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John Harding

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Rhino Greenhouse

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:10

I have a 6 ft circular Robinson Greenhouse and it is very good - best I've ever had: but having seen the Rhino Greenhouses at Gardeners World Live last Summer I would say they are of equal quality. I had to go for the circular one because of space and it cost £2,700 so was expensive (I don't know if Rhino do a circular one anyway) but I think size for size Rhino is better vfm.

current tomatoes

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:30
Right, I think I'll give 'em a go on some hanging baskets & hang 'em on the trellis by the patio. I got some seeds from eBay (100 seeds for 99p + 44p post & packing). I noted that a lot of suppliers quote about 99p with free p&p but when you get to the check out they tell you p&p is only free if you are spending upwards of 50 GBP (some 70+ GBP!). it may be just my iPhone but when I type the pounds symbol it puts up question marks!!! - charges in some cases were 7.99 p&p to post a small packet of seeds. I just click on remove from basket when I see those sort of exorbitant charges!.
I bought mine from Premier Seeds Direct in Wilton , Wilts email:

Their service was exemplary, the seeds arriving within 48 hours of placing the order. Their web address is for anyone who is interested.

current tomatoes

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:45
I think I'll give them a try: goodness knows where I'll put them though, I've already got mor seeds/ potential plants than I've got space to put them unless I pinch some of Eileen's flower garden & I could do with staying alive a little longer!!!

current tomatoes

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 08:15

I tried a new variety last year (1st saw them in the Telegraph) they are called 'Sweet Aperitif.' Bought the seed from Thompson & Morgan and they did very well & were (as the ad said) very sweet and delicious. Slightly bigger than a currant they grow to about the size of a medium cherry.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:58

I tried deep root-trainers last year fidget for my parsnips but opening them did disturb the roots more than I wanted so I've gone for the loo roll tubes and kitchen roll tubes (cut down) this year.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:50

Hi Chicky, the box only took a few minutes to make: I had a spare hardwood flooring board going spare so cut the long boards to 490 mm (49 cms) and the short sides to 230 mm long then drilled 3 mm holes thought the long boards and used 40 mm x 6 gauge twin-fast wood screws to screw the sides together. Then stood the frame on a piece of melamine chipboard, used a pencil to mark the inside of the frame and carefully cut a base and screwed that into place in the same way (you can see the screw fixings in the pics). A box does at least keep everything stable and when I want to plant out the tubes all I need to do is remove one of the sides and pop them in the raised bed without disturbing the root ball.

Heavy clay soils

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:37

Some years ago a friend who had a farm in the fen country told me to lighten & improve clay soil use horse manure with plenty of straw. To improve light sandy soil use com manure. Also my brother in law had a back garden that was a blue marl clay and virtually unworkable when he moved in. Through sheer hard work, digging, re-digging and adding coarse sand and sewage sludge he managed to turn the clay into a very acceptable soil that produced good crops of vegetables.

Scarlet Emporor Runner Bean in blossom indoors in Feb advice please! :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:26

As Verdun says Scarlet Emperor needs pollinating + the light and temperature at this time of year pretty well guarantees the plants will come to nothing so far as producing beans. 

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:20

Bought some fresh compost yesterday, decided to go for J Arthur Bowers seed and cutting compost with added sand and I have to say I am very impressed with the quality: fine, friable peaty textured mix.

I had a bag of JAB multi-purpose compost in the greenhouse from last year and it is very coarse with hard lumps that needed breaking down. I did that & mixed some vermiculite with it but the new bag is very much better.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:01

Spent a bit of time in the greenhouse today: I haven't been on the forum for a while but decided to start sowing some seeds today. Started with Leeks (Pancho) which were very successful last year (& still lifting them ).

I made a wooden box to hold toilet roll & kitchen roll tubes, filled with compost and sowed 3 Parsnip (Countess) seeds in each (will remove weakest after germination to leave 1 per tube which can then be planted out complete in their tubes which will rot down in the soil as they grow on). I realise I will need to pin a strip of copper to keep gastropods away. Pics of Parsnip sowings follow


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