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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 12:46

Think about water. You don't want to be carrying cans around and a hosepipe ban might make life very difficult. Siting the greenhouse close to the house where you have water butts and mains water would make sense. You might be able to rig up a syphon system to bring water to the greenhouse in either position though.

It is also much more convenient to nip into the greenhouse for herbs, strawberries, tomatoes etc if it is close by. If it is a long trek to the other end of the garden it will tend to get ignored.

As for orientation it really won't make much difference, after all it is entirely transparent. I think the east-west guidance is more relevant to long commercial greenhouses, domestic one's tend to be nearer square e.g. 10x8. Mine is 8x8 so it makes no difference.

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:30

Gaultheria shallon - highly invasive pest of a plant. 

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 00:39

It is way too early to be killing off a tree. Wait till next Spring to see if it is really dead. There is an old saying in the Scottish mountain rescue world that you aren't really dead until you are warm and dead. The garden equivalent is wait until Spring. 

By all means buy a replacement now and keep it safe over the Winter to use as a possible replacement but be aware that trees have good self-preservation mechanisms built in and will drop leaves to get rid of a problem.

Can an architectural graduate move into garden design?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 00:17

There isn't any such thing as a legal garden designer. If there was then there are an awful lot of illegal designers on this website alone.

Like many talent based careers it is what you can do that matters, not what any piece of paper says. Look out for local free magazines that carry adverts and editorial pieces about local gardens, they can be a good source of leads. You will probaly have to write your own copy for them and take your own photos but they are a good way to get your skills out there.

New Home -Blank plot

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 00:07

You could get a decent vinyard in there - Bacchus, Siegerebbe, Seyval Blanc. Start now!

Or you could be sensible and wait at least for Spring to see what bulbs etc. might be there.

Self Watering system

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 23:00 Lots of useful info there but it could get costly.

Lawn Funghi

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 00:06

Looks like honey fungus to me. You might find some old tree roots buried below the crop if you dig down, it would be feeding on these. Although honey fungus is bad news in a garden at least it is edible! But don't ever eat any fungus unless you get multiple expert real life confirmations that it is a safe variety. Look out for fungus events locally where you might find an expert to have a look at your specimens.

Ruuner Bean roots- a problem?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 01:17

The nitrogen will have been passed on to the plant during the growing season. There will be very little value left in the roots other than the fact that the plant is perennial and would grow again from those substantial roots given protection from frost over the Winter.

Tools to tackle an overgrown laurel hedge

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 18:00

You would need to eat the leaves to suffer cyanide poisoning, that's how it kills horses. It is safe to prune laurel, wet or dry.

Any idea what this fruit is?

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 23:55

Seems very late for cherry plums, they usually ripen late July/early August. All of mine were gone by mid August. I have the purple variety and have made good jam from it.

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