golf ball. 

I left some over winter in the ground and they still look really healthy plants and are throwing out more leaves. 

My question is, can I leave these plants in the ground and carry on growing them this season, or will they become woody?

morello cherry tree

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:48


From looking at your picture you have some nice buds along the full length of the branches. Mine however are confined to the tips and bare the rest of the length. Thinking pruning will be required this year and hope new shoots will emerge


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:15

Hi I'm hoping someone on here is a bit of a wizard when it comes to growing pumpkins.

I tried growing to varieties last year and although they grew an amazing set of leaves, every time I thought a female flower had set it expanded for a week then stopped and rotted off. I even tried artificial pollination too but again the same results, much to the disappointment of the children 

An ideas how to successfully solve this problem. Incidently I grew some marrows too I managed to harvest one decent marrow but the rest failed like the pumpkins. 

morello cherry tree

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:56

Mine didn't do great either last year. although I had an abundance of cherries form, all I got were cherries smaller than a marble. This year the buds all seem to be forming all at the tips of the branches!

Parasene superwarm 4 heater

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 13:07
Hi, I'm having problems with my heater I just bought. I've followed the instructions for setup correctly but when I light the heater and go back to check it it's either billowing sooty smoke and like a blast furnace I turn it down and go back later and it's doing it again. Again I turn it down and when I check it again it's gone out. I've checked the wicks they're not frayed and were well soaked before lighting. Any ideas how to get this to work properly? Thanks

silly quotes

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 10:36
KEF wrote (see)
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Red sky at night shepherds delight, red sky in the morning shepherds warning . Nit sure about sailors though KEF.

That must be why I never understood it  Sailors


Coming from a sea orientated family, the saying goes:

Red sky at night Shepards delight, Red sky at morning Fishermans warning!


Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 11:50


You can buy slips online and these come wrapped up but will need to be revived in a jar of water for 24hrs, unfortunately they take longer to grow and the tubers are smaller.

However you can now also buy pot planted young plants too and they're near enough a similar price. They grow much stronger and quicker and produce much bigger and larger quantities.

THey require a long growing season though so you wouldnt be lifting them until just before the first frosts


Hope this helps!


Rat In The Compost Bin

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 16:08

I had the furry buggers in mine too. I resorted to placing a thick guaged steel mesh underneath the bin and then concrete the base in so they couldn't dig under. It worked a treat. Even had the local authority pest control round who remarked it was the best deterent he'd come across and that they wont get in.

Also he stated that the compost bin wasn't the attractent for the rats but a neighbour who was a bit over zealous with feeding the local bird population!


Posted: 25/09/2013 at 11:09

Thanks for all the replies, I've moved the soil away from round the sides and started a more thorough watering regime see if that produces any results!

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