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Combination shed/greenhouse

Posted: Yesterday at 17:25

You'll find more possibilities online than in local suppliers and can compare sizes and prices more easily.   Have a look at this site - http://www.heritagegardensheds.co.uk/prods/greenhouse-shed-combination.html

and this - https://www.greenhousestores.co.uk/Combined-Greenhouse-Shed/

I'd have thought it would be fine where you have existing electricity for light and maybe heat in winter.  You can always paint or stain the shed part to make it less obtrusive or a feature, according toy your taste.

The best advice is to get the biggest you can afford and have space for.  It will fill up faster than you think.   Keep the windows clean to maximise light and get some bubble wrap to insulate in winter.   Have fun.

 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 13:00

Sounds good Busy.  I make lots of cakes - not for us but for garden group meetings and dance club activities.  The Belgians love them as they don't have their own cake tradition.  Great on tarts though.

Rasta doggy very sleepy now so contemplating raking the veg bed and scattering chicken pellets so I can plant babies tomorrow.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 12:27

Hazel - I chose my new machine because it does good buttonholes.  Always do a trial on an offcut first with the layers and a bit of interfacing like in the item you're sewing to make sure it's OK.

Steve - not saying anything yet.  Very wet here overnight but no frosts and the wind has calmed.   Cautiously optimistic I can get my baby veggies planted out soon but not today.   Busy with dog cuddles.

 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 11:27

I'm OK Hazel but this is just a simple bolero shape so no buttons or darts.   Just need to dive in my pile and find a good fabric - black with a bit of sparkle but not girly. 

Pieris brown not pink!

Posted: Yesterday at 10:31

Frost, wind?  Probably not drought this spring unless they're in a pot and have been underwatered.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 10:29

Excellent.  It is a good bang and very effective and so satisfying.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 10:11

Morning all.   Still cold and wet but no frost.  Good.

No gardening today though.  I have to sew a waistcoat for a boy in our junior belly dance class for the show next weekend and I need to stay in so Rasta stays in and stays clean.   She's had her lump removed - benign cyst thankfully - so has a lovely bare patch and row of stitches on her shoulder.  The occasional limping is the beginnings of arthritis in her shoulder so needs a "cure" of one month on chondroitin and glucosamate every 3 months plus all post op painkillers and antibiotics for a week.    Bonzo Labrador very jealous of all the "treats".

  I do hope the frosts are over for everyone.  Hate to see brown magnolias and worry about fruit blossoms not being pollinated.  I have a damson tree that was covered in masses of gorgeous white blooms but am not convinced there were any bees around in the cold and wet and wind to make any damsons. 

Good luck with the Open Day Busy - no cakes at Belgian Jardins Ouverts!

Slug explosion

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 15:56

The trick is to scatter slug pellets, the wildlife friendly sort treehugger recommends.  You need to start in late winter - Feb 14th is an easy date to remember - and spread them thinly but regularly around susceptible pants as the slugs and snails are emerging from hibernation or hatching from eggs.    That way you get them before they start to feed and breed on your treasures.

I have an acre of garden and get through less than one pack of pellets a season by following this system around hostas, clems, hemerocallis, baby veggies and other gourmet slug plants.   Works for me.

HOW TO SPLT POLYANTHUS

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 15:45

Once they finish flowering just lift them with a trowel or hand fork or garden fork depending on the size of their clumps and then tease them apart with your hands.

Soak the roots in a bucket of water to loosen the roots if needs be then plant again in soil improved with garden compost or in pots of good planting compost.   Water in and they'll grow away.

Anemones De Caen

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:36

I always soak small bulbs for at least an hour before planting them but anemone corms need longer.  I hope you can rescue your leucojums.  Lovely plants.  I buy and plant mine in autumn or else in the green in spring.

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