Latest posts by kjdintown

twine + tits = damage to plants

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 16:45

Why dont you create something for the birds to take their attention away from your beans?  Take some twine and wrap it about ten times round two sticks in the ground about 7 or 8 inches apart (just for ease of winding).  Get a flower pot with a large drainage hole in the bottom, take the twine you just wrapped and push one end of the batch of twine through the hole. With the flowerpot held upside down, thread some more twine through the fold in the twine to create a hanging loop then tie a knot around the twine ensuring the knot secures the twine and it cannot fall through the flower pot hole.  

The other end of the twine should hang down below the level of the flowerpot.  Cut the bottom of the loop so you now have only separate strings of twine hanging down.  Ruffle them up and loosen up the twine threads and this should make the birds want to use this for their nests.  Like us, they will go for the easy option if there is one

You could also make it more attractive for them if you have a cat or dog that you groom - put the dander up in amongst the twine so it doesn't fly away easily and they will be most grateful

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 16:22

I've never seen one before but I'd like it in my garden   I looked up Camassia and Ornithogalum in the search area to see what they looked like and it couldn't find anything 

monty don

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:33

I am a MD, Alan T, Alice and Joe fan and GW is always over too soon for me but I think there should be more and varied gardening programmes on tv.  I've seen some competition gardening programmes on some satelite channels but they aren't brilliant - not much substance as far as I'm concerned.  We need more quality gardening programmes on TV.  If you compare how many shows there on about cooking against how many there are about gardening . . . we are way behind!  Come on BBC - get a wriggle on please!

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 17:30

Good point - I've some netting that I can attach over the full length of the door.  I'll set that up next weekend.  I have a cat who loves to sit in the GH all day but she wouldn't appreciate any visitors. Thank you.

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 16:33

Pam - a plan of action, that sounds like fun to me.

Thanks Paul, Interesting about the door being left open, no reason why I can't do that.  I have found a bit of mould before and now I know why 

I've attached an old pic above taken a few months ago after the GH was put in.  The one below is now, with the addition of some  home made raised beds - ready for veg. It's still a work in progress but it's getting there.  

 You can see where the shade falls most of the time and it closes in over the garden later in the day.

It's full of all sorts right now and probably will be in the future as I want to grow flowers and veg - veg need more room so I may well give into them over the summer and raise cuttings etc over winter - just don't know yet, I'm learning as I go.  I may have to take out the potting table on the left to make room for tomatoes??


See - told you it was small.  There's not much floor to water after I've finished in there! 

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 11:05

errr, you are correct  I'll definately look into it, thank you.

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:33

Thank you - and you are forgiven  I bought a varied collection with a bit of everything in it.  All I know is that there is a difference in shape and tubers should be dug up, dried off and overwintered whereas bulbs can stay in the ground.  I need to get my head in the books.  

GH is on the East side of a North facing garden (facing West) so as you look at it the back and left side are up against fencing so I only need to really worry about the front and side I think.  As much as I don't like the sound of it I think I'll put the shading material inside rather than paint outside. Because I'm looking at it all the time I want it to look relatively tidy otherwise my OCD will kick in

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:37

Thank you both very much, I work away in the week which is a pain and Pam it didn't sound like a lecture but I'm up for it every time - not gonna learn otherwise

I have an auto window opener but I expect that's good but not good enough.  I have bubble wrap still on the back and side of the GH which are both up against fencing  and I've been looking at green GH shading (it's quite thick) and to me I can't see the point of shutting the sun out but probably by next year I'll have changed my mind??  Should I get the shading and does it go everywhere? It's only a 6x4 GH and I quite like the idea of being able to see in it at the mo, my garden is only about 30'x30'.

As soon as the weather is good I plan to plant a lot of the bulbs out (the ones that have produced!) then use it mainly for veg and bringing seeds on.

Great picture 

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:14

oooowwwwww - I thought you were going to say that.  Thank you for replying.  So if I'm planting bulbs I don't have to sit them in anything, the pot can just sit on the shelf.  Well that's a good GH lesson learnt.  Am I doing the right thing with the matting and the grit - watering the grit rather than the plant, or a bit of both?  

Greenhouse beginner

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:30

Hello All, I'm in my first season of using a greenhouse and to get me started I ordered a lot of bulbs which I happily potted up in B&Q multipurpose compost.  I had long black trays with matting in them and put some grit on top then stood my pots on the grit.  I thought the idea was that the plant roots would reach down to get the moisture therefore, grow good strong roots.  I can only get to garden at the weekends so I thought this would be a good idea to ensure there is water through the week, that said, I don't drench them at the weekend, they only looked like they needed one water over the weekend but I did put 'a little' water in the tray - just enough to reach all pots but not that you would see it under the grit.  Problem is - on checking the soil lately (things should be growing by now), a lot of the pots are surprisingly wet to the touch.  I tipped one out today to find a rotten dahlia bulb and am worried about the rest but don't want to tip them out unless I have to.  What have I done wrong?  Do I tip the rest  or see what happens?   

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