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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:14

I wouldn't have minded if I had known but to pay for a bare root plant In a bit of compost @ established plant price was OTT.

Problem was by the time I discovered it we were of course back home and it would have been a 50mile round trip to go back! Grrrr! 

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 18:56

Hi David,

I bought a Pilgrim Climber earlier this year but it hasn't flowered yet. It was in a 9" pot and looked healthy enough but when I took it out of the pot to plant it next to the Pergola all the soil just fell off and it was plain to see I had a bare root plant that must have been potted up only a couple of days before! I wasn't best pleased at the time but I set it in some John Innes No 3 with a bit of 'Root Grow' (Mycorrhizal fungi) and it has come on well now.


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:23


Yes, it does grow through the winter: I just put some (about 9)  2"-3" root cuttings in some fresh compost in a largish seed tray and keep it damp but not wet over a heated tray in the GH. I have a dimplex 2ft tubular heater in the GH + a couple of heat boxes made from old 12" x 7" rectangular biscuit tins with SES light bulb fittings and 25watt bulbs in. I made sure the bulb holders were the ceramic type, used table lamp brass fixings and because the boxes are metal it is very important to make sure they are properly earthed. I say 'biscuit tins' but in reality 1 originally had 2 bottles of wine in (Ernst & Julio Gallo Californian Red & White) best part was using the original contents!  The other was a Cadbury's Roses tin. John H

PS: I did the Jeyes Fluid bit a couple of weeks ago in the Robinson GH so the pong has now dissipated 


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:55

Cleaned all the glass in the greenhouse and refitted all the staging after washing everything down with Jeyes Fluid solution. OH has pricked out some Knifophia seedlings and cleared the Access Greenhouse of Aubergine & Capsicum plants so I guess the next job will be to clean that & wash down with Jeyes.

Next thing after that is to prick out some Apple Mint cuttings into large seed trays so that they can grow on through the winter in the greenhouse and give us a supply of mint through until next Spring.

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Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:45

Very nice too little-ann!  Here's a pic OG (Eileen) took at Rosemoor last year

Camera Panasonic TZ18  f5 / 1/500th / ISO 100



Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:36

You've done it now KEF, You mentioned Cake & Buns - that knocking on your front door will be Verdun!

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Posted: 07/11/2013 at 23:50

This one taken at Kew Gardens at the water-lily pond, still pic taken on Sony HD Camcorder HDR-7E in 2008



Posted: 07/11/2013 at 23:36
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Looks good john. What size is the channel iron?

Channel for this bed was 2"x1"x20" (50mmx25mmx 500mm) approx. I bought 8 pieces and welded them together to create 4 posts with slots facing 90° to each other as the pic. shows, then had to Kango the holes in the concrete and set them in rapid cement using 3 spirit levels for vertical in 2 planes and with a narrow plank to get them all the same height. The original posts  made for 3 other beds were 50mmx50mmx500mm but my supplier couldn't get 50/50 when I wanted them so he supplied 50/25 - (you can just see the original posts in the corner of the second pic of my previous post (page 137)).


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 15:41

Hi Dove,

Cost would like as not be prohibitive - the steel channels 1/2 mtr long cost me £38, the tanalised timber boards cost £55, the Jetcem quick set cement to set the posts in (4 x 3kg) were about £20 + the welding rods and Hammerite green paint made a total cost of around £120 to me! still, I shouldn't have to make it again in my lifetime John H


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 15:19

Been out doing a bit of necessary gardening: have completed the raised bed and have also installed a 10 metre soil warming cable to my 2mt x 1/2 mtr cold frame. That should warm the soil so as to be OK to treat the vine weevil grubs that have been feeding on the roots of my winter spinach with nematodes - have squished a few but I guess there's plenty more in the soil  

Below are some pics of the new bed and the steel channel guides I made to support the new tanalised 6"x2" timber boards.



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