Latest posts by Welshonion

Can laburnum poison other plants?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 00:36
Let that be a lesson to you, Rough Gardener, never take the say-so of one gardener. You lost a lovely tree for no good reason.

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:40
You mention 5 ft beds. IMO that's too wide. The whole point of raised beds is that you don't walk on them and at 4 ft it is easier to reach into the middle from the sides to tend the plants, weed and sow.

??70 seems a bit OTT. Are you sure you are growing crops that are that valuable? Our last bed was constructed from old scaffolding planks at ??7 each.

But you're right the cost of suitable soil is high.

blanket weed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:33
Watercress? If it is happy it will fill the pond, seeding and layering.

Dismantling a wooden glasshouse

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:33
We have dismantled and re-built our wooden greenhouse four times. It is quite a simple job if it is the right kind of greenhouse.

Is it from a commercial firm like Alton? If so your task will be simpler.

Do not remove the glass unless you have to. If it is a branded greenhouse you can move each section with the glass in. Which will make rebuilding simpler.

Your first move is to go round every bolt and apply oil. Not WD40, it is not suitable. Use 3in1 or somesuch. Leave for at least one day.

I have lots of further tips, but I see little point in writing them out if the greenhouse is not a branded one but a bespoke one constructed by a carpenter on site.

Work out before you start how many panes you will have to replace. You are bound to break some.

blanket weed

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:53
Blanket weed will be the least of your problems if you put in watercress!


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:21
We had quite a different experience when we bought a bed from a firm near Cardiff where they hand-made the bed and delivered it over 80 miles away.

We were so pleased we have since bought another bed and two separate mattresses from them. They kept to delivery dates and delivery charges were minimal as they were coming west anyway.

Dawn Chorus

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:14
There is progress in the evenings too. In December the enormous flocks of starlings go off to roost at 4 o'clock. Last week they were going over at 5 o'clock.

Taking a cutting from a wisteria?

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 11:18
If you are growing a 'layer' the whippy shoot has to remain attached to the parent until it has its own roots and it can be separated.

Taking a cutting from a wisteria?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:32
The best wisteria are grafted, aren't they? If you grow from cuttings will they have vigour?


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:52
They are for sale in the shops, so go ahead and chit them. Keep them in the light, not dark, and keep them cool but frost-free. Do not rub off all the shoots, but be careful with them so they don't get knocked off..

They are called maincrop, because that is what they are. They will stay in the ground much longer and they will take you through many months if you have enough. Earlies are for eating as soon as they are big enough; with loads of butter!

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