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Latest posts by Perki

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. 

Should I repot my tomato plant

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:31

I think they be fine for now in the 9 inch pot. I got some in 4 inch pots about 12 inch tall, they will be planted in the ground probably this weekend.

I am not sure but i be tempted to pinch out the flowers, so the plant gets bigger. I am not sure though, i not all knowledgeable on veg ( well fruit in this case ) but its still  veg to me 

Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:18

Hi , i grown some Dalias from seed this year  they are doing excellent some are a foot high already. I bought a large tuber last year from garden riggs for a £1 or 1.50 and its was gorgeous lots of people commented on it when walking past the house. Its just popped up out of the compost a week ago. I bought a tuber from B&M about 3 weeks ago for 50p  i didnt have much hope for it, but that come up a few days ago.

you could probably sow some seeds still they will probably catch up. I germinated mine on the windowsill 

If i was you i go to a garden centre and buy some tubers, they will be a fraction of the price it would cost buying online. 

Foodie40 - i didn't know the seed variety's grow tubers . i assumed they would do but was told otherwise. So looks like i am going to have a load more dalias to store this year  

What do I grow?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 00:05

Hi i will add a few. 

Red / white / black currants - gooseberry - Grapevine - Rhubarb - Strawberry - dicentra - geranium - daffs - tulips - aliums - Hydrangea -  Lilums - Loral - dogwood - beach edge - honeysuckle - Delphinium - verbascum - foxglove - sedium - Lupins - Dalias

Cant think of anymore my mind gone numb. I have added no annuals i plant were not sure.

excuse my spelling 

Sweet Peas In Hanging Basket

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:41

I not sure really, they probably would survive but they can get quite heavy SP ( if left to grow full size ) it would need to be well established or it might come  out of the basket 

You can get sweet peas for baskets, i got some sugar and spice sweet peas young seedling. They are different from the normal SP, they are more bushy and shorter than all my other types of SP ( all sowed at the same time and Germinated around the same time )

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:28

 Hahaha not literally me infested with aphids 

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:08

I thought it was just me who had a infestation of aphids. 

I need to buy a good quality Rotavator, anyone recommend any makes/models

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:39

Howard are know to be good rotavators might be big/heavy for what you want it for. i just had a quick look on gumtree, there is a few howards and honda rotavators for sale.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 23:58

I have it has a hobby and a job, my dad a gardener and my mum keen as well.  i have been going to work with my dad since i was 4 years old. I used to follow him round while he mowed people lawns with my plastic lawn mower .

I also used to try and grow apple trees when i was 4-5 years old, my mum/dad used to leave them outside in the winter and i never see them again . then one day i got a apple tree for my birthday 6 years old ( still got the tree - apple crumble ) so in other words i have grown up around gardening.

Work with my dad since i left school dong basic garden maintenance but over the years got more and more fascinated with growing things which is more of a hobby to me. 

I love to do some courses on horticultural but i am work bound in the summer and the collages are miles away. Books are great for learning more, i like the DR D G hessayon book. 

Removing Horsetail

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:07

As steve has said the roots are deep, i was talking to a chap before about horsetail deep root system. Unknown to me he was a grave digger and he said  he  has found them deeper than a grave. So i wouldn't  bother trying to dig them out, i spoke to one of them people who do weed killing on the quads for the council also, i cant quite remember but i think he said bleach and salt  is effective 

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