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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 11:20

Awoke this morning to blinding light, strange the bedroom window faces West? Brilliant sun shining off white frost was the answer so gardening nill blood samples two.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:28

That should be BEER trap i have not seen many BEARS around Teesside.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:27

I bought a top line Robinson GH they are well sealed round base and door, once it is full i go in at night and pick off the houdini's of the critters, there are never many though leave them and they would take over. The odd bear trap guards early strawberries which are then attacked by the grandchildren, I sometimes get one but at least can feed off the main beds later.


To early to prune Buddlias and Roses ?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:03

Verdun, in your area last week you needed submarines, up here more like skidoos, I would not swap. Lyn how high up is that?


To early to prune Buddlias and Roses ?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:53

John, I live in Stockton and never prune roses before the end of March, been caught out by the late frost too many times having to cut back again the shrivelled ends, buddelia any time, I take it back to around two feet which means using a saw on some stems. It always comes back to feed the butterflies.


Vermucellite for pot drainage

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:41

My daughter bought some large decorative pots then realised she could not move them. I emptied them out put another pot upside down then topped it up and planted, it did the trick. I do use foam as drainage but bin it once the pot is done as it cannot really be cleaned for reuse.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:34

Pampa asked a question we answered, my own greenhouse rests on a wood frame and has done for over thirty years, no problems. The reason i realised it needed to be higher than the wall i built and had run out of bricks, stacks of wood hence a wood frame. My pal built a base of concrete blocks and finished with a wood frame, again no problems. We gardeners do it our own way to suit our needs, nothing wrong with that if it works for you.

Pampa you can fasten direct to the brick as long as there are no gaps for the plant eaters to crawl through, it is your choice.


Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 16:10

The weight of the green house on the wood will hold it, quite heavy when fully glasses. You could pin the wood to the brick with short nails then screw the greenhouse footings to the wood, no need to go into the brick. Drill the odd hole into the wood and pour preservative in those holes every year or so and it will spread through the base, i did that and the greenhouse is still firm after thirty odd years.


PS that should read " fully glassed" if i try to alter a word my Apple I pad freezes no idea why.

Where to start???

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 14:20

Shirley, first buy a nice comfortable chair place it in a sunny spot get note book and pencil then observe. write down what grows, sunny or shady places, think about fruit trees or bushes, is there room, can you grow them on fences walls or trellis, is there a place for vegetables to be grown. After awhile you will get a feel for the space and ideas for improving things. Once you have an idea of how you would like things then start only on one small area, trying to do a complete garden from scratch will break your will and back. Little and often is the way to go, we have all started big projects and failed. Take it in sections, complete that part before starting something else, keep sitting and giving it a good coat of looking at, things change so be ready to alter the plans in your head. As a very old gardener i have often had a change of mind during a project, not to worry a garden is never finished always ongoing. Best of luck.


lawn repairs or hollow tine aeration

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 14:02

Esbee, use the hollow tine aerator first, you can hire one with a motor in most areas. Have some course sand and compost ready mixed then brush it into the hollows with a bass broom, some will stay on the lawn but no matter just leave it until the weather improves. Spring time dress with feed and weed then six weeks later do it again.

we used to level the bowling greens by spreading a mix of compost and sand right across the laws then from a fixed point drag a long straight plank across the lawn. The compost mix filled the hollows, this was done when the season ended and was then left for the grass to grow through so Autumn is the time to level.

lawns can be fussy or easy it depends on which you want, a bowling green or football pitch, you choose though grass is tough stuff it will grow back, a bare patch scrape it scuff it up a bit then cover with seed and compost mixed, oh and sow enough for the birds or cover with net.


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