Latest posts by Pipstrelle

what can I sow now.

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 08:55

Green manures and some salads. I sowed chard, perpetual spinach and pak choi recently. 

Making your own hoops for netting

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 08:49

Hello there,

can anyone tell me what they use to make their own hoops for supporting protective netting and fleece? I bought some "official" hoops from an online shop. These were lengths of flexible plastic. I then thought that surely I can make my own for less cost and also avoid postage. Any ideas?  Thanks in advance 

Wall covering, or trailing plant for tall wall

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 20:42

I would go for a prickly rambling rose, too. Or maybe a pyracantha which has berries for birds. Slow to get going but vigorous when it does: hydrangea anomala petiolaris.

When to move a rambling rose?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:45

Thank you! That was my hope. I bought some mycorrhizal fungi today to plant my new apple tree and added some originally to the rose. New fence panels put in where I had been thinking of growing it. Will have to think carefully on this one! There is a different rambler growing up one of 4 geriatric lilac "trees" at the back of the garden. Now that I have done partial renovation pruning to the others further back perhaps there will be enough light for it to establish under one of those . It could use something there on the back perimeter. 

When to move a rambling rose?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 13:42



Last autumn I planted a rambling rose (Veilchenblau) to replace one I thought was dead. Now I wish to move it. It came in a 2l pot. I can't remember when the best time to do this is- winter? Spring? Autumn? Would it be ok rambling over a fence? TIA. 

Too early to chit?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 11:26

Lol! Well maybe I should try that, thanks taveren

Apple tree

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 10:06

Hello! We are getting an apple tree for our allotment & plan to train it as an espalier between two stout posts connected by a wire framework. I saw whole living walls of espalier apples  trained in this way at a garden I visited. I've also seen 2 year old potted espaliers trained on a framework of canes. So, no you don't necessarily need a fence or wall.

Growing mealworms for beginners.

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 09:50

Thanks for starting this thread. I tried farming mealworms last year they started off indoors then I had to put them in the shed where they did less well. It was too cold for them I think, and I knew I hadn't been adding any wet/veg material so they wouldn't have been as happy. I had read that you shoul remove their droppings/frass. I was worried that I'd be throwing away eggs and bran. Do you ever clean them out completely or do you just harvest them all then start again? I found that the frass etc aggravated my asthma but a lid would help. 

Spindly Brussels sprout seedlings

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 09:20

Fantastic, thank you! I had moved them to a cooler place but now I know what to do  

Spindly Brussels sprout seedlings

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:10

Hello there.

We are currently starting out as first time allotment and veg growers. On 25th Feb i sowed some sprouts- Rubine. Most have germinated and have their seeds leaves but they have grown rather tall and spindly. One has even keeled over. They are otherwise healthy but I wonder if there is something amiss.

I made the mistake of sowing two to a large module. Not thinned as yet but will have to soon if I'm going to at all, to avoid root disturbance. I have them growing on a sunny, warm s-facing windowsill which has a radiator beneath. Hubbie reckons they might be too warm. There are Venetian blinds on windows.  I used bio char compost which I had a lot of success with last year with ornamentals and the odd tomato. However I accidentally ordered the general purpose (60l) but as it is so light in structure I used it as I have nothing else at present until I can get the correct one. We use peat free. Could it be any of these or things or are they meant to be long and lanky from the offset?! Apologies for typos. My tablet seems to hate this forum for some reason and keeps blending words together and not typing properly.

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