Zoomer44


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Very Late Spuds Indeed!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:54

I was digging up spuds last week on the new plot wasn't sure how long they'd been there although they did look ok.

garlic spray

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:37

Split a couple of garlic bulbs, use a garlic crusher to crush the clovers into a big pan of water and boil until tend then sieve out the garlic. I add oliver oil to the fluid at this stage. Then store the fluid in plastic bottles until ready for use. I store in milk bottle cartons. 

I only have a small area to spray so use one of the smaller plastic sprayers which can be picked up from places like Wilko for a few £'s. If you've sieved the fluid garlic doesn't block up the nozzle when you spray.

Now I'm happy to be wrong but the garlic puts off snails and slugs, anphids breath through their skin and if there are any on your plants when you spray the olive oil coats their skin.

I start spraying mid to late March every few weeks. Then when I've made some seaweed feed, spray the plants with this instead of the garlic and mulch plants with the spent seaweed, it's a bit  but the smell actually goes quite quickly and seaweed dries black.         

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:14

I've sow pea's early onward on kitchen roll and shallots have been started in the GH.

start-of-a-weekly-blog

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 20:21

What a novel way to make a propagator, how much did it cost?  

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.

Lidl

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. 

 

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