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Courgettes, tomatoes - container growing

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:07
It's really early for courgettes! I live in the South East and I won't be sowing mine until the beginning of May, they will then be ready for planting by early June. They grow so quickly that there is no need to risk having them checked by a cold spell. My toms go into the polytunnel during the day but if cold nights are forecast I bring them inside. I will plant the GH varieties around mid May and outside varieties in June.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 21:52
Aster, you can get them from eBay, they sell in small quantities and all lengths and sizes.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:24
I bought 2m lengths and as above used the Monty method. Really easy, make sure you get mild steel and not reinforcing rod ( rebar), this is very hard to bend.

Shed Replacement But What Type

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:16
For me personal preference would be for a wooden shiplap. If it's laid on good base and given basic care such as a coat of preservative and new roof felt from time to time it will last for years.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 17:12
I have used these, but they were fairly small diameter so had limited use. This year I've made my own using 6mm mild steel to make half round hoops in a variety of sizes depending on the plant. They rust nicely to blend in and work out very cheap considering how long they last.

tomato plants

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 12:16
Forecast is for some cold nights so I would wait unless you can bring them back in at night, they'll be fine as long as you can keep temps above 7 degrees and not have too much temp diff between day and night.

Red peppers

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 10:10
I don't feed mine until the fruit sets, I pinch them out when they're about 12" high.

Place your bets....

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:48
I live in the South East and I don't plant anything tender until the end of May, we've had frost in mid May in recent years.

Slow worms

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 11:29
Lifted a bag of compost in the greenhouse this morning and in between the cracks of the paving slabs was a beautiful golden baby slow worm about 3" long.

Help with grenhouse please!

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:18
If you use silicone sealant it will have to be flexible enough so as not to stress the glass otherwise you're effectively 'gluing' it to the frame and then any thermal load etc will put strain on the glass. On aluminium frames the glazing strip not only seals but gives flexibility too. Also not all frames can use W clips as I found on mine, it has too large a gap between the retaining groove and the glass, however oddly the door has a different construction and I can use W clips here. So long as the greenhouse was in good condition before and was properly sat on a level base then there is no reason for it too be any different when rebuilt.

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