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First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:26

Always worth a try - thanks. I have spoken to Elite about this. The partition does add some extra rigidity, but I doubled-up on bracing stays, and the 2 wall and 2 roof bars for the partition are way stronger than the basic glazing bars, so if I decide not to use the partition, the remaining parts will still add extra strength.

First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 08:53

David W, thanks for the input. The GH has a 6 inch high aluminium base, which sits on the soil; attached pegs are concreted into the soil and the rest of the structure is bolted to it. I suppose the soil level could be raised throughout the whole GH, which would put the top of the partition base at ground level. Unfortunately, it would create a  6 inch step at the entrance to the GH, so I'd be swapping one step for another. (Sorry, I didn't mention that the GH entrance does have a drop cill).

First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:56

Thanks, nutcutlet. Presumably, you find having the partition useful?

First greenhouse - partition or not?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 19:28

Finally erected my first GH - bought second hand on eBay. No risk because if was only 3 miles from my home. It's an Elite plain aluminium model, 10' x 8' with a partition. Having done the usual internet research, I'm aware of the flexibility offered e.g. creating different environments in the same GH, but on the negative side, the partition doorway doesn't have a drop cill and could be a trip hazard if I'm not careful.

Would forum members be kind enough to share their opinions, for and against, hopefully raising points that I've not even thought of.

It will probably be used as an unheated GH, as it's 60' from the house and I'm pretty sure that running the correct cable that distance would be very pricey


Unthrifty Eryngiums

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 11:22

Thanks Verdun - so there's hope yet!

As far as my avatar is concerned, I was struggling to come up with anything appropriate, when a long-forgotten name from my childhood popped into my head. For many years, through the 1950's and 60's, summer holidays were spent at a NALGO holiday camp at Croyde Bay in north Devon. It had more than a touch of the Hi-de-Hi's about it, but that didn't detract from the magic of the place. Everyone had to have a 'camp' name and mine was 'Tigger'.

My somewhat large ears and nose have been commented on but at least they're not orange and I bounce up and down less than I used to!

Unthrifty Eryngiums

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 10:31

Morning all

Can anyone suggest why my group of 3 Eryngium alpinum 'Superbum' are looking increasingly poorly? I bought them at a plant fair earlier this year, when of course they all looked fine. One put on lots of early growth and subsequently, very impressive flower spike. The other two have grown only very slowly and each new leaf, of which there are very few, starts turning yellow almost as soon as it appears, eventually turning brown and dry. The plant that flowered is now showing the same symptoms.

They are planted in an open, east-facing border that receives full sun until about 2pm. The soil is fairly poor, free-draining and sandy.


Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:47

Verdun, Fluffy Cloud, Invicta2

Thanks for your responses. I feel much more hopeful and can't wait to start retraining the bushes.

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:53

Thanks, artjak, that's really encouraging to hear.

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 16:03

Some time ago, in an excess of gardening zeal, I bought some bare root black, red and white currant and gooseberry bushes. Not having anywhere to plant them at the time, I put them in pots. Several years later, they are still in (larger) pots and have rooted into the soil below..

They are not very big because the location is far from ideal. Recently, I have realised that I am never going to have enough room in my present garden to do them justice as bushes - cordons would be a much more suitable form.

Can these small shrubs be pruned into cordons, or would cuttings trained as cordons be better? I already have a few cuttings taken last winter. My concern about cuttings is their vigour; aren't commercial soft fruit bushes grafted onto different rootstocks?


Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 09:10

Thanks for all your help. Having trawled the net looking at photos of suggested plants, I'm now convinced that it is a Fuchsia. Thymifolia is the best possibility - I think it's too large for microphylla. Having said that, there is a natural hybrid between these two called F. bacillaris.

The definitive answer will have to wait until my next visit to the garden.

Again, thanks to you all.

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