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Posted: 19/09/2013 at 00:08

Can anyone suggest either a rose or clematis that could grow on a north easterly facing garage that is very much exposed to the wind as we live on top of hill with nothing around us.  I know I'm probably being a bit optimistic but the garage is so dark and dull that I would love it to be more colourful next year and no I can't paint it!

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

More Tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 07:26

I have grown Black Krim and have been very disappointed.  The taste is very good but every plant in both the greenhouse and polytunnel has been prone to splitting and other blemishes.  I've watered all the tomato plants, all 30 of them, 8 varieties in all, the same but they are the only one to split.  I do find that the cherry ones, Sungold in particularly give the best flavour.  I've grown Harbinger this year and am finding them a bit watery with little flavour.  A tomato called Sukura that we got as part of an offer from Fothergills I think have proved very good but may be a little on the small side although not a cherry.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 18:16

Thanks fidgetbones, given the distance of our greenhouse from the house, we would be entering small mortgage territory! I dare not think how much it would cost especially as you say the installation must be carried out by a qualified electrician.  Although electricity is probably the best option I just don't think it would be do-able unfortunately.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 10:41

Thanks waterbutts, a very reassuring reply.  The things I've read previously scared me completely off paraffin heaters.  Running costs hardly break the bank do they, especially if you compare it with electricity I should imagine.  I like the idea with the fleece as well. Much appreciated.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 09:27

Well September is here and thoughts are turning to heating the greenhouse.  First year we have owned a greenhouse (6x8) and we are unsure how to heat it for overwintering young and tender plants.  We do not have electricity going to it because it is too far away from the house.  I initially thought about paraffin but having a quick look at various websites it seems that they are not very popular for greenhouses because of sooting and expense of paraffin.  I guess the only other option is propane but really don't know.  I am guessing that bubble wrap alone would not be sufficient and how easy (or not) is it to use?  Also worried about ventilation which has been a bit of a problem over the summer.  We only have one automatic vent at the moment but will definitely be getting one for the other window before next summer.  Sorry if this is a silly question but really can't make a decision.  Thanks


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 06:25

I have only been using this forum for the past couple of months and have found it the most friendly by far, please don't go and spoil all that SD - there is no need to be rude, it isn't helpful to be intimidating and to think you know it all.  If people take the time to ask a question and need advice please be civil to them. 


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 11:05

Thanks waterbutts for you helpful response.  As far as the 'tainted' manure goes, apparently it was a herbiside that had been sprayed on pasture that the animals had eaten and then it had passed through them and into the manure.  It's coming to something when you can't even trust the manure you are using.  As you say its best to source it from someone you know and trust.  We live in a very rural location so I think I'll try to get on talking terms with the many horsemen and women who pass our door.


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:00

Had our garden for almost a year now so still getting used to bits and pieces but one thing for sure is that it is going to need tonnes of organic matter/compost this winter.

Although we have four compost bins, the amount we have in them at present is not even going to scratch the surface.  Does anyone have any advice on sourcing decent compost/manure for enriching the soil?  Also, when we moved in the veg patches were covered with black polythene which was brilliant for suppressing the weeds and keeping the soil warm which was a massive help at the start of the season.  The question is if we put a good covering of manure or compost over the surfaces in the autumn for overwintering, presumably we would be best not to cover it with polythene again.  

Sourcing the manure is a particularly worry since we heard about the RHS having serious problems with some of their manure  which contained a awful herbicide which wrecked their crops last year.  How can you be sure that your manure is good old fashioned stuff with no chemical nasties?   Any advice gratefully received.

Monty's white garden

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 08:47

Thanks Aliesh.  I bought some seeds at beginning of season, didn't do anything with them and was wondering when to.  I'm making a note now to sow them next month.  Can they be sown in trays/pots and planted out next spring?  Other than poppies I have never had any success direct sowing.

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:28

Only a guess but could it be a type of parasitic wasp?

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