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do i need to buy a greenhouse

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 14:32
vic14 wrote (see)

Thanks for the advice everyone. I already have a small plastic one which gets quite full at times which is why ive spilled over into the shed slightly. I never thought that i would enjoy gardening as much as i do and didnt realise the amount of tools needed for the job!  

You've nearly answered your own question Vic!

In short, no you don't need a greenhouse to overwinter dahlias - just somewhere frost free. BUT - if you have found that you really enjoy gardening & are starting to struggle for space in a mini greenhouse and starting to use the shed as one - well I can only think that a proper full size greenhouse will increase your enjoyment many times over.

It is, however, a fairly major purchase - especially if you start putting down a decent base, installing electricity and buying lots of accessories. It is worth doing a lot of homework to find the right size & construction for your needs & pocket as well as working out the best site for access & sun etc. Lots of free advice available from the forum as you know & we're all getting a bit bored now winter is approaching so plenty of time to share our experiences!!

As a first off from me - I would say go for the biggest one you can accommodate without spoiling the look of your garden, consider installing electric so you can operate propagators & thermo controlled heaters and try to get a water supply next to it or nearby so you are not walking miles to water plants (a filled water butt is fine - doesn't need to be mains). Also make sure you can walk round the outside to clean or possibly repair it.


PS - We've all made loads of mistake along the way - that's why we don't laugh at anybody else's


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 13:37
Edd wrote (see)

Just been for a walk and came across a fully laden fruit tree that i have not seen since i was a kid. I only know it by its ugly name 'Dog's A**e Fruit' 

Can anyone remember what its true name is please.

.... I think they might be 'medlars' Edd. Apparently they make very nice jelly. Don't think I've ever seen one. 

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:35

I shall shortly be swimming to my gates to open them so poor old postie doesn't have to stand in the rain fiddling with the bolts. Incredibly wet in Suffolk.

.... and it just got worse as I'm typing. Expect garage floor to get wet - again 

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:12
Verdun wrote (see)

See that whizz kid in the paper today?  Not yet 6 but designing his own computers (Windows. based, of course ) and just passed Microsoft exam.  Handy to have him live locally....he could repair my computer for a bag of sweets 

My Apple products have never needed a repair, so I can eat my sweeties myself ...

Sorry, Verdun - couldn't resist xx 

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Fruitcake - I so agree that front-line and lower management administrators in the NHS get a raw deal & are often unfairly criticised for things beyond their control.

I worked for 6 years in the NHS as a pen-pusher. The levels of frustration for both clinicians and 'pen-pushers' was incredibly high even then (20 years ago).

I left (to move down here) just as 'they' announced that all level 3 and below clerical staff would have to reapply for their jobs. In my particular office we knew that the number of positions available was being reduced from 6 to 4. We knew that (at best) 2 of our friends and colleagues would be out of a job & that 4 people would be doing the work of 6. That is not conducive to a good and happy working environment.

They also liked to employ people on 30hr pw contracts (over 5 days) simply because they only paid for 30 hrs pw but they knew that people would probably do the extra 30 to 45 mins each day it took to actually do the job, for no pay - simply because they were nice people & didn't want to leave colleagues and patients in the lurch. I think that is a cynical & unacceptable approach to man management.

The NHS only functions as well as it does because of the sheer good will & 'niceness' of the majority of staff it employs (both clinicians and pen pushers). If everybody worked to rule it would grind to a halt in less than a week.

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 20:57
So frustrating for you Fidget - been there, had that T-shirt and I know a lot of our Forum friends are going through the same thing. No easy answer I'm afraid ....

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 20:04
You know what? I think the worst thing with all this, is that NOBODY at the front line of delivering primary health care can do ANYTHING about this except apologise. Everybody - to quite high levels of management & administration - can see the sheer stupidity & waste of valuable resources this type of scenario (repeated time & again up & down the country) entails.
As p'doc says those on the frontline are as frustrated as those on the receiving end - I don't really know what the answer is - I suspect nobody does. Depressing but true. Hard to see when a solution will come to the fore.
Rant over....

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 21:40

I have to agree that Apple stuff is expensive & not with out a few glitches BUT - I know loads of people who have migrated from PC's & Windows to Macs (Apple) & would not switch back.

I do not know anybody who has opted to switch from Macs to PC.

After several frustrating years of running PC's & Windows & having to do all that stuff of defragmenting discs / running anti-virus / doing scans & not always being sure of what I was doing when putting on new software, I switched to Apple.

Everything just works - it's easy & usually very intuitive. There are occasional glitches but these are usually solved by simply rebooting the computer. There is usually a solution on-line to other more difficult problems (can't think of any just now) and the tech guys in any of the Apple stores are really good at helping you sort out problems with hardware and software as well as just showing you how to do things.

I think the after care is also pretty good. As far as I am aware Apple are still supporting old operating systems that people have chosen to stick with for whatever reason. The last 2 operating system upgrades (equivalent of going from XP to Windows 7 or 8) have been free. About 2 years ago there was a world wide recall of all iMacs of a certain age because a degradation problem was detected on the hard discs & there was a risk of failure. Consequently I got a brand new hard disc on my 4 year old machine. I know several people running really old macs with no problems at all.

Security & software updates come through regularly and are very, very easy to install. The computer works overnight (abt 3am I'm told) doing the equivalent of defragmenting every night so the hard disc doesn't get chugged up like a PC does.

My OH was very sceptical & quite derisory when I announced I wanted to switch to an iMac. He now has an iPhone, an iPad and a macbook - 'nuff said - he's converted.

Sorry if I sound like an Apple sales person (I'm not!) but I really love the products & find they make life much easier - yes, you are paying for style & the name but it is also a good product.


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:48

'scuse manners - afternoon Panda 



Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:46
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Well done DD   But no more than we expected. 

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Well done, knew you would. I'm open 17th May, so hopefully can come and see yours, but we are going to Suffolk in July.

  I'm likely to be spending quite a bit of time in Suffolk in July  .... if you've nothing better to do one day we might meet up for a coffee or something .... but of course, if you have other arrangements that is quite understandable


I could suggest some very nice places to visit in Suffolk - all involve food, gardens or plants - several combine all 3 ..... 

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