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The potting shed

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 21:37

Thanks - interesting comments! Reason for asking is that my son bought one of their 'premium quality' sheds, and after it was erected by his professional builders/ gardeners, the reaction of everybody who has seen it is that it is the worst, flimsiest shed they have ever come across. All the panels are different colours, windows are flimsy plastic, and none of the joints meet properly. The erectors say they were ashamed to have put up a building like that, but they did the very best of a bad job.

Response from Garden Buildings Direct customer services is terrible, and despite having photographs e- mailed to them, they offered a partial refund of £30. Whatever offer they might finally make, my son says he is 'going to bite the bullet, and break up the shed and take it up to the local tip'

Perhaps he was unlucky with his particular shed, but the total lack of help or interest from Customer Relations makes this a situation where I feel anybody on this Forum remember the saying ' Let the buyer beware' if they are tempted to deal with Garden Buildings Direct.

The potting shed

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:18

yes, literally. Has anybody out there had a shed from Garden  Buildings direct - I would be interested to hear of your experience with them, from ordering to any follow-up help required.

Forum layout

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:53

I have just logged into the forum for the first time in a week or two - am I in the right place?

if this is the new layout then I have to say I don't like it at all - I really can't be bothered to try and find the old subjects I once followed, as I'm told I don't have any followed threads. Why do people think everything in this life needs updating and refreshing, when as far as I could see the old layout was more than adequate. I struggle to find the time to do all I want in the garden and allotment, and I certainly can't find time or interest trying to work out what's happening here. Goodbye all!

Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 10:14

I have for several years, when cutting off the tops of leeks prior to cooking, spread the leek leaves along the carrot rows - the smell seems to deter the arrival of carrot fly, and the leeks gradually rot down over the months and ultimately get dug in. Carrots protected this way have been virtually untouched by the fly (which is very bad on our allotment site)

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 09:56

Just been looking at picture of Gardengirl's allotment shop (posted in March) - absolutely brilliant. I might have missed further details in another message, but can Gardengirl tell us how this shop is run and funded? Here in Marlow in Bucks, we have two allotment sites, and a shop, even half as good as GG's, would be a treat.

Depending on GG's response - and ,indeed, any comments on this subject from other forum members, I will pester our allotment committee, and local Town Council to see what they can do. Might prove interesting!

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 00:17

Very heavy frost last night, but still have a very colourful display of pelargoniums growing both sides of my front porch - if it stays mild, could they possibly last through the winter? I keep thinking I should put them in the greenhouse with all my other pelargoniums, which have been inside for a few months now, but they are so bright by the front door that I thought they should take their chance outside.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 17:28

Just a thought Gardengirl - don't know whether your allotment site does it, but in my area the local tree surgeons are invited to drop all their wood chippings in several designated points, and after a few days in warm sunshine there are large piles of lovely dark chippings, absolutely perfect for the paths. It helps them and it certainly helps us - if you don't have this facility, perhaps a gentle mention to the Allotment Association will do the trick!

Various problems :( pics included

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:56

Liquid feed or manure should never be watered on plant leaves, but the roots of the plants should preferably be drenched. Perhaps some of your plants can tolerate their leaves being watered by liquid feed, whilst the damaged ones are more susceptible to damage? I' m not suggesting you covered your plants with liquid feed, but we need to be very careful with the strength of the mixture, and if homemade, from nettles or comfrey, it can be too easy to make it too strong and cause burning.

good luck in your investigations!

ps. Not wishing to sound too gloomy, but aminopyralid has been found in many commercial composts and bags of 'farmyard manures' - and they are still on sale in some of the largest DIY and garden centres.........

Various problems :( pics included

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:18

Did you by any chance use horse manure in the affected areas? Over the last seven or eight years a lot of brought-in horse manure has been badly affected by a chemical called aminopyralid, used as a weed killer on grasslands, and subsequently ingested by cattle and horses in their feed.  The result of growing plants in affected soil produced similar, or worse, results as you show.

Nobody on my allotment site now uses horse manure, so I hope that's not the cause of your problem.



Posted: 31/07/2015 at 17:14

Hope you enjoy Calstock, Hostafan - only a mile or two up the road from where I was born in Pentillie, near St Mellion and Cargreen. It's making me think of sitting on the banks of the Tamar with a Tiddy Oggie and a pint of Cornish beer (and NOT bottled Doombar!)

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