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Latest posts by Perki


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:52

Are talking about begonia sempleflorans? As Dove said already i cut down on the watering, after my experience from last with probably over watering i lost quite a few with botrytis ( its like a grey mold what appears on the lower leaves where it most moist/damp/wet and slow destroys the plant eventually ) i pick of any leaves what have signs of botrytis.

Now i let them nearly dry out and they done a lot better this year.

Mixing lilys bulbs

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 18:54

Hi just reporting back about my maroon lilys what are starting to flower . They not as dark as black jewel 

But after a investigation today,  my other lilys muscat - stargazer - tree lilys haven't fared so well.  My muscat & stargazer were starting to rot, and the slugs have got my tree lilys .  I have potted them up in the Greenhouse and hoping for the best


Can you lay turf in July & what are the potential problems

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:12

yes you can lay turf in july. Most likely problem, shrinkage of the turf due to lack of water. It has to be well watered.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:48

I wouldnt worry about the grass it will recover, in an very unlikely event it doesnt recover just reseed the area. I have scalped plenty of lawns with using large professional lawn mowers, they bottom out quite often on uneven ground. Lawn feed unnecessary cause they nothing to feed if the grass is dead, plus with the dog possible weeing on the lawn, you got a natural high nitrogen feed dog friendly aswell. Just depends if its feed even all over the lawn which usually isn't the cause.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:08

Hi can i prune a lateral branch back now to an inch of the main stem. The lateral is to low down, the only way it can go is up , its starting to overtake the leader. Or will i have to wait for the winter pruning? The grapevine ( blackhamburg ) is in its second year. i want it  to grow along the roof of the GH.

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:56

I am not sure but it could be strawberry mildew. Or strawberry eelworm according to a book i been looking at ( Fruit expert Dr G hessayon ) 

New Greenhouse

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 00:19

Hi i am not familiar with the model, but i bought a green Elite Belmont 10 x 8 recently. My best advise would be read the instruction and again and again. In my opinion the instructions are not the best but Elite are very helpful when you ring. I am very happy with my greenhouse its great,  its like a second home or 1st . i put some pictures on the forum a few weeks ago if your interested.

 I would also get a bricky as well to build the base for you, could be an expensive mistake if you do it wrong.

Any ideas

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:01

Hi i would break the garden into 2 sections if possible - patio door area then block the other 2/3 of the garden off with a raised bed/hedge/archway with a few gaps just so you can see a bit but not enough, this will entice you into the garden, add path down the middle,  a bit a lighting down the sides would look nice.   i would add some height to the garden with varies small/medium trees just a few not to many, it will make the garden feel big than it actually is. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:08

Hi i thought i share i picture of my mimulus


Target Greenhouse temperatures and plant positioning

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 23:49

Hi, i have my auto vents adjusted to open as soon as it gets around 18C, i like to have good airflow to reduce the chance of disease. i grow tomatoes & cucumbers last year but the tomatoes did a lot better than the cucumbers/melons. 

Its up to you if you want to cater more towards the tomatoes or the cucumbers. you can make the GH more humid by wetting the floor.

Position for roof vents depend on you,  i think one on either side of the roof would provide better airflow. Is your GH sheltered from the winds?  the wind can snatch it and rip it off. i had that problem today, it was warm enough in the GH so the vents started to open yet it was really windy outside. 

Discussions started by Perki

Wisteria planting.

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Cheap alternative for basket / trough liners?

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leaf spot on Marigolds?

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Welcome to my greenhouse

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Mixing lilys bulbs

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Wind damage, greenhouse

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Buying a Greenhouse new / used

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