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Latest posts by steephill

Large polytunnel and beds and no clue where to start

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:27
You will find that nettles are probably all connected. They spread by runners, thick yellow roots running under the surface. When you start to dig them out you will be able to trace these runners and remive the worst of the problem. It may take a year to remove the weed problem though. I would suggest trying potatoes in the outside beds as these can out compete a lot of weeds. Inside the tunnel I would go for glyphosate then dig over the soil.

Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:18
How about a series of connected watering cans working on the syphon principle? Could even be all filled in parallel from a horizontal trough. That could be an easily expandable system, just buy more watering cans. All rights reserved, you read it hear first. Unless I saw it somewhere else of course

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:09
A real trip down memory lane for me. I watched it regularly back in the 80s despite living in a flat in the centre of Glasgow. Hearing the old theme tune made me quite homesick. And the presenters are still the same! Wonderful!


Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:55 has useful info. Scroll down the page until you fine the section on harvest mites.

Cherry tree

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:21 has some info on this problem. This is very common problem unfortunately.

Strange broad bean

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:45

Spot the odd one out! One of my broad beans has come up yellow rather than green. I'll grow it on to see what becomes of it but has anyone else ever had this happen?



Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:26

That looks like a solid piece of kit but it is a bit small . Every one regrets not getting a bigger greenhouse. You could try your local paper/Gumtree/Freecycle to find a better, cheaper (even free!) greenhouse.

Slow worms and roe deer

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:18

An odd mix for a subject title but bear with me. 

I found my first (live) slow worm in the garden today. I found one dead in the snow a month ago which was a surprise, must have tried to get going too soon and got caught out in our long hard spring. I need to start stripping off long grass soon on various banks but I am always wary of finding slow worms in there. I am delighted to find them again of course but it means slow progress for me as the strimmer gets parked and hand work begins. Hopefully sightings of grass snakes will not be far behind.

I also found a present from a roe deer buck. Not the usual compost enhancer from the back end but an antler found in a loose wood pile. The stag must have been using the branches to rattle off its antlers at the end of Winter. The antler looks just like these on a buck we had in the garden a few years ago:-


Air pots

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:37

Or just let the pots dry out to let the air in . I like the fact that the air pots are constant diameter, makes more efficient use of floor space in the greenhouse. I have never really understood why pots taper down just as the roots are doing the exact opposite!

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Problem viewing on Android tablet

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Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Strange broad bean

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Slow worms and roe deer

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Air pots

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Bean confession

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