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Latest posts by scroggin

Cucumber planting advice

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:32
In a normal year one plant is plenty for a small family, but unless you are growing them up canes they need to be at least 30 ins apart or you will end up with a tangled mess and this can provide a breeding ground for mildew.

Cucumber planting advice

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:17
Are you growing them indoors or outside? It's still very early, I would wait till mid April before sowing for outdoors, they are very susceptible to frost! Also I would plant them at least 30 ins apart as they have a spreading habit.

Early seed sowing

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 20:18
Unless you have a heated greenhouse I think you may be a bit early, I grow my cucumbers in an unheated polytunnel and I won't be sowing mine until mid April and I live I'm the south.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 14:05
I grew a variety called Picolino by T & M, I grew them direct on the soil in an unheated poly tunnel. They were very prolific and crisp and juicy. I find growing them more difficult in pots and don't get the same results.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:13
I would vote for the party which made it compulsory for all pet owners to have their pets chipped carrying their DNA signature. When they then foul the neighbourhood the owners can be traced and suitably fined.
Never going to happen but it would be in my manifesto

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.

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