Latest posts by saltski

Moving Garlic On

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 14:45
Cold frames !  THAT'S the answer !!


I agree, I don't have a greenhouse so this seems like the best option for me ATM.

Should my Shallots have Shoots?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:33

Thanks for the tips, glad I'm not the only one with slow ones. I'm not far from Sam so it's probable that they're on similar timescales.

Lets hope for some nice warm weather.

Moving Garlic On

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:32

Thanks for the advice, I'll get them in the ground tomorrow afternoon.

Moving Garlic On

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:19

OK, second noob question this morning but I'm learnign as I'm goign along. A couple of weeks ago I planted cloves of garlic into 9cm pots. I know this was probably too late and won't yield as good a crop as if I had planted in winter but I didn't know, I assumes as they were selling it it could be planted. Now they've done well int he post so far and they have shoots on of between 3 and 4 inches and growing rapidly!

Shoul dI move them on now into the ground? And if so where should I put them? I'm not sure if they have any 'predators' I get a lot of birds in my garden, big ones, wood pigeons and pheasants will they pull them up? I can put them in my fruit cage with fruit bushes and shallots if that will be better.

Just looking for a little advice, thanks!

Should my Shallots have Shoots?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:11

Hi, I planted some shallot sets into the ground about 2/3 weeks ago, following the advice and leaving the tips exposed. I watered well and have left them. But so far I cannot see any growth on them, no green shoots appearing at the top. I planted garlic last weekend and already that has big green shoots on it. They're in my fruit cage with all my lovely fruit bushes that look amazing now that the leaves have unfurled.

Should I be worried about them?

Greenhouse base...securing to sleepers?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:26

If it is a sliding door then you will have to be very careful how you place the greenhouse on the bricks, it will have to slide infront or behind them.


Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:39

Hi guys, I planted some Garlic late last week into pots (1 love in each 9cm pot) which are currently in my kitchen as I thought it would be too cold for them outside yet. Should I move them outside? They can sit in my fruit cage to keep the birds off until they're established then I was planning on putting them in the ground.

Also should I have planted them deeper? I put them into the pots so that they were just below the surface, this was advice I had found on the internet so have them so that their tips are just visible, should I push them deeper?

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?

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