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Latest posts by scroggin

green polytunnel

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:55

I agree with all the comments, don't expect the covers to last too long, 3 years is the best I've done but they are cheap to replace. If you don't want them to blow away then you will have to use anchor pegs aswell as burying the cover.

I use them on my allotment and they are very good for raising seedlings and growing the usual toms and cucumbers, make sure you wrap some tape around the joins to help keep them together and also any areas where the cover may rub will need protecting to stop the cover tearing.

Roses blooming Winter

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 09:10

I live in the southeast, in our local churchyard there are a number of roses planted against a south facing wall. Quite a few are still in flower, it brings some much needed colour and they still have a lovely scent too.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 09:07

Hi Roy, the ones I used for concrete had 'eyes' on them so that you can attach a guy rope to them, basically you drill a hole into the concrete and then insert the anchor bolt, as you tighten it expands similar to a rawplug.

On the allotment you can buy long auger screws that go a good 12" into the ground, I haven't seen one pull out yet.

The anchor bolts are available from any good DIY store and I bought the auger screws online, they are used for holding down things like garden trampolines but are perfect for any temporary structure.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 19:58

I have had similar disasters with plastic polytunnels, these days I tie the frame to anchors in the ground and have guy ropes over the top of the covers, they have withstood some serious winds since using this method. For soft ground you can buy/make auger screws, and for hard ground I use anchor bolts.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 19:03

Hi Sandy,

If you have plenty of space it might be worth a try but as Welshonion says they probably wont sprout. I would go for one's bred for cultivation rather than culinary use.


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 20:16

Hi Sandy,

I cant speak for their Shallots but I have bought blueberry bushes and various flower and veg seeds and all have been every bit as good as more "celebrated" brands.

If they look like they have been stored well I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be ok.

Ground cover between veg?

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 15:14

I try and grow veg more 'densely' than maybe suggested in the standard books, that way there is very little bare ground to worry about. As Dove says just use a hoe to keep down the rest of the weeds.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 20:32

Hoping that the weather is kind enough to allow me to get some of my plot dug and manured during the Xmas break. Apart from spuds all our Xmas dinner veg will be coming from the allotment, my veg might not be pretty but it tastes great.

Wishing everyone a great Xmas and a happy and healthy New Year.


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 15:16

Considering the fines that can be imposed on irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to foul public areas, I am amazed that there are cat owners who believe it is acceptable to allow their pet to foul someone else's private property.

If you choose to have a pet animal it is your responsibility to ensure it doesn't cause problems for other members of the public.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:33

Its getting close to the time of year when the hard work starts digging over the plot ready for next year.

I quite enjoy the effort involved and I find it satisfying looking back at a newly dug plot.

Root crops have done really well this year and had the first parsnips yesterday, ideally they need a frost to add some sweetness but they tasted great.

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