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Buying plants on line

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 20:29

I like to see what I'm buying so tend to lean towards GC's and nursey's. There's quite a few near here, all within 30 mile radius and most of the large GC's sell so much more than plants.

I like the GC Christmas displays so they get a visit now and return visit in the sales if I've seen anything I like.

Always check out the nearly dead section too now, sometimes you can pick up nice pots cheaper with nearly dead plants in than if the pots were empty and if the plants survive with a little TLC it's a bonus.

Also like the free offers with GW where you just pay P & P.   

Greenhouse size?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 22:35

Depends how reasonable the price is.

I have a 6 by 8 GH and it came free. There really isn't room in my garden for anything larger but in the spring I also need a 4 shelved plastic GH to fit in everything I want to grow.

I started off growing toms but this year grew chillies, peppers, toms, cues and aubergines along with veg started off in modules and have now moved onto flowers. I've only had the GH 3yrs   If you already think it's too small chances are it is.

seaweed

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 21:56

I use seaweed in all manners of ways. When fresh from the beach it's used as a mulch in pots, it dries out quickly, goes black and doesn't smell. I cut it up so it goes further as some of my pots are quite small.

I've also dug it into veg beds and into the GH bed, tomartoes love it, as do potatoes. Depending on the weather it breaks down fairly quickly.

You can also make a liquid feed from seaweed. I tie up a couple of bags, punch holes in the bags and immerse in water for about six weeks. It can then be bottled up and diluted down with water whenready to use. I use it on stuff you would usually use tom feed on. 

The soggy stuff left in the bags does smell but spread on your beds and dug in stops it smelling and enriches the soil. 

You can also use the liquid as an organic spray against slugs and snails but need to start spraying about March time before any infestations set in. It may even deter other pests. I don't think it kills pests, just puts them off eating the stuff sprayed.           

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 18:09

Over cast  and cold here, it rained in the night but has been rain free all day. I've been mopping up a flood in the basement. No real damage, it looks like water has come up through a drain and as the floor isn't level couldn't flow back down.

The new window over the basement in the front garden is so new looking it's putting the paint work at the front to shame, if a bucket of hot soapy water doesn't show improvements, then I've another item on the 'jobs to do list' this winter...painting.

Talkback: Growing gooseberries

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 17:34

 If sawfly have been a problem this year, you may find eggs and chrysalises have dropped into the surrounding soil ready to hatch next year.  Carefully clear away any fallen leaves and gently dig over the soil surrounding your bush, this should destroy most eggs and chrysalises, you don't need to dig too deep they'll be near the surface.

If you decide to spray next year it's more effective to spray before the first sign, in about April. 

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 17:12

Well done you, a big pat on the back from Zoomer.

 Mine eventually all went down to browning leaves and blight,two of the bags are still by the shed, but with all the rain it's unlikely there's anything edible in them.

Is this your first time at Christmas spuds.

siting compost near greenhouse?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 16:56

Mine's near the GH, I've had no problems.

Hard wood cuttings...

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 13:00

The GH it is then, with perlite as a mix in the compost and the patience to wait  till the plants root

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 20:32

Fingers crossed Jo. I've just remembered a guy is coming to replace the sky light window to the basement in the front garden tomorrow morning. I'll feel ever so guilty if it starts raining before he's finished and I'm inside warm and dry, once it's off he'll need to finish it, can't have the basement getting flooded.   

Hard wood cuttings...

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 20:18

I'm still not sure where to put them. I don't have a cold frame, would it be the same leaving them in the GH.

I could always take some more cuttings this weekend and put one lot in the GH, the other outside in a sheltered spot.  Haven't used any grit in the compost either would perlite do the same job.

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