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Grape pruning

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 10:48

last Friday (Gardeners World) Monty showed how to prune grape, which basically consisted in removing all subsequent flowering bunches after the initial fruit on each lateral, but leave to vine to continue growing on that lateral.

 However from several garden centres have made research on the web, years previously,  which have all suggested to cut back fruiting laterals to two leaves beyond the first truss, and cut back sub-laterals to one leaf, not leaving further fruiting to occur on these laterals, etc.

Both answers Monty and the web sites, (kept the copy so not recalling just from memory), are referring to vines growing in a glasshouse.

 Which suggestion should I follow, even though last summer had many good bunches of red grape, so should I change to Monty's method or not?

 Vine been in situ for 5 years now.


Nest Box Camera

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 22:10

Nice pressie, but don't be disappointed if and when your feathered friends don't use the camera box, but an adjacent one instead. Suppose the only solution is only have the one box in your garden, but they have a choice of 6 here, even then some years, none are used.

Pays your money, takes your chances. Good luck  

Calendula seedlings

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 17:48

Hi all, 

 Many thanks indeed. Think I'll pot them up and keep in my glasshouse, which generally isn't heated, as have two layers of bubble wrap inside, so rarely requires heating. Also have cold frame, so space not really an issue.


thanks all.



Calendula seedlings

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:18

A few weeks back on Gardeners World, Monty segmented we sow some hardy seeds now in readiness for next year. I sowed some seeds I'd saved from calendula grown in my garden, into a 15 felled tray, around 4 per cell, now have many seedlings.

  Do I plant some in garden now, pot each seedling into individual pots, or what?

 Advice please, as don't really wish to loose this trial, as never sown hardy seeds this time if year previously.

Greenhouse Heaters

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 07:32

I have an 8x6 alminimum glasshouse, with apex roof about 8 FT in height.

  My I suggest that you bubble wrap your greenhouse. I don't go completely up to the apex but cross from one side to other around halfway up, so less space to heat. A few years back I tried the following suggestion! which was even better as far as I'm concerned.

Place one layer of double sided bubble wrap directly against the glass held in place by the plastic fittings you can purchase from garden centre. Then add a second layer attached to the end of the fitting in the correct way. Now you have a double skinned glasshouse. Haven't used a heater now for three years, nor lost any plants. 

 Only expense is initial purchase of bubble wrap, so if you are carefull removing the tape as and where you join sections together, which can last several years with careful use, sticky waterproof tape (yearly purchase)

i also use a marker pen when removing the bubble wrap in spring, where each piece is fitted, so then no need to cut to fit next year.

Many years ago did have a parrifin heater, but found the glasshouse was full of condensation each morning, so always opened the doors to try and dry out. Don't know if they are better now though, so my comment is just my view.

 Have an electric heater now, as have laid electricity laid to the glasshouse, used in conjunction with a timer unit, when it is required. Then one can set up the time to switch on and off, saving you a walk up each night. 



Talkback: Three ways to improve your pond

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:24
Buy a bag of barley straw from and pet shop, then make up your own bales, which is far far cheaper than purchasing ready made ones from a garden centre. Just need a net (buy net of oranges from greengrocer) then stuff loads of barley straw into this, including couple of heavy stones to prevent it floating, and hey presto, your own home made barley bales.

Early birds.

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:50

Sadly the adults abandoned this nest, during our very cold snap end of last month. No robins been sighted since in my garden or near neighbours. Removed this wonderful nest from the box, found 5 deceased chicks, deep inside the moss cup, which was surrounded by dry willow leaves, which are in good supply as large willow 3 houses away. 

 Most likely lack of live food in March, and thought it very early for chicks. Sadly my live meal worms arrived too late.


Early birds.

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 06:55

Last Saturday, saw whilst walking past where I have a Robin nest box sited, just happened to view, and saw much material. Initially thought I hadn't cleaned it out early winter, so ended up watching from my shed. 

 Yes saw robins coming and going, taking grubs in, and removing poo sacks. so on Monday, ordered live meal worms from the usual company. Yesterday worms arrived, and actually saw 3 chicks, when I walked past. 

 Thought it a bit early, hence ordering meal worms.

 Btw actually seen my hedgehogs which have been hibernating under the shed. Hoping to find out if either has hog-lets In near future.



Posted: 07/11/2013 at 08:54

I'm no expert, but they do suffer with fleas, etc. Those on my unedited video, are often seen scratching. Maybe the slowness is due to becoming drowsy and making ready to hibernate. Don't know where in UK you reside, but think that with the cooler nights now, hibernation is now on the cards.

Down here in the south, still eating well, and will have to buy yet another bag of dry cat food, and no the cat can't get to it, being tucked well under my shed. Must say was fun firstcouple of nights, watching him/her on camcorder video, trying to crawl under to reach it. Head and a shoulder only, so gave up, and now never bothers to stop.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 07:17

I'm using an ordinary camcorder (Canon Legria HFR 205) but set on low light level mode. I also have the outside shed light switched on, so some light. I've often thought of purchasing one of those cameras you can put inside bird boxes, but rather expensive, especially if birds don't use that particular box.

One advantage with my camcorder, which was one of the many reasons for purchase, was that it had slots for two memory cards. One for video, one for images, (extremely poor quality) but now set for video as well. Must admit came in handy for our China holiday a year ago. Even had another two spare 32GB cards, eventually used three full and one about half, so around 18 hrs video.

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