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Polycarbonate/Glass Greenhouse

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:32

I have just installed a greenhouse with toughened glass as my neighbour has a polycarbonate one and spent most of last year hunting around other peoples gardens for the panes when high winds blew them out!


Heating the greenhouse

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:20

I'm really interested in how others are heating their greenhouses, especially anything thats low cost - i've just bought my first greenhouse and want to keep using it over the winter if possible.

The greenhouse will be on a slab bed and i intend to install a solar heat sink - saw it on "It's not easy being green" a few years ago and the idea stuck with me -

i'm hoping that i can generate enough electricity in the winter from the solar panel to run a small heater and the switch to the fan option in summer (and maybe even run a small electric propogator).

I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried/been sucessful sing this method.


Is it worth having a garden professionally designed?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:58

I went for a bit of a mix - i created the design, and paid someone to come in a do all the hard work of removing turf, putting in extra drainage, putting down paving and building raised beds.

I alreay had a lot of plants that i had collected over time or had been given to me by friends/family!

This worked for me as i only had a limited budget - at the end the landscaper said my design had worked out well and he would be using some of my ideas in another garden!!

Good luck and enjoy what ever route you decide to take!

Gardening Shows in 2013

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 12:34

When i lived in central England i visited both Hampton Court (using train as agree parking/roads a nightmare) and Tatton Park - loved them both!

I've now relocated back to central Scotland, so gardening shows are a bit more limited - but i enjoy going along to Gardening Scotland for some ideas, but always come back with too many new plants


Posted: 07/01/2013 at 12:24

I was just about to post a similar question - cloves planted in late October in Central Scotland are about 5 inches high so far, and all have sprouted which was a nice surprise as thought a few might fail as i just planted a bulb from the supermarket! I just hope they taste good!

how to feed an orhcid without keeping it in water??

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 13:10

I was given a very handy tip about the mix of the orchid potting compost - use the mix sold in garden centres, etc and mix with some sphagnum moss and perlite.

The moss holds on to some moisture and feed around the roots between watering.

But they also recommended having 1/2 inch of water/feed in the saucer at all times to give some humidity as well as allowing the roots to take up water when they needed it.

Seems to be working for me as my orchids are thriving for once!

evergreen perenial border

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 13:34

i agree with hellebores and heuchera's - i've also recently revamped my garden to get some year round interest and have invested in some azaleas, camelias and ferns. I've also planted some Loropetalum chinensis Fire Dance which has lovely burgandy leaves and bright pink ribbon like flowers, and a Daphne to give some much needed ealry scent in the garden.

Whatever you decide to plant - enjoy!

Papaver orientalis Patty's Plum

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:26

I bought 2 of these poppy's at the Gardening Scotland event this year - both health plants that produced a flower, even though i only planted them in a big pot until i got a space ready for them in the garden! Unfortunately, i think i mught have been mis-sold another variety as they were more peachy-pink than purple-plum as in the photos of them i've seen, and the flowers i did get got wrecked by the rain!

You live and learn lol!

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 12:41

I've had reasonable success in the past by spreading coffee grounds (wich also seemed to help deter slugs), citrus peel and placing moth balls in an old milk carton with a few holes in - seems they don't like strong smells!

The other trick my granny used to advise was to spray them with water - ok if you see them about, but not so good at night!

trimming rhododenrons

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 12:37


I was lucky enough to speak to a member of the Scottish Rhododendron Society at Gardening Scotland who advised me to prune after flowering, and to do it over a three year period, i.e. a third each year - this gives new growth a chance to get going and still gives some lovely flowers each year!

I did my first prune last year, and still got a great amount of flowers - if the rain stops for a while, i'm hoping to get this years done!

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