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Buying a greenhouse. Any advice please?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 11:11

I am planning to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, runner beans and similar things. Would 8' be sufficient width or do I need to go for 10'?

Ladybird4 are the automatic vents worth it?

Buying a greenhouse. Any advice please?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:10

I am looking to get my first greenhouse ever for my garden and  was wondering if the more experienced members can guide me in the right direction please. I dont want to buy someething that would rot or collapse after a year or two and at the same time dont want to "go mad" and buy stuff that I dont need.

My initial thoughts are: apex roof, 10foot wide. Where we live the trees and buildings are scarce so not much protection from wind.

Budget is no more than £2000 for the total.

I am aiming for a length of around 16-20 feet however getting a green house at that length is very expensive so I will go for two smaller greenhouses (i.e. instead of one 10' x 20' I will get two 10' x 10').

Going for aluminium frame. I assume this is the best option?

Powder coated or bare aluminium? I have noticed that the powder coated option on a 10'x10' adds a good £500 to the price. Is it worth it?

Out of the three options toughened glass seems to be the best one. Is this correct?

Should I get side Louvres? Should I get auto openers for side and roof vents?

Anything else I need to bear in mind?

And finally any recommendations in terms of where to buy from? Trustworthy companies with good products and customer service.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:36

By the way, does anyone happen to know an online nursery that sells decent size Ginkgo Biloba "Chi Chi" variety? By decent size i mean at least 6 feet tall. Or even a nursery in the Cheshire area where i can go an pick up.

Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 23:03

Dilly3 says:

I have a Ginkgo it's nearly 20 years old and it's not much bigger than when we bought it,but  the leaves do turn a lovely shade of yellow in the autumn .

 it was in the ground for a few years then because it hadn't grown much we put it in a large pot and moved it to a different place in the garden but that didn't really help . It is just one main stem and a small branch of that so any tips on getting it to grow a bit more . 

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 I intend to keep the ginkgo in a large pot (probably 100 L). I do adore those leaves when they turn yellow.
Rainbowfish says:

There are a ocuple of young himalayan birches in our neighbours garden. They are only young but they are enormous. Must be nearly the height of our house but very slim. I could not imagine pruning to try and keep the shape but on a smaller scale. you would lose alot of the elegance of the tree.

I would agree with obelixx. Are there any other birches that would be suitable but still keep that white bark?

We alway drool over the specimen japanese acers at the garden centres.

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I am not aware of any dwarf varieties with white bark existing but I could be wrong. I assume if I bought a tree which is around 2-3m tall and cut the tip of it that would encourgae side branches to grow and that would create a nice oval slender crown. A bit like those olive trees that you see at nurseries where they have cut the trunk to a height of around 1.5-2m and a load of side branches have sprouted.

Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:38

Thank you very much for your replies everyone. Very grateful.

I need to clarify that the reason why I have chosen these two trees is for their uniqueness. I.e. shape of the leaves of the Ginkgo and the way they turn yellow in autumn before they fall. By the sounds of it the Ginkgo seems to be a slow grower and as such i believe i can keep it in check. I shall certainly follow the advice and get a male tree.

As far as the himalayan birch is concerned i have chosen it because I have always loved its beautiful white bark and i plan to plant it as a centre piece surrounded by ferns and hostas which i feel would look rather stunning. The plants I was looking at are sold here:

I think the £200 reflects not only the height of the plant but also its age. The reason why I am considering the birch's age is because the white  bark develops after the plant is a few years old (apparently). Nevertheless I will shop around on the web to see if I can find a better price for one.

I dont mind growing the plant from coppicing or even buying a younger plant that would cost less. However I am not sure how long they would need to develop a nice bark colour or a trunk(s) that is at least 8cm in girth. Dont get me wrong, I am a very patient person and have grown many plants in my garden. However these two young trees (especially the birch) are intended to create that focal point and I would rather spend a bit more for a more developed tree than wait 5 years to get the desired effect.

I have a cherry tree in my garden which for the last five years I have prunned rather hard and every year it releases new shoots and so far all's been good. I have included a picture below of it now:

This is what i intend to do with the birch although not prune it as hard. Now if i increassed the intended max height of the tree to 4-5m would that be better?

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Himalayan birch and ginkgo biloba advice

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 23:37

I am looking to buy a Himalayan birch multistemmed tree (betula jacquemontii) and a Ginkgo biloba tree. Both of the species I think would provide good focal points in my garden.

I can either buy a multi stemmed himalayan birch which is around 2.5m tall in a 35L pot (for £200) or two single stemmed specimens of the same height and grown in 15L pots. Which one do you think would be best? The other question was regarding prunning. I dont want any of these trees to grow more than 3m tall so I would need to prune them regularly.

Do the ginkgo and birch accept this sort of prunning? I suppose in a way it would be kind of like maintaining two giant bonsais....

I would be grateful for any advice you can offer.

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Sophora prostrata "little baby".

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 02:45

Thank you very much guys. They have both the sophora and the muhlenbeckia.

Sophora prostrata "little baby".

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 22:23

Hi all. The above is one of my favourite plants ever and I discovered it quite by chance in a long forgotten shop where I bought two pots. 2 years on and they have grown to be stunning specimens.

I have been looking to buy a couple of young plants in order to train as bonsais (these plants are perfect for it) however they seem to have deisappeared from our online shops. Have never seen it in my local garden centres for many years.

Anyone might happen to know where I may be able to get some? Any help would be very much appreciated.

PS: Muehlenbeckia Complexa (australian ivy is another one that I am struggling to find)

Help saving Britain's bees.

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 20:35

Currently our government is looking at stopping the ban which allows bee killing pesticides to be used on crops in Britain. If you feel passionate about this subject please go to to learn more and sign the petition against making such decision.


PS: I am not sure if this is posted before but just thought to raise awareness.

PSS: I am not sure if this kind of thread is allowed on this forum either so apologies in advance if it isn't.

Can I store gladioli bulbs until next year?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:12

Actually if you knew the Albanian postal service you would realise that they would definitely make it there.....but at the posties' garden rather than my parents'.

The only choice I have is to take them there by myself in August. Which I am assuming means that they can't be planted until next spring?

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