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Latest posts by Zoomer44

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  

Spud fairs...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 20:40

 little-ann, It's at The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. It's not a big fair though 4 to 5 varieties tops of salad, 1st, 2nd and main crop spuds.

It's within walking distance for me but unless you planned to do something else in the area you'd be disappointed if travelling from Lakeland South just for the spud fair. A fair sounds good but grand this one isn't,  it's abit like an old bring and buy sale, you'd get round the Lancaster one 5 to 10 mins. Some of the bigger fairs offer 90 or more varieties, so wouldn't recommend you travelled any distance just for the Lancaster one.

The fair was advertised on the internet but now the date is advertised in the local paper the week before, sometime in January on a Saturday. I look to buy old varieties and then do a recci of the GC's and nursery's in the area after the fair. The date hasn't appeared yet.

How to store main crop seed potatoes

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 19:34

I agree with landgirl but whilst keeping them in a place which is frost free make sure the place is not to warm either, heat will encourage them to think it's nearly planting out time and they could grow long and spinderly when you want short shoots.

I keep mine in the spare bedroom, out of direct sun light, so not on the window ledge, where it can get quite warm in the sun, even on winter days and turn the radiator off. 

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:41

Thanks Patsy, just checked out Mahonia and am quite taken by it, very seasonal, cuttings would make a nice table decoration at Christmas and it flowers from November to March.

 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1126
Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1189
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1147
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
Replies: 10    Views: 537
Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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