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Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:20

Hello - my first time of growing green beans so soz in advnace for rather basic question.  The ones outside are being a little slow - but steady.  The ones in the greenhouse however have sprinted up!  What do I do now they have reached the tops of the canes supporting them?  Do I just snip off the ends, or wind the ends downwards to get even more growth?  Thanks in advance!

Polycarbonate/Glass Greenhouse

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 22:09

Hello, I was lucky enough to bag a great bargain on ebay.  Got a nearly new Robinsons from a lady who had bought a house but didn't want the incumbent greenhouse.  It's glass and I absolutely love it.  I got it in late autumn when a lot of folk are clearing out.  There were quite a few good ones on ebay at that time.  I did lots of research though and knew I either wanted a Robinsons or a Rhino.  Both very sturdy and well made.  I got lots of advice and concluded that paying a bit more for a good one saves money in the long run as the quality will repay with fewer repairs and hopefully better growing.  I failed to convince my other half that he'd like to dismantle and collect and re- erect the greenhouse but found a company that just does this and paid around £400 (but it was over 200 miles away). Did it in a day.  All in all I couldn't be happier with it.

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:52

Thanks Bob.  It's just that there are so many.  I'm a tad concerned they will effect the growth of my seeds.  I wish I knew if they were safe to eat but will definitely not take a chance there.  Where is Ray Mears when you need him?!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:40

Is that type of geranium called a cranes bill? Sorry, I'm still a beginner but thought it was....

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:39

Hi, just on the compost chat....I must have had a bag with mushroom seeds / spores / roots (not sure what to call them) needless to say I now have a raised trough full on the blighters.  Plucked them all out (or so I'd thought) yesterday only to come home to find hundreds more!  i posted on this and nut kindly advised they're nothing to worry about but the sheer number of them, and depth and thickness of the stems mean they are swamping my carrots and radish and they must surely be taking goodness from the soil.  I've only used j Arthur and murphys compost brands so one of them is under suspicion! Any one else had this problem?

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:01

Thanks Nutcutlet.  I'll leave them be then.  But it is like a mushroom party out there!

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:51

Hello! Does anyone know if mushrooms will be doing harm to my strawberies, carrot seedlings, radish and spring onions? I think they must have sprouted from the compost I used (arthur bowers).  There are loads of them and they have really long stems.  I'm a bit worried that they are taking good nutrients from the soil, and gulping up when I water.  I've tried pulling them out but I can't keep up with the little blighters!  I dug over the soil yesterday, and when I got home from work today you'd have thought I'd have sown miracle speed growing mushrooms! They are quick little sprouters!

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:26

They say the best things come to those who wait Woodgreen!  I'm banking on mine saving me some money; not because I'm growing things to eat, but because I don't want to go on holiday and miss out on my greenhouse time!  

Ooooh, and isn't it fab when it starts raining outside and you're all tucked up with the tomatoes?! 

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:54

How lovely reiver.  If you're anything like me the greenhouse will soon become your sanctuary.  Unfortunately I'm a long way off retirement, but I absolutely love popping in to my greenhouse first thing in the morning and as soon as I get in from work. A much welcome place for some peace and quiet away from computers, phones and meetings. Like woodgreen wonderboy, a radio is essential, as is a place for a cuppa. It's my first year of being a proud and happy owner.  I was wondering if courgettes and runner beans can be grown in one or do they do better outside?  Ooh and aubergines too.  Like you, I am guilty of overwatering.  

I reckon I can physically feel my stress levels drop when I step inside mine!  Love it!


Posted: 27/04/2013 at 18:25

Afternoon folks, is it ok to put my small tommy plants in my greenhouse bed or should they be kept in pots for a while? Thanks

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