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Greenhouse Clean

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 16:54

Hi Simon

As a glass cleaner I would recommend the product. The glass in our greenhouse was very badly stained and looked like it hadn't been cleaned for years when we bought it. Algae was crusted across every pane where it overlaps its neighbour.

We used a paint scraper and Citrox to wash and wet the algae and the scraper took it off in one pass. Once the panes dried the glass was clear and stain free.

I sprayed the inside of the poly tunnel and then wiped over with a squeegee sponge. The sponge was green on each wipe so rinsed it in clean water and continued. No hint of algae stain now on the tunnel covering.

Greenhouse Clean

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:39

I used Citrox for cleaning inside my poly tunnel for the first time during the winter months. Bought it online. I was attracted to the product by the makers statement that it was:

 "A powerful organic citrus extract disinfectant for cleaning greenhouses, pots, staging, tools, seed trays, bird feeders and bird baths. Does not harm plant material so may also be used to disinfect water for washing cuttings, bulbs and corms. Pleasant smelling, safe and effective. Based on extracts of citrus fruit, effective against a wide range of bacterial and fungal diseases."

Already I have had two plants attacked & lost to grey mould when the inside of the tunnel became a damp, wet atmosphere as early spring sun lifted the temperatures to the mid 30's (C) & I was late getting there to open the doors for ventilation.

However the Citrox certainly smelt nice & fresh when I applied it via a spray. I will know how well it has worked later this year.

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 11:00

heating for sheds for 8p per day

Garden Bench

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 10:52

Local hardware/timber shop slats cut to size will be no problem.

I was fortunate enough to spot a matched pair of very heavy ornate cast ends off a park bench in a scrap bin. These were dated 1976 and all that was wrong was one foot was broken off which I welded to repair with cast rods.

Hardest part was picking them up.....such a weight

Then I bought timber slats, cut to length, from the local hardware, which I stained and coated in marine varnish after drilling. These were coach bolted on. Nothing special about the timber. The castings I gave a grey primer undercoat then painted in Hammerite black gloss with gold touches to the patterns.

I have had it some 20 years now and it is still doing fine. I think I have re-coated the timber only once in clear marine varnish

Best scrap bin find I have ever had.

Good luck with yours

Decomposition of Racehorse Poo

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:18

Some excellent articles on the web on the "how to do's. Definitely worth reading and following.

Jessica Paige's article (USA) is a good read & concise

A heap should be kept to around 6ft base x 3ft high and if managed well will be compost in 3-6month(winter ) & 2-3month (summer)

We add layers of grass clippings and chicken poo(nitrogen) to counteract stable bedding such as shredded paper and straw. The horse pee in some of the shredded paper is also a good source of nitrogen.

We also turn religiously every 3 weeks to aerate

Keep it covered and damp not wet

Greenhouse Query - Advice please

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 15:25

Thank you everyone. It is so good to to get sound advice from fellow gardeners. It is now decided we will continue to erect the greenhouse now instead of waiting until spring. It will aslo be better to do it now while we can still recall how it all fitted (we have 50 pics to help as well)

KEF - We would love to post a couple of pics as the plot progresses.

We were thinking of putting in 4 railway sleepers pegged down and levelled (no creosote) and then fixing the 150mm high base on top of that. Gives extra height. Easy to lift out if we ever move as next occupier may not want bricks on concrete.

Anyone like to guide us on suitable bases please?

Greenhouse Query - Advice please

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 22:51

Hi everyone.

This my first post and I do hope it is in the correct place.

The following query is regarding an  intended allotment/veg greenhouse

I am looking for your advice as to wether I should wash and erect a 2nd hand greenhouse now (November) or wait until spring?

At the moment I am concerned over the following  points -

The greenhouse is stolen as it is stored on an allotment. There is no place to store these lengthy parts at home

The greenhouse aluminium struts twist if stored in a heap over the winter, making it impossible to erect later or fit glass.

I realise that it may be difficult to get reasonable weather to complete the erection in one shot in November, however Mar April generally is a windy time as well, plus spring fetches a myriad of other jobs to do so time will be short.

If I wash clean and erect now at least Jeyes residue & the fumes will be gone by next spring & the greenhouse will be ready to plant in.

What are your thoughts?

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