Latest posts by Rodgy-dodge

Carrot bed

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 07:46

Hi I'm new to veg and just preparing an area for growing carrots and parsnips next year on my newly acquired allotment plot. I'm putting in a raised bed as that has been recommended for the carrot fly issues. However the soil level needs raising so I'm going to have to put more in. How would I go about making a good mix as I've also read that they don't want manure digging in! The size of the bed is about 2mtrs square and about 40cm's high and its only half filled at the moment with very loamy soil. All recommendations on growing carrots welcome

Glass V Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:55

Thanks Guys for all your reply's and thanks for the link Mr GreenGrass, my heart is telling me go with glass but I think Common-sense regarding vandals and the like might sway me towards polycarbonate. 

Glass V Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 02:42

Hi just would like peoples opinions on what greenhouse to buy. My husband and I have just recently taken on an allotment and are looking to buy a greenhouse but long gone are the days when you could only buy glass ones! there's so much choice and like everything you go to buy these days it becomes a minefield. The only advise we've been given so far is on choosing the right size so I've opted for a 12' x 8'. what's your thoughts / opinions/ advise on polycarbonate over glass?


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 13:44

the tree looks awful at the moment the leaves are yellowing but I put that down to the ground being bone dry when we came home from holiday and next door (semi detached) have just had a new drive installed, I also put it down to builders may have upset the roots. . This is how I came to notice the little critters as I went out to prune all the bad looking leaves off and shape the tree, I keep it small like a lollipop


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 13:32

Could anybody identify what it is... 

There wasn't as many as this just the odd few up the main trunk I squished them then hosed down the tree should have taken some pics first..

Firstly is it serious and how do I treat it?



Posted: 08/08/2013 at 07:51

I used to have bamboos at the back of my garden I planted them in plastic Dustbins with the bottoms cut out so they stayed in clumps, Unfortunatly they flowered and died! My next door neighbour on the other hand is having a terrible time with bamboo they've inherited from the previous owner, its so invasive its travelled right down to his patio and started to sprout between his flags. Just a word of warning when choosing a variety. You may want to looks at an alternative screening plant!

Flowering black bamboo

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 07:45

Hi Paul smith4, A few years ago this happened to mine and I'm afraid it died afterwards.

I was told by an expert that when they flower it's very likely they die. I ended up digging it up.

HELP! plant identifying its ruining my life

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 14:03

Get in touch with your local council. I found this link for you, although I'm not entirely certain it may just be relating to trees.

this might be of interest too

I love bees but

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 13:27
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Yes they are making a nest. They won't keep attacking your roses, just until the nest is made. Then they will want pollen and nectar.

oh well there's plenty of that in my garden at the moment and its baking hot!

I love bees but

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 13:26
Alan4711 wrote (see)
Rodge ,now thats one nice bee motel, im going to build one at our new house and great pics iv heard of this but never seen it , bye the way what do u charge em for an overnight stay,,, nice one Rodge
good luck Alan4711

ha haa the bee hotel was made by my niece at school. I've had it years and never had a bee go in it only lace wings and ladybirds. I have however made a rather bigget one out of one of my willow tree logs. never seen any go in that either come to think of it

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