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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:11

Becks you may be able to get a replacement plastic cover- they are often sold at CG etc.

I spotted a relatively small- 4'x4' ish- metal famed, powder coated, polycarbonate grenhouse last year at a GC. If funds permit it would be a stronger option for you, give you more space too. Would still need firmly securing to a wall/concrete fence post though as they can also 'walk'.

Try e-bay/freecycle for any dismantled ones too. Snag then will need more assembly. J.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:23

I agree about asking to take cuttings from a shrub with the flower colour that you want.

Thay are easy plants to grow, but inclined to windrock damage, being quite shallow rooted, so I do a bit of a tidy up in the autumn, then the proper cut back early in spring. That way I dont end up with a monster that needs support!

Just to confuse the issue, I also grow the annual mallow seeds as well. J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:18

Ooh daughter just fed me with 2 pinwheel shortbread biscuits! Yummy! Magazine article possibly from '70s found with Mum's knitting patterns! J.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:13

Hi Bunny, lots of options for your Mum.

How about a lean-to type one? If there's a warm wall going spare, possibly on a patio/back/side of garage that would give you hard standing.

There's always an inexpensive polycarbonate type too, or plastic one, but with those they must be really firmly attached to a soild wall/fence post or they will walk/blow over in the wind very easily.

I dont heat mine, no electrics down there, & dont fancy freestanding parrafin types. A good wrapping with bubble wrap in the autumn will keep things warmer, but not warm, than no insulation. Being short & accident prone I dont even try to do the roof.

I also put a reflective layer beneath the bubble wrap layer- the sort of material found in DIY stores to fit behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room. I remove the bubble wrap, to increase the light levels, in March, but leave the reflecting stuff in place until late in April most yrs. In my case that stuff is only put on the side that faces North & above the height of the staging- shades of foil behind a tray on a sunny sill.

I also use clear or fleece cloches as an extra layer over stored plants which must help. J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:01

Ha ha Pam, she only was heard to say to OH that she already had a gardener who would also do the cleaning, ironing & cook the evening meal!!

She didnt like the rates I requested- highly inflated, but am not joking!! J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:59

I'm resisting going to the GC for a bit yet. Am carrying around in purse a gift voucher & a list!

Must ring the one to check that their dahlias tubers have arrived before I trot down there. Did buy a chocolate cosmos tuber this morning, from supermarket, to start off for daughter to have on her sunny patio!

Finally family have got the message that I'd like an early lunch please, so I can go out to do what I need to do! They're making biscuits at the mo. Garlic mushroom butties for lunch! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:51

WManchester- brilliant sunshine, but rather nippy first thing. Frost at back & on cars at front. Still only 3+C out there at the mo.

Once the sun reaches all the back garden, usually about lunchtime,  I shall head first for the greenhouse to store the cleaned pots & then to dive into the shed!

Zoomer I know what you mean about boxes etc. I must get a pile of stuff out, whilst dry, then move the seed sowing/ fruit net etc stuff to the front ready for use. I'm still stuggling with this newish shed- 3-4yrs- which is shorter than the one it replaced, same base size, but it doesnt allow the same stacking of boxes as before! J.

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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:33

Morning all.

Slept through most of the MD prog. Always record any gardening things, especially where MD involved as guarenteed instant slumber by moi!

A tad nippy out there this morning. OH got back ok, then family outing to a supermarket. Oh am going to be soooo glad when daughter finally moves out......& she's going to get a shock!

Will go out to greenhouse & shed after lunch. By then the sun should have moved round & it'll be a bit better out there. Intend to add to the tip pile in the hall. OH has already removed a box file from it......... Anyway OH & daugter doing the tip trip later, or tomorrow. I'm not! Their turn.

Now I'll catch up. J.

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Posted: 01/02/2013 at 18:49

No Geoff, havent checked the speed. Come on, this is me! As long as it's behaving as usual I'm not fussed. This site slower again tonight.

Uh oh, daughter chopping amaryllis- I'm keeping out of this. My usual method of dealing with them well & truely dismissed by the board. Well am willing to accept the advice, but I did keep one going for at least 2-3yrs until a wasp, of some sort, decided to lay its eggs in the bulb when it was 'resting' in the greenhouse. Frightened the life out of me when eggs hatched whilst on daughter's sill. Dumped it pronto.J.


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Posted: 01/02/2013 at 17:11

Speed ok for me at the mo, I often give up though in the evenings as that's when it goes slow.

Pretty well done in spare room. Ok bed covered again, but this time in bags of 'for charity' stuff. I now need a new single quilt from somewhere as have chucked the bagged up one that was against the cold wall.

Daughter thinks there's a spare one at the top of her wardrobe. No idea what's up there or what she's going to take with her when she leaves, so time enough to sort/wait for sales again if needed.

Meal going to be a re-hash of whatever left in fridge, plus some extra vegs. Dont feel creative tonight. J.

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