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Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 20:32

I'd keep an eye on your local newspaper's ad section, sometimes they are advertised as free if you go and remove it for the owner. Its a good time now to look for second hand ones in the papers because its the time of year people buy a new one. Maybe gumtree or freecycle are worth a look too.


4 TIER Compact growhouse.

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 19:11

My tip for these houses is to make sure you keep them ventilated because, if its the same as one I had, before it blew away, the walls are made of millions of tiny 'pockets' and they hold moisture, specially on chilly mornings as they warm up. I lost a lot of seedlings and plants until I realised the problem. After that I wiped the walls down, left the door open to a greater or lesser degree depending on the weather and all was well.... till as I said it blew away! 


How and when to prune an acer

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 20:43

Hi Blubell, I think they don't need pruning except to cut out dead or diseased parts in spring.

Secateurs - help with choosing

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 13:07

There is an article in February Gardeners World magazine - a comparison of 20 different pairs of by-pass and anvil secateurs that might help you decide susiejennie.

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:21

Starlings are beautiful birds, their plumage is stunning and when they flock together - murmurate? - there are few sights better. I have a small group that fly around the house, probably about 30 at the moment. Last summer they all took a bath together in some of the puddles on the track then sat on the walls to dry - just so heart warming. I love to hear their busy chatter and see the sun glistening on their feathers.


Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:13

There is some very helpful info here Brian.


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:30

Not usually quite that late Dove - it varies like everywhere else of course but the trick seems to be to have everything ready in the wings for planting as soon as the last frost has gone, and that's the difficult bit! I usually have yards of fleece and piles of newspaper to hand now - the first year I lost my potato tops to frost in May. At least the snowdrops are up to keep me going!




Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:01

As an afterthought - my veg patch is divided into 4, all are ready except one that has quite a lot of weeds - should I turn them under before adding manure or will the manure smother them?


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 17:26

Thanks everyone for your advice, I'll be spreading tomorrow, the forecast is for below zero next week so I'd better work fast! 


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:21

I was planning to do it at the end of last year but stuff got in the way, I'm in Scotland and the 'Do it now' info suggests top digging manure in now. I could wait but the soil really needs a boost..

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