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Green house

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 17:49

My first winter as a greenhouse owner and it's absolutely stuffed full of cuttings (Lavender, Euonymus), late purchases in pots that I haven't found a home for yet (Cotinus, Cistus, Sarcococca confusa, Hebe Pagei, Cornus, Fuchsia, Campanula, Pulsatilla), seedlings (more Pulsatilla, Mahonia, Astrantia, Knautia, Libertia, various Alliums), Wallflowers waiting to be planted out in the first bit of decent weather after the New Year, pots of bulbs (Narcissi, Tulips, Crocus, Miniature Iris, Scilla) out of reach of the local Squirrel population, a potted Lemon Verbena, a potted Gerbera, a potted Restio (a South African grass) and a gift from one of my daughters of some young Verbena bonariensis that she bought at what must have been one of the latest plant sales of the year!. Oh! .. and some sweet peas.

I hope we get a nice early spring, because I've got to move these out before early seed sowing starts.

Movie quotes

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 15:06

'I think this boy's cheese slid off his cracker'  Green Mile

Movie quotes

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 14:47

'I think this boy's cheese slid off his cracker'

Nothing personal

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 18:57


I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:15

Verdun, the tuber feels very firm (I think it was excessive pressure from my thumb when testing firmness that bruised it in the first place). When you say 'cut the tuber', is this to remove the damaged part? Should I then dust it with sulphur powder?

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 20:56

I lifted my dahlias about 10 days ago and they are currently upended in a large cardboard box in the garage to drain any moisture. I think I bruised one tuber because it has a beetroot coloured stain on a small area. Will this tend to rot or can it be left?

Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 11:11

punkdoc, Palaisglide and ngcards - many thanks

Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:06

I bought an 18" containerised Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red' about 5 weeks ago, intending to plant it immediately. Not for the first time, other garden jobs got in the way.

As it is now almost November, would it be best to overwinter it in my cold greenhouse - I would hate to lose it. Soil is sandy loam. Thanks

raised beds

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:14

An important factor is the compaction of the soil. If your soil is loose and crumbly, then no amount of posts driven into the ground is going to support the required depth of soil.

I built some raised beds a few years ago. Our soil is light and sandy (no good for gripping posts) and full of stones that constantly send the posts out of true. So I concreted them in place (1 in each corner and 1 in the centre of each of the long sides for the largest beds).

Because it's a sloping site facing north, I wanted to bring the north-facing side of each bed up to the horizontal to get more sun. As a result, the north-facing sides are between 350mm and 400mm high, while the south-facing sides are 200mm

For 2 smaller beds (1.8m x 1.2m), I used 4 posts, 1 in each corner, while 2 larger beds (3.6m x 1.2m) have 1 in each corner, plus 1 in the centre of each of the long sides.

The timber I used was all 50mm thick, width either 150mm or 200mm. Screws were Timber-Tite, size 6.5 x 80mm and 6.5 x 145mm. Like most timber, some of the boards have 'dished' across their width, but the screws have held everything together very securely. Scaffolding boards are thinner (usually 38mm), so would need more supports to prevent bowing.


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 13:55

On the theme of disappearing industries and the effect on whole communities, did either of you see Sting's New York concert of the music from his play 'The Last Ship', shown on BBC 4 a few months ago?. Great music & musicianship, very moving.

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