Latest posts by Zoomer44

Homemade seed Packets

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 00:18

...the posting was answered in January 2013 by a number of posters and whilst the enduring gardener does appear to be good reading...why the link to T&M at the bottom of the page...

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 22:12

...and they are likely to fail without being planted in ericaceous compost...

I grow them in pots in the back garden...I'm happy to be wrong but if you want to grow them on an allotment the best chance they have is to be planted in wide bottom less pots filled with ericaceous compost, the pot will allow them to draw up moisture from the soil and they'll draw nutrients from the compost. Later in the year a mulch of pine needles or possible leaf mulch willl help...if they take.

...and new plants shouldn't be pruned in the first two years, this allows them to put on growth.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:57

The past couple of years I've found compost variable and bordering on very poor from a number of different places ranging from stores to GC's, containing nails, plastic and bits of garden fences.

If there isn't a bag of compost already split, when buying bigger bags I ask to split the bag to check the contents. Me thinks, if the shop has confidence in their products, they should be happy to let you see what's inside. Only ever done it with the intention of buying at least 3 bags though and take my chances with grow bags, but now initially just buy one, if it's good quality go back and buy more.    

Murphy's seems to be consistantly good.    

Ooops! My bad!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:30

I like Morrisons for plants, sounds like you got a bargin too

Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:20

BB take a picture of the GH before dismantling from each side or draw on paper each side putting in where the metal frame is, it's easier to put back together then.

I'd be inclined to replace the nuts/bolts and clips, depending on age some may break and others could be rusted making for a weak structure when you rebuild. 

Transporting the glass laid flat is tricky, glass should really be stood up, don't pile to many on top of each other and seperate each one with an old sheet. I broke quite a lot of panes because there were to many on each pile and buying individual sheets of glass to fit can work out as much as the cost of your GH. Mine was free, the glass cost £100, I ended up purchasing a pack, which was far to many but have spare panes now and have cut some of it in half to make cloches.

Good luck 

Secure Garden Shed

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:01

Is all that security necessary and worth the cost for what you plan to store in there. 


Greenhouse Table/Shelving

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 21:52

Took the words right out of my mouth Duncan and homebase or similar stores do a light wood book case, which when stained with the stuff you can paint fences with are ideal for putting trays of seedlings on, at a squeeze you can fit three trays on each shelf. Can't remember the cost but they are less than £30 may even by less than £20.

If you get the taller book case it can be sawn in half and the shelves then fit on your potting bench .  


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 21:33

Thanks Duncan and a happy birthday to Mrs G on the 6th.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 22:16

I made a raised bed and two gates for the allotment yesterday out of 2 pallets and still have 6 left for a compost area.

Good look with the project Garden girl. You might find the hardest part is breaking up the pallets, they don't come apart easy but were there's a will, there's a way

Egg Shells

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:24

 What a lot of replies Tracey...haven't had time to read them all but replying to your first Q, if the shell has been cracked in half for frying, baking etc I just rinse the two halves in water under the tap and put them in a plastic container in the kitchen, they dry in a few day's, them crunch up... when the container gets full, I put the lid on and store in shed ready for use. 

For hard boiled eggs, providing it's just the skin and shell...that goes into the plastic container too...egg shells don't do your soil harm... it's good to recycle and adds small amounts of calcium. I tend to use shells just in pots though or the GH beds.

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