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Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: Today at 09:08

I have an old solid wood single divan bed frame basically basically a huge rectangle of wood with nothing in the middle. I was thinking of turning it into a raised bed but have so many young plants in the house its getting a bit mad, so thought a cold frame would be a good idea. I have some large sheets of glass I can sit on top.

 

I would just like some advise on how to get the best from it.

 

Is insulation required, etc?

Where is best to sight a cold frame?

I have a lot of raised beds at the side of the house but the only space left big enough for a single bed size cold frame at the side of the house does not get a huge amount of sun but it is shady and gets a little afternoon sun and next to the living room wall so possibly some residual warmth from house.

I could sight else where but that would be halfway down the garden more sun but less walls to protect.

Also what can i put out have lots of cues, courgettes, tomatoes and lettuce as well as peppers , Aubergines caulis and cabbages, and herbs in the house all raised from seed.

Buying seeds online/eBay

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 15:21

I purchased several gooseberries, a black, a white and a pink currents on ebay all excellent

But my best buy less than a fiver plus postage for three red current bushes I only wanted one but purchased the three and planted two gave one away these were great bare rooted plants all two to over three foot high and i would guess two  year old plants had flowers  with in a week (only a few) then berries.

This year my plants are all growing well.

I have also purchased seeds on Ebay and all the sellers have been amazing and I have got some really good non main stream items for less than mainstream items in the seed catalogues.

I purchased plants or seeds last year on Ebay  from directplants, gardeningrussell and elfskins_edibles all of whom provided an excellent service and are still trading. Will not recommend suppliers that have only tried for the first time this year as do not know how seeds etc will fare once planted.

None of the seed or plant sellers are local to me everything came through the post and was packed well and healthy.

Hope this helps

 

 

Help my soils got nits

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:39

Thanks Ynnead yes i think they are spring tails.

Edd, i found your comment a bit rude. My way of thinking is fine, have handled more invertebrates, rodents insects, mammals and weird and wonderfuls than most people have had hot dinners. I grew up in a zoo, give me a tank of scorpions, millipeads etc  any day and i am fine . It still dosen,t stop me itching when i see or think about  knits.

 

Help my soils got nits

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:32

I meant to say these insects are tiny and i cant get a picture on the soil if you try to catch them they jump but they dont have wings if this helps

Help my soils got nits

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:25

When hand weeding my veg patch on the weekend i noticed minute grey insects with no wings that look just like nits all over the garden as i disturbed the soil.

These are a big problem as they make my head itch as they look like nits; scratching now thinking about them .

I have fir trees near by and last year had a few leaf miners could either of these be associated.

 

Any body got any ideas as to what they are and how i exterminate them would be great

 

 

Show size onions like my uncle used to grow

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 11:14

My Uncle used to grow huge onions for show, when i was a child we used to go to Newbury and bring back some of the "small" onions (must of been a couple of pounds each at least) it used to take my Mum a week to use one up.

I really want to grow onions like my uncle used to but my onions this year ended up more like small shallots .

I am going to try my uncles  method (or what i can remember) Ailsa craig seeds planted new years day, but thats all I know of his method. Plant ailsa Craig and do it new years day.

I want to try another more modern variety either from seed or sets but not sure which variety to go with any hints or tips would be appreciated on variety to try or ways to grow huge onions. 

Its all a bit green and so much is nearly there but not quite

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 11:05

All windowsills covered with chillis and green peppers , waiting to turn, fingers crossed , i hope they do as i dont like green peppers or chillis.

Its all a bit green and so much is nearly there but not quite

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:02

I have loads of tomatoes, chillis and bell peppers and all the plants have both huge fruit , very small fruit and flowers and are just a bit (very)green. I also have loads of cucumbers that are all a bit small (an inch or two).

Quick question is if i bring the peppers and chillis in will they ripen and the last of the flowers (dozens of flowers still on each plant) ripen and produce fruit.

If I pick all the big cues and green toms will the small cues and toms swell on the plants or is it too late now.

I can always  pickle the picked cues and ripen the large toms in doors. 

If helps am in the south east Hertfordshire area

Its all a bit green and so much is nearly there but not quite

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:01

woops think this ended up on wrong board

 

Its all a bit green and so much is nearly there but not quite

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:59

I have loads of tomatoes, chillis and bell peppers and all the plants have both huge fruit , very small fruit and flowers and are just a bit (very)green. I also have loads of cucumbers that are all a bit small (an inch or two).

Quick question is if i bring the peppers and chillis in will they ripen and the last of the flowers (dozens of flowers still on each plant) ripen and produce fruit.

If I pick all the big cues and green toms will the small cues and toms swell on the plants or is it too late now.

I can always  pickle the picked cues and ripen the large toms in doors. 

If helps am in the south east Hertfordshire area

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Cold frame sighting and building.

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