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Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 09:11

Thanks everyone.  I'm so glad I'm not the only one Tracey-Newbie.  It's blowing a gale at the moment (but then I do live on top of a hill!) and keeps raining on and off.  Thinking if the wind drops a bit I might go and take some compost and pots and plant up some bulbs in the polytunnel, at least I'll stay dry which isn't easy at the moment is it?  At least by planting them up it gives them all a fighting chance doesn't it.  I'm feeling like I don't deserve any flowers this year since I neglected them but you never know for next year.  

Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 08:15

Am I the only person who buys bulbs in September fully intending to plant them up immediately and then doesn't get round to it - there is always a good reason, this year's is that the builders arrived and took over the garden with all their materials and equipment!

The thing is what can I do with the bulbs.  Some have started to shot, the vast majority of them look and feel healthy and I am loath to just throw them away.  Has anyone else been in this situation and managed to retrieve something?  Any help and suggestions would be gratefully received.  Please don't tell me off for not planting them, I know I have been very bad and I am feeling suitably guilty!!


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:21

Thanks Stacey and Fairygirl.  I must admit I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with ivy having been at the mercy of its distructive ways on more than one occasion!  I had not thought about climbing hydrangeas but Petiolaris does look really nice, does it have thuggish tendancies though? Also does it self climb or does it need wires?  I'm definitely going to investigate these as a possibility though so thanks very much for your suggestions.


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.

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