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Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:02

I'd like to know the answer about the perspex myself actually. I haven't made mine yet as I'm still on the look out for a window frame as I don't want to spend any money....I have some spare wood waiting. I don't know about the heat retaining properties of perspex as opposed to glass and it depends how substantial it needs to be, but it may be worth giving it a try. 

Split Garlic

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:45

Hi bobloes, I seem to have exactly the same symptoms with my garlic, it is just as you describe it. I have only harvested 2 plants and that is because an animal, next doors cat I suspect, bent them over. I wondered if it was simply that they are not ready yet as there are only 2 yellowing leaves on each plant. However they don't look as if they would have formed a normal garlic bulb at any time. One of my thoughts is opposite to yours in that we had an extremely wet Jan, Feb and March (my onions in the other half of the bed had to taken out as they had rotted!), although the garlic seemed to be ok. Last year was my first with garlic and it was ok but small and this years looked  a lot more promising.....until now. I'm going down to my local garden centre tomorrow to see if they can shed any light on the problem.

Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:09

Yeah, I'll let you know. I'm away for a couple of weeks soon so I'll be planning it while I'm relaxing with my feet up!  

Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:35

Well some great ideas and advice, thanks all. Flora_etc I have recently started to save my eggshells rather than put them on the compost. I was going to buy some Hostas which I love, but have been decimated by snails/slugs in the past, and use them for that, but it might be a good idea to use them in my cold frame. Several of my friends keep me supplied with duck eggs which have much thicker shells, so they might be better at keeping the slugs at bay. That's just made me think of seaweed, which I have good access to, as its very brittle and sharp when it's dry, so I can try that as well.  Yarrow2, I like the idea of your cold frame. I'm not a DIYer, so I like to keep things simple!.....and it does the job.   Right, I'm going to try those websites. 

Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 23:28

Thanks for the reply flora_etc. I haven't actually made mine yet as I have also been checking local waste, but so far I've had no luck. I don't want to spend any money unless I have to, so I'll just keep looking. I have some waste wood and no old bricks so that will dictate my design I think. I would have definately said soil rather than concrete and I'll probably line it with some black plastic to keep weeds and slugs down to a minimum.  Thanks again, SkyeSteve

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 11:32

Thanks Daniel, I'm not very computer literate!!

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 09:15

Another question Daniel. Do I have to log out and back in again if I want to get to my scrapbook? When I log in my 'home page ' has my personal details and the choices for messages, scrapbook etc., but if I go back to the home page after using the site, to get to my scrapbook etc. I only get the page which obviously is the home page, but can't get back to my personal details without loging out and in again. Am I being thick?!

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 08:43

Hi Daniel, I sent a message/question to you on Sunday. On my home page now where it gives details of the message, both above and below your pic are the words '1 message returned'. What does this mean? Is the reply there somewhere and I can't find it, or did the message not get through? It doesn't matter if you haven't replied you, but how will I know when you do?   

Talkback: Dealing with slugs and snails

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 09:15

 The slugs loved my first attempt at rhubarb last year, but I eventually succeeded and had a good first years growth. Now I'm looking forward to it growing back up again for the first harvest later in the year. To keep the slugs down I bought a slug bell from Garden Organic. Does anyone have any experience with these and do they work?

Talkback: Composting cardboard

Posted: 12/01/2012 at 10:53

Frances, it sounds like your biggest problem is not having enough bulk to put in the heap at once?  That was my problem until I moved here, so I have now solved that. However I have still 'shopped around'  ( local friends gardens and stables ) to find supplies of leaves and manure ( very good on its own or in smaller quantities in the heap). Do you live near the coast? If you do, seaweed is a wonderful activater. It is amazingly heavy carrying in a bin liner, but if you can get good amounts it also adds the bulk as well. Dry it out and then chop it up first though otherwise it takes along time to break down.     Good luck.

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