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Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 12:58

hiya Gard,

I'm no expert and new to gardening but I read the other day in the Gardeners World magazine that "yellowing between the veins on tomatoe leaves is caused by Magnesium deficiency. Spray foliage with a diluted solution of Epsom salts."

Building a brick base for a greenhouse

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 20:08

I brought my Grenhouse from the same place as Mark Talbot "THE GREENHOUSE PEOPLE", I too would highly recommend them. As I said above, i'm a builder and i'm very happy with the alloy base that was suppied with the greenhouse. A brick built base is a good idea only if it is built with engineering bricks, but to be honest, it is not worth the hassle of digging and concreting a foundation to lay the bricks on just to save £60.

Building a brick base for a greenhouse

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 18:02

hiya Linda Taylor2, I'm a builder and bricklaying has been my trade for the last 26yrs.

A brick built base is a good idea and better than the alloy ones you can buy, but BEWARE!

Common bricks or any general facing brick is porous and will absorb water, during the winter months these bricks will remain wet/damp. then when it freezes the water will expand and cause the face of the brick to be blow off, once the face has blow off the brick will continue to erode.

I won't recommend using common or general facing bricks, nor would i use this type of brick to build such a base for a customer as I would not guarantee it and I think in 5 years time you'll wish you hadn't.

The only brick I would use is a none porous brick, A class 2 ENGINEERING BRICK red or blue.

assuming your husband is laying 2 courses, which would make the height of the base 150mm or 6 inches the top course would need to be a solid engineering brick. And these are not so easy to lay as general bricks, but are the only bricks I would be happy to use for a customers job.

also Berghill and Mark Talbot comments above are spot on by saying the brick base needs to be squared and double check the dimensions because 8x6 is really 8'3x6'4.

strawberry runners

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 16:36

thx sotongeoff. 10 monty don points for you.

strawberry runners

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 15:21

I have a trival question for you all, on radio 2 the other I heard a gentlemen phone in and ask "if strawberry plants are cultivated from runners what are the seeds for and is it possible to grow plants from the seeds?"

But I missed the experts answer, can anyone here answer the question?

Carniverous Plants

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 15:11

thx for the info alina, I'm new to all this gardening so learning as I go along, many thx for the advice.

Carniverous Plants

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 13:13
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Just picked up 3 of these for 40p each from a local shop - thought I would give them a try as some thing different

My experience many years ago of venus fly traps is not good-probably playing with the traps is not what you are supposed to do.

These 3 are the small pitcher type and seem to be growing just in moss and in 2 inch pots-I know you are supposed to use rain water and keep them moist-has anybody got any other tips like repotting at any time?

They are going to be kept indoors.


I watch Beachgrove Garden a few weeks ago (BBC Scotland thursdays use your sky SEARCH to find it if your not in scotland) and they visited a Carniverous plant grower and he said "many people make the mistake of keeping Carniverous plants indoors, they are best kept outside as our climate is humid, they need to be kept damp and misted with rainwater regulary.

Had some venus fly traps myself which I kept indoors, I thought they died to friends and family coming around and poking them etc, but I now believe they died due to being kept indoors.

Hope this info that I have passed on to you helps and happy growing.

Dont forget Beachgrove Garden on BBC scotland thursday nights.



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