Latest posts by Teenrbee

Plug Plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 12:52

Thanks punkdoc for the answer about Parasene, it's made my mind up.  I hadn't thought the heat/condensation/moisture thing through so thanks for that point.  I think I will just risk it with a fleece at the ready to cover on those particularly frosty nights.  The greenhouse is contained within a beech hedge 'room' in the garden so it isn't quite as exposed as the rest of the garden.

Plug Plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 08:37

Thanks Verdun, I'll get the fleece at the ready, got a feeling we might be in for a hard winter this year, since last year was pretty mild here.  Have you or anyone else had any experience with Parascene heaters.  I keep thinking about getting some non-electric heating for the greenhouse but keep getting scared off with stories of greenhouses covered in soot, also worried about fumes as well.  Any thoughts?  Just wish I could win the lottery so I could afford to run some electricity down to the greenhouse/polytunnel.

Plug Plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 00:07

I bought some T & M mixed perennial plug plants in the spring, potted them on and didn't get round to planting them out.  They have grown on beautifully on a bench outside but I now want to overwinter them until next spring to give them a fighting chance against the rabbits. I notice that T & M are doing their offer again and am tempted to buy more because they are great little plants.  Question is how should I overwinter them (both this year's and any new ones which will be tiny).  Would they be alright in an unheated polytunnel or unheated greenhouse?  Both are too far away from house to run electricity to them.  They are hardy perennials but I didn't know if they would be too vunerable to frost because they are in 5" pots.  Any answers gratefully received. Thanks.

Green Manure

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 07:41

Can anyone tell me if it is worth growing a green manure on the veg plot over winter.  We generally give the plot a dig over and then cover with black polythene to keep the weeds down and warmth in but are wondering whether it might be beneficial to try a green manure this year.  A few questions, are germination rates fairly good, is the crop easy to deal with when it has done it's work and does it break down easily when it has been dug in and also would it be possible to use a tiller to break it down/turn it in?  Any replies would be gratefully received. Thanks.

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 19:01

Agree Jo47, a dog's breed instinct will always out, although i didn't think mine were bred to run around with pants or socks in their mouths!

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 17:21

Thanks everyone, yes it's nature and you don't live in the country if you don't want to interact with the wildlife but it does spoil the excitement of planting or trying to grow anything.  Yes our PBGV is a sweetie and a 'character' 1 1/2 years old but bosses our 10 year old Basset Fauve around terribly.  When she caught the rabbit she would not give it up and stayed out in the garden, under a hedge until well after dark. As far as repellents goes, I wondered if that would be the case Dovefromabove, and presumably you would have to reapply after rain.  It seems two ways to go, learn to live with it or get someone to net them, surrounded by plenty of helpful farmers so it might be an option, although I would have to go out while they do it.  Yes I do have a foot in both camps - fluffy bunnies and gardening - I can't help it!

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 08:29

We seem to have a worse than usual rabbit problem this year.  French beans, runner beans and more flowering plants than I care to mention have all been ruined by them. Veg patch is fenced all the way around, sufficiently we thought, haha!  We have two French hounds, different breeds but both breeds used in France for hunting rabbits.  Our youngest, a Petit Basset Griffon Vandeen has already caught a young rabbit and whilst this is one less rabbit eating our garden, we would prefer to drive the rabbits out humanely.  I am a bit scared to let the dogs out in the garden now because I cannot deal with the potential carnage!  We are surrounded by open farmland so appreciate we are at a major disadvantage but if anyone has any suggestions.  Re-fencing the whole garden is not really an option - too big and too expensive.  Any repellents?  Many thanks.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:17

Thanks for your replies Welshonion and Blue Onion.  We have planted them in a block as usual. Never had a problem like this with sweetcorn before, last year they were eaten by, we think either a deer or a badger that got into the garden judging by the devastation caused in one night And just when we were planning to harvest the next day, typical.  We didn't realise that about pollination, just really relied on the wind and an odd shake before! Really great tip, will definitely be paying more attention next year. Thanks again.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:29

We have grown some bought-in sweetcorn this year, the only thing that has grown with any vigour and hasn't been attached by rabbits and mice (yet!).  The tassels have been brown for a couple of weeks now and we've been testing for ripeness.  They just don't seem to be ripening and those that are, have patches throughout the cob where the kernals are small and totally unripened.  The cobs are smaller than usual and some plants have a secondary small cob near the main one.  Any ideas what the problem may be? They are on free draining soil and have been very well watered and grown in the usual block formation. Thanks in anticipation.

Screening neighbour's ugly extension

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:51

Unfortunately our garden borders two sides of the extension and the third side is very visible from another part of our garden, there really is no way of escaping it.  Unfortunately it is two storey and looks like a cross between a giant shed and a children's play fort!  I think wood can look good on buildings but this one has been poorly designed and just looks plain wrong on a Victorian cottage.  I seriously suspect that if the Planners saw how it actually looks built, they would have had second thoughts of passing the plans in the first place.

Trellis and climbers unfortunately won't go anywhere near screening it, if it had been single storey we just wouldn't really have a problem with it.  I think mature trees or large shrubs are the only way to go.

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