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Latest posts by saltski

Greenhouse base...securing to sleepers?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:35

The base should be fixed securely to the ground, usually this will be done using either a poured concrete base (20cm depth) or one that is made using breeze blocks secured down with concrete. The metal base would then be attached to these using heavy duty anchor bolts to ensure it stays put in high wind.

If you want to put sleepers on first to increase the height then you will need to secure these to the ground too, however this could be down with fence post anchors (the metal type that hammer into the ground). Then use several short sections of fence post and screw them to the sleepers before screwing the metal baseonto the sleepers too.

However given the two options I would go for the concrete foundation as it will ultimately last longer ans also stop pests from burrowing under and into the greenhouse (I have a rabit problem).

New South facing garden

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:31

I too have a south facing garden and also in a similar position where I am tryign to find the correct combination of plants to fill it with (on a tight budget) that will look nice and attract wildlife.

I have hedges down both sides which have birds in them all the time, as for plants I try to go for single flower varieties, or wildflowers. I have a lot of lavendar which really attracts the bees in the late summer. I have roses too but they seem to only attract aphids.

Sadly, all my berries are ina  fruit cage as they are for me and not the birds but the flowers are for all the wildlife to enjoy.

The two links provided are excellent, thank you guys.

Talkback: Growing autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 09:33

I have some raspberries, I think they're autumn fruiting ones but cannot remember fully when they fruited. They were newly planted last year and did grow some fruit so I had assumed they must be autumn fruiting. But I do now that summer ones grow on existing canes, I have some canes at the moment with buds on, so I'm confused totally. If I keep an eye on them this year, what months should the fruit come for summer and autumn varieties?

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:08
This is great advice as this is exactly what I intend to do in my garden, two curved raised beds for vegetable growing. I was wondering how to produce the curve and now I know, place the blocks end on!


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:51

Thanks for the heads-up anyway, I have seven Heucherras at the moment which are going to be arranged in a nice ornamental fassion in the spring when they're over their winter ordeal, and another in a hanging basket permanently by my front door. I love the mix of colours that can be achieved and they're very hardy.

Note the picture was taken when I potted them up last year, they're a little less bright now following the snow.


Garden Problem Area

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:28

Thanks for the info Verdun, I have considered ferns before but not invested in any. I have two Japanese Maples that are growing, albeit slowly, but it'll be a while before they're big. I think one of the biggest problems I've had is that I've tried to grow from small plants that are just not well established when they're planted out and don't react very well to the environment, maybe I should try some larger plants (though this costs more and therefore will be a bigger loss if they then fail).

For reference this is the area of the garden, the trellis is north facing with winder jasmin growing on it. This was taken last summer when I have just planted a few things, now all dead except the Heucherras. Also is now covered with creeping geranium type weed.


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:18

What's a vine weevil and how do I spot them? I have a lot of Heucherras as I really like them so would like to be careful of them. Is there anything I can do as a preventative?

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:16

My soft fruit cage is my biggest achievement, so far, I got a handful of fruit from the newly planted bushes last year and this year they're laden with buds so far.


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:13
Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

Saltski, we had the same problem at a student house I shared at Uni.  I was OK as I was in an upstairs room, my mate wasn't so lucky.  We put pellets down around the outside of the house, and a few by the back door on the inside.  We used a strong salt solution and shoved that down the sink every couple of weeks, too, in case they were getting in that way.  It didn't solve the problem completely, but it did cut it down A LOT.

If you can find out where the blighters are getting in (we think it was under our back door, as it didn't fit very well), then concentrate on that area.  I've also heard they don't like  black bitumenous paint, so you could try painting some of that on the floor next to the house (unless it would look awful, we have a tarmac drive, so it wouldn't notice - not that you'd need it as tarmac has bitumen in it already).  I used to have one or two come into the kitchen every year, until I put a magic mat down by the back door (more for my dogs' muddy paws more than anything else), since that's been down I haven't seen any.  I think the going across the fabric bit is too much like hard work!

I might try the fabric. The problem I have I THINK is thast they're living/hatching under the floor as it's probably dirt as the house is 80 years old, then they crawl up the internal walls and come up through the gap between the laminate floor and door frames/skirting etc. I have sealed where possible but they still get through!

I might try the bitumen paint and paint it on the damp proof course, I have been meaning to do something like this because I have seen houses that are rendered like mine with the dark paint on the DPC and they look very neat. I was sucessful with salt at the extremities like doors etc, but am limited with a 1yr old who is learning to walk.


Posted: 05/03/2013 at 14:04

I would like to stop them coming into my house at night.

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