Latest posts by scroggin

Green polytunnel or greenhouse?

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 07:55

Hi Bizt, the main thing I would consider is how exposed is your site. I have used the green polytunnel s of the type you have listed. They grow all the crops very well, the biggest drawback and it's a large one is their durability. The covers tend to last for a maximum of 2 yrs. In an exposed site they will get destroyed regardless of how well you anchor them.

Whatever you choose consider it's position and anchor it to the ground as well as you can.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 22:16

Surely it's better to wait for the full facts before passing judgement, as SGL has said it could be any number of reasons and personally I hope he's OK. Very harsh Obelixx.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:25

Cracking job Gardengirl👏👍. 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:22

Obelixx, do you know something the rest of us don't? All I've heard is that Will Young retired from the show for personal reasons. I hardly thinks that qualifies him as an " irritating idiot". 

Labrador rescues

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:07

That's brilliant news, so glad those lovely dogs have found new homes and Alfie looks a lovely boy.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 18:07

Hi Gardengirl the shed will be for the allotment, now that I have the greenhouse on the plot I don't need the polytunnel, which was one of the cheaper types which need a new cover every couple of years😕.

I will store compost and fertiliser plus some hand tools and use it as a potting shed. I've been given some 4"x4" wooden joists to make the base.

Planted some onion and shallot sets in a raised bed, fingers crossed that they survive the winter.

Eldest stepdaughter was over for the weekend, she went home well stocked with veg.

Squash Variety

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 15:59

Looking at the shape I would say it's a variety of butternut, the ones I grow are normally a paler green before ripening to golden brown. 

I would pick them before frost damages the fruit, inspect for blemishes and place on a sunny window sill to continue ripening. Always pick with at least a couple of inches of stalk to stop stem rot.

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:02

Hi dogwoodays, with celeriac I start them early indoors and then grow on in a greenhouse and then cold frame until risk of frost has passed. Keep them well watered, you can't really over water! Slugs n snails can be a problem so take some measures to protect them. I garden on heavy clay and add plenty of organic matter with a top dressing of general fertiliser before planting.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 08:00

Prepared one of the raised beds for some autumn onion and shallot sets. They don't do well direct on the heavy clay of the allotment so hoping they fare better in the beds.

Got next week off work so hope to clear away old polytunnel and lay a base for a shed.

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 07:53

Most things did OK, sweetcorn was the best year ever but some notable exceptions were aubergines, stopped growing at about 12" so binned them, chillies, overwintered ones were great but new seedlings stalled, think I over watered, binned the lot, carrots, took about 4 sowings to defeat the slugs and snails.

It's always a case of swings and roundabouts and it looks like a good crop of winter veg with leeks,celeriac,swede and parsnips doing well.

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