philippa smith2

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Minimum temperature for a frost-free greenhouse

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 21:44

Flo.............just remember if you are using paraffin, it tends to be a "damp" heat so more ventillation needed

Minimum temperature for a frost-free greenhouse

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 21:32

A frost free g/h is exactly that........frost free. Depends where you are located and how much heat you wish to generate to avoid the temps dropping below frost point.  You can insulate your G/h - in fact you would be a little remiss if you didn't insulate the structure.

You can use fleece, wads of newspaper, etc to further  protect your plants from freezing temps.  Don't be misled by TV gardeners - go by your own instincts and knowledge of your particular area.

Mulch allowed to touch stems?

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:54

mulching is mulching - if the manure is well rotted, it won't hurt.  How many gardeners have the time to ensure nothing touches the stems ?

If you are using any really fresh manure, that is a slightly different matter.  Normally, you would leave the manure to rot down for 6 to 12 months before splashing it about.


Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:48




Sweeten & improve flavor of tomatoes? (cherry)

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:31

IME, the flavour ( not particularly the sweetness ) of any tom can be improved by not overwatering/feeding.  

The variety obviously comes into it as well as Bob says above.

Lemon Tree in sun-lounge over winter, or move into house?

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:17

Your citrus photos show the plant close to a radiator - citrus abhor a hot dry atmosphere hence they don't make good "house plants".  If your radiator is working, I'd suggest you keep the plant a safe distance from it.  

Keep it in your sun lounge - at this time of year, it won't mind a bit of cold.  Much better there than in a heated room in your house.

The chlorosis will occur if you don't keep the plant fed properly - specialist citrus feeds are perhaps better than Baby Bio but it won't kill your plant.  Citrus will also drop some leaves throughout the year like any other plant.

4 Sasons is a good old variety..........unfortunately the UK climate is not ideal for ripening the fruit .     

Onion, Shallot & Garlic Collection from marshals seeds is not growing

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 17:54

Don't know if it is any use but I usually start my Garlic off in modules in Sept/Oct and then transplant - got several inches of growth now and see no reason why they shouldn't produce decent bulbs by next Sept.  It usually works well for me

Climate Change?

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 18:35

Only 2 years ago, I had a discussion with a "solar panel specialist" ( sales man in ordinary terms).  

When I showed him my electricity consumption ( which I monitor weekly for my own benefit ) and suggested that I would gain nothing from installing solar panels unless I could store it and use when needed, his response need to use more electricity.!!  Whilst I realise he was intent on flogging solar panels, anyone with a modicum of sense would have shown him the door - as I did  As far as I am aware, this attitude has not changed greatly altho I would be enormously pleased to be contradicted.

There is no real promotion of power saving IME anyway..........simply the promotion of power generation. Everyone wants ever faster broadband, more power consuming gadgets, etc. Believe it or not, there are people alive today who do not realise that by leaving their computers, TV's etc on standby 24/7, they are consuming power.

A lot more education is needed with regard to the responsible use of power - however generated.

Climate Change?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 17:49

It certainly is Chicky but no smart meters here yet..........under normal circumstances I'd agree with you but as some kind soul put a brick thru the rear windscreen of my car last night and finished it off with a covering of paint stripper, I'm not currently in "optimistic mode"  

Sorry - that is nothing to do with climate change is it........well, unless global warming is sending people mad ??

Vegetable Plants Direct

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:50

Fair enough Keith - hope you sort out your unhappy clients and make improvements

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