Jigsaw Gill

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Piping for tunnels/cloches

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:48

I'm wanting to make hoops to support fleeces & nets for my raised beds. I've read that blue cold water piping works well. I'm wondering what diameter tubing to use and also where best to buy. So far I can only find it sold in quite large rolls which seems quite pricey. Any suggestions please or any better solutions? Thank you

How to clear field

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:16

Ok thanks for advice everyone- such a lot to learn and think about, but I am enjoying the challenge. I think I definitely need another bed clearing, but I'm going to stop at that for this year and see how things pan out then.

How to clear field

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:21

All this thinking about what I'm going to grow has made me think I need to clear some more growing space! I think I may clear another bed to run across the bottom of the beds I've made to grow my spuds in next year. I've noticed that tubers are sold in 2kg bags & am wondering how big an area that would need.? So far the beds I've made are 2m x 1m approx.

How to clear field

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:11

Yes I like the idea of fruit bushes. I once tasted red gooseberries and would quite like to try those and also wondered about autumn raspberries as I read that these are easier than summer ones.

How to clear field

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 19:02

Already have couple of darlek compost bins and several large builders bags of leaf mould in the making also in field. There is still a large area of nettles and also lots of comfrey so I make tea with those.  I have broad beans growing in a bed in the garden already- I have planted The Sutton for the first time. My plans for the new beds are potatoes, prob Charlotte and International Kidney in one bed. I,ve got some Pixie spring cabbage growing in pots also. In the third bed I plan to grow Cobra french beans as they grew well just in my flower borders this year. I thought I may grow greyhound cabbage in the spring . Also somewhere I want to have courgettes and butternut squash. My raised bed in the garden will then be used for salad stuff. I'll see how I get on with that and may clear some more room for other things later,depending how I get on with this.

How to clear field

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 17:20

Well I think I've made good headway with veg plot. I cleared an area of nettles mainly by pulling out and digging after spraying with glyphosphate a few weeks before. I've made 4 beds approx 2m x1 m. I laid layers of cardboard and covered with layers of home made compost &leaf mould  to a depth of about 5-6inches. Haven't got farmyard manure as not been able to locate any yet and I keep hearing comments of possible unwanted chemicals in it. Do you think I need it? Wondered about just adding chicken pellets. The beds are not enclosed as the field actually belongs to our next door neighbour who kindly lets us use it, so I didn't want to do anything permanent. I have just trodden down a soil pathway between the beds. Am wondering if this sounds ok so far or if anything else should be done. Hard work - who needs a gym?

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:20

Ok, thank you everyone- job for tomorrow I think.

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 20:54

I have received lily bulbs today with instructions to plant in horticultural sand. I have a bag of lawn sand and am wondering if this is same or if not, will it be ok to use?

Propogating monardia

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 17:43

Okay I'll leave them in peace then. Thank you both. I'm just chomping at the bit to fill all my borders!

Propogating monardia

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 22:55

I have grown monardia for the first time this year and noticed quite a few small new shoots at base. I'm wondering wether to divide some of these and plant elsewhere now or if this is wrong time?

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