philippa smith2

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Is this possible?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 19:30

You should be so lucky aym  They are good tho aren't they ?

Tomato plants not pollinating

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 19:11

I've not heard of the variety you are growing - Id suggest you check out the details of this particular variety.

Normally with a cordon type, you would let them go to 6 ( in my case ) or 7 as Ladybird describes and in a reasonable summer with correct watering and feeding, there is no reason why the majority of the fruit won't ripen naturally.

It isn't usual to have to hand pollinate most Toms even in a GH - a few taps on the stem should be all that is needed.

Is this possible?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 19:01

Verdun  A couple of Shitake in there ?  They don't take up half as much room as Donuts you know !

Hot house Hostas

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:57

Think you would have more trouble with Hostas in a GH than worth bothering with.  Hardy plants - they would do better outside than in. Not all Hostas thrive in shady conditions BTW - some really enjoy full sun provided with sufficient moisture.  I think there are almost as many myths re growing Hostas as there are regarding butter versus margarine

If you are looking for greenery in a shady G/H, some of the less hardy ferns would perhaps be a better bet ?

Green water in ponds GB

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:51

Might be an idea to know the size and aspect of your pond, what you have in there - wildlife, fish, plants etc. ?  

Amateur looking for help: Green house base woes

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:44

Ladybird   Your post wasn't there when I started ( I'm a slow typer )  I missed the fence tho - concentrating on the base 

Having sited more G/H's than I care to remember, level is the key......whether you use bricks, concrete or timber.

It won't help the OP now I suppose but there are plenty of G/H's about which offer extra eaves height without the need to build the base up.

If one has the cash, the old Victorian type built on a sturdy brick wall would do the trick - look good too 

Hedge at end of the garden

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:42

Pok3..........withut wishing to be contentious, I'd suggest the first thing you should do is to clarify with your neighbour exactly what he is allowed to do to your hedge and what he isn't allowed to do.

If the hedge is overhanging his garden, then he is allowed to trim back to the boundary.  He should not be doing anything further without your permission.  The height of the hedge is not necessarily his business to decide either - in the ideal situation, you and your neighbour would come to an agreement on an acceptable height which suits you both.  To start hacking your hedge about whilst you are not there/without your permission is far exceeding his rights.

Is there a particular reason why it is your neighbour who does the cutting back/down ?  If you are unable for some reason to do the work yourself, you would need to lay down some parameters within which your neighbour could undertake the work.

Some of the leaves look a little bit like Laurel but I certainly wouldn't like to say for sure.  It looks as if you have quite a lot of weak branches in there - thinning them out should promote bushier growth but could be a bit of a long job

Ivy - removing roots

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:13

Susceptibility to various plants can alter with age and the conditions in which you are in close quarters with each plant Jimmy.

If you are cutting/pruning when the weather is hot then quite often a combination of your sweat mixed with the heat can make things worse.

Personally, I only have to look at something like Hellebore, Cucurbit or Fig to come out in a rash at any time of the year.  Not too good for an all year round gardener  I find the cut stem of Aloe Vera rubbed on as soon as possible does help alleviate the rash.

Some people find it more problematical than others.  If you are able to work with gloves/gauntlets and long sleeves that would help avoid contact with the ivy. 

Amateur looking for help: Green house base woes

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:58

Is there any particular reason why you want to use the timber as a base ?

Are you planning to just have a central path of slabs/concrete in the G/H and soil beds to either side ?

Most metal G/H's come with a base which can be bolted down to a solid surface but I can't tell if you have such a base.  

It could be that you are over complicating things by using timber on top of the slabs unless you are looking for extra height.  If that is the case, level the timber by building up with concrete and then bolt your G/H to the timber.  Needs some care tho to ensure completely level - but I guess you know that already

Is this possible?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:37

I'm not trying to be funny but would Mushrooms work there ?  There are plenty of different types - some of which are expensive to buy in the shops.  They are also a fascinating subject and delicious to eat.

Might be worth looking into

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