Latest posts by scroggin

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 21:14
Certainly not a dumb question Bettyslad, fruit cages are available to buy as a ready to use item or you can buy individual components and build your own.
I don't have problems with rabbits but I do protect my brassicas from birds and caterpillars by erecting a frame made from plastic water pipe and debris netting. Basically you make hoops with the water pipe and cover it with debris netting, making sure you peg it down well as you go.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 17:47
Continued with the construction of the greenhouse, as it was second hand it needed new bolts and all the glazing rubbers have perished, so in the process of replacing them.

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:03
I work for a small engineering company, when we package components and equipment for transport we take photos as evidence of its condition when it leaves the workshop, the couriers have to inspect and sign that they are happy with the packaging. This avoids any disagreement if damage occurs.
Obviously for large companies this is more of an issue but smaller independent nurseries could implement something similar. In the digital age it's not a huge time consuming chore to record your products as they leave. I'm pretty sure larger companies do spot checks on their couriers. It won't stop rogue delivery men but does highlight if there's a root and branch problem.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 07:14
Loved the garden for the young boy Noah, appreciated the principle behind the 'community' garden but also felt it would be very difficult to maintain.
Thought Monty was very good, giving constructive advice along the way.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:48
Managed to get the frame of the greenhouse erected before the rain started. It's a free gift from a friend, needs new insulation strips for the glazing and I'll need to make a new door roller but otherwise seems pretty good.
Onion sets and shallots starting to sprout in modules and lettuces and cabbages germinating too, hoping for some warmer weather to start sowing direct.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 20:24
Hope they catch the culprit Gardengirl. A couple of yrs ago we had a mass theft when a local toerag broke into sheds and stole a lot of power tools
On a brighter note the 'Collie' line has met with approval from Floss, she happily wanders around our patch without ' trespassing ' on other plots.
Prepared the bed for my Onions, really nice out in the Spring sunshine today, fingers crossed the soil will warm up a bit in time for sowing direct

What is your weather like?

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 19:00
Groundhog day weather-wise, cloudy all day, max temp about 10 degrees, good for digging but some sunshine wouldn't go amiss.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 21:16
It happens when they get a wind shock, they will be checked but it's happened to me before and after a slow start when they looked like they would never grow they just took off. If you plant them out you can create a wind break with fleece until they're established.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 21:09
Tootles, why don't you try Calabrese instead, you would get 3 or 4 plants in your raised bed, then you get the bonus of a large central head and lots of sideshoot spears that come after, sown in April they will be cropping by end of July early August.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:41
Hi Tootles, I wouldn't grow it in a raised bed of that size, they are large plants that need firm soil to stop wind rock and even then you may need to stake them, on a 1m x 1m bed you would only get 1 max 2 plants. To be honest it's a plant to grow if you have lots of room, it's saving grace is that it's cropping when the veg garden is at its leanest in the gap between winter and summer veg.

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