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Latest posts by GWRS

Building a Greenhouse

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 21:37

Hello , the end of last year I bought a second hand greenhouse for my allotment and what I did was to buy some 4 inch square fence posts and screwed it to them and it hasn't blown away yet , it was 8 by 6 . I did put the posts on sand so I could ensure it was level

also I layed it all on a membrane and covered it with gravel as I intend to us pots and grow bags , rather than plant direct in the soil but that's my choice 

Cold frames

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:46

I am going to make a " cold frame " on my. Allotment 

I have made the frame  but not the top and wondered what people would recommend I thought about polycarbonate ? Any ideas or suggestion 

Also inside the frame I was going to put a membrane down and cover with gravel but wondered what people thought ?


I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:34

 Amazing I have put a happy face on this !

got an iPad last year and for Christmas I got a book called "iPad for seniors " slowly working through it - amazing 

I do enjoy reading the various questions/tips some are really useful as anew Allottmenter and being able occasionally to offer advice

long may it continue

Seed compost

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 15:10

Gab82 - if you take your garden waste to the tip at Great Northern Terrace, you get a stamp on your card for every visit (not for every bag you take though).  Just ask the man at the entrance for a card and stamp.  Once you have 5 stamps on your card you can exchange it for a bag of compost providing they have some in and it's only during the week I believe.

Seed compost

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 16:31

Doesn't  surprise me

on a positive note Lincolnshire County a Council have a scheme , that when you take garden waste to the tip , they stamp a card and after 5 stamps you get a free bag of compost and I have found it excellent . wondered if other councils do the same ?

willow trees

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 15:44

Yorkshire Rose , I will bear that in mind for next year 

Seed compost

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 13:49

I agree with bobthegardener sieved MP with sharps sand or pearlite is just as good as and cheaper and so far have given great results 

willow trees

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 13:43

I have willow trees but I prefer to pollard them simply because I find it easer to cut them standing 

also some of the thick straight branches I keep as bean pole etc. The rest I burn on the fire 


Posted: 28/12/2013 at 10:17

I suspect you can over feed , my friend constantly over feeds plants and they just get leggy 

personally once the bed is prepared I just leave them , obviously I water them if needed and cover them with mesh until the weather turns in the Autumn


Posted: 26/12/2013 at 17:27

For leeks I put bone meal on the bed .I agree fresh manure will rot them

Leeks seeds I put them in toilet roll holders in the greenhouse , once there are big enough I put the lot in the Allottment bed 

And they have done really well

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