philippa smith2

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Building a Greenhouse

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 12:03

You are quite right to contradict me Hostafan - I've never yet sited any GH ridge East/West - must have had East/West on the brain

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 17:03

Padraigh..........what a beautiful driveway - you must be tempted to linger rather than get home

Building a Greenhouse

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 16:59

1.  Depends upon your handyman ( handyperson ) and carpentry skills.

2.  Concrete slabs as a base are fine if you are sure you will never want to have soil beds in there. If your usage might change, an interior gravel floor may be a good idea leaving the concrete for the actual frame base. 

3.  Horticultural glass is probably the cheapest but a better bet is the toughened safety glass.  Polycarbonate sheets are fine but not as attractive.

4.  You will need to provide shade at some point - probably even for your sun lovers.  You can do this internally or externally with blinds.

5.  The usual "classic" orientation for a G/H  is for the ridge to run East/ West.

6.  If your plants are tender ( house plants, etc. ) then you will need to provide heat over winter.  You can provide frost protection by various means if necessary.  It really depends on what you plan to keep in the G/H and, of course, your geographical location

Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 16:40

aym.....brine........the recipe I use is 2 oz of salt to 1 pint water

Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 17:50

If you have an excess of home produced garlic you can preserve in brine.  Peel and soak in brine, give it a few days, drain and repeat the process.  Delicious and lasts for ages if done properly.  Often found in French and Spanish bars to nibble along with your drinks ! 

IME, Garlic is best planted in September/October........harvest the following August/September and start the process again.

You can use shop bought cloves for a chance 1 year harvest but , as others point out, whilst you may get away with it for the one season, it is seldom worth it.

Garden related name for kitten

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 18:09

Schitzy has a nice ring to it

Ornamental Equisetum - a problem?

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:13

Rings a bell - that particular one is I think sold as a marginal pond plant - in my experience, it has been "well behaved" in all of my ponds.

As you say, if in doubt, hoik it out

Horseradish woes

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 15:03

Welshonion....I may well be wise but it is quite often "after the event" as opposed to before  

Hazel hurdles/panels

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 14:39

Thanks anyway Loana

Ornamental Equisetum - a problem?

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 18:14

Is there actually a difference between Ornamental Equisetum and Non Ornamental Equisetum  ? I'd be a tad wary and investigate further if you can

Discussions started by philippa smith2

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

The Ultimate Alphabet 
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Blatant advertising

Lack of above lately 
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Hazel hurdles/panels

Using these as a fence 
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Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Best present this year !!

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