Latest posts by Zoomer44

What's your day been like?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 22:13

I've been on a training day at work but found time to ring the delivery service, the gardening order hadn't yet been dispatched back to the company so I've asked them to keep it before first asking if I'd be charged for storage then told them the company had been contacted and I was waiting for a reply...not received an e-mail yet.

...and it's rained most of the day...I've had better days...

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 21:29

Chicky. They grow well from seeds. I grow from seed and also saved tubers.Can't say I've noticed alot of difference between the two.

What's your day been like?

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 13:40

It's not the company, it's the deliver service they've used, very inflexible. I've ordered stuff from the company before and found them excellent for value and quality.   

Before I name and shame, was going to call the delivery company again on Monday when they open to ask again if they will leave said items in the GH but they may have already returned the order.. 

cleaning a greenhouse

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 11:53

I usually use hot soapy water with a touch of bleach in and try to do it twice a year in the autumn and again in the Spring before it starts filling up with seedlings. The soapy water gets rinsed off with a power spray. Never had any major infestations and haven't used a sulphur candle.

I also wash down the potting bench and wash all my pots.  

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 23:33

Good for you Perki, I really struggled with my GH during the build, had to take it down first and then rebuild it in a new home as it was second hand...but onward and upward...happy growing... 

What's your day been like?

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 20:38

After tracking a garden order, I waited in half the morning for the delivery, then mid morning went to have my hair done leaving the neighbour on full alert for the delivery. Was ever so disappointed when it didn't arrive so contacted the delivery service, they want to charge an extra £12 to deliver on Saturday making delivery costs £17.99......and they could not give a day or time next week when they can deliver...not a happy bunny......have just e-mailed the company to say how disappointed I am, the order is on it's way back and hope this can be resolved as I really have enjoyed shopping with them.

On a more positive note it's been blue skies here in the NW. Received an e-mail to say I'm on an allotment list of only 5/6 people...and spoke to another and am being considering for a shared allotment...   

Spud fairs...

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 19:54

little-ann - all three have just gone on my places to visit, I'd heard of the one in Beetham but not visited, all within a short drive too.. Do you like wildlife, Brookholes is a good place to visit, there are walks round the reserve. but we are going right off topic now...  

I'm the nurseries will all sell spuds though... 

Spud fairs...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 22:07

little-ann - you must mean the one on Ashton Road, the book sections well worth a look in and the cafe sells nice cakes. There are two nursery/farm shops just past Garstang on A6 which maybe worth a look in when next in the area. 

I like Hayes GC in Ambleside

Fungus spray for seedings

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 21:48

Clueless - Think I may have watched the programme. The spray was used on hosta's in the garden to repel slugs and snails, not to prevent damping off. 

Haven't got a spray recipe but vermisculite helps prevent damping off, a thin layer on sowed seeds allows light in for germination but will help prevent the stems from getting to wet/moist when they germinate by absorbing excessive moisture which it then releases as the compost dries. Watering from underneath also helps to prevent damping off, and you'll know when to stop watering because when vermisculte becomes saturated it changes colour and will be darker.

When potting up new seedlings you don't need to cover all the compost in the pot just ensure vermisculite is around the stem.

Garlic spray however is ever so effective for detering slugs and snails if started early, in March, before the little critters start appearing

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 20:50

Sarcoccoca another good one, not so sure about honeysuckle Verdun,  I have trouble growing honeysuckle in the back garden so don't hold up much hope for the front  

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