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garden-used-to-be-tarmac

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:59

 My main path and patio is tarmac. If the tarmac has been laid properly there will be hard core underneath and checking whats under the hard core could prove difficult, so you may need to take your chances with your soil type but the good news is most soil types can be improved by feeding it with a good compost.

Double digging in well rotted hourse muck or mushroom compost will improve the soil whether clay or stony. Then putting on a surface mulch regularly will feed the soil.          

I took up a concrete garage base before putting down turf for a lawn and then several years later turned part over for my first veg bed. There was very little life under the concrete, no worms but fortunately although stony ground the soil was fairly good stuff. I double dug in well rotted horse muck for the veg beds in the Autumn before planting in Spring.  

In another part of the garden I discovered clay under the top soil after taking up slate which had laid there for years on a weed membrane. After a double digging of mushroom compost the flowers have thrived and because of the clay that part of the garden retains water well when we get the sun.        

Regarding electric cables I would have thought they would be near the surface and in some sort of protective covering. Are you expecting to find cables? 

fruitless-veg

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 21:59

Bulb fennel isn't easy to grow it needs lots of sunlight and plenty of water for the bulbs to bulk out.

tomato-plants-o

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 00:35

Ditto KEF.

Although I've not been growing as long as you, I've taken Italophile's adivse for a couple of years now and my plants this year are buckling under the weight of the crop. All fruiting at least a month earlier than last year, I'm every so pleased as they'll hopefully continue now until me thinks the end of September, early October

advice-on-how-to-choose-a-lean-to-polycarbonate-grow-house

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 21:13

Although space is limited hct. I'd buy the biggest one you can afford and will fit in the space. If on a budget the pastic four shelved grow houses are fab. They've a tendency to get blown over in Winter but if weighted down or tied to something solid are fine. The covers do eventually perish but are cheap to replace.

Moving up market you could get an aluminum or wooden framed grow house. Aluminium needs little up keep but wood, would need to be treated every so often.

Then there's glass or polycarbonate. A few pointers to consider, polycarbonate is probably safer if small children frequent your garden.

Now I'm happy to be wrong with the following pointers as I have a glass GH and haven't used  polycarbonate...but one lets in more light and glass is less likely to get scratched when being washed, you'll need to wash it at least once a year, probably twice, in the Autumn and again in the Spring, me also thinks one retains heat better, not sure which though, I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell us.

  

danger-is-in-the-garden

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:46

jatnikapyar. Widgets are balls found in cans of larger to make them froth when opened. Not sure if they still put them in the can as I saved mine a couple of years back. They come with a hole in and off course, you need to drink the beer first before you can get at the widget.

Having a bar-be-cue and supplying the beer is the quickest way to collect them. A good time is had by all and you have a good supply of widgets 

advice-on-how-to-choose-a-lean-to-polycarbonate-grow-house

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 21:25

Hi,

A store on line...'Greenfingers.com' have a really good sale on at present and sell small grow houses and lean too's at reasonable prices. Check them out and if there's anything you think will suit, post back. I'm sure posters will be able to tell you the pro's and con's for each type.

danger-is-in-the-garden

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 02:09

Widgets fit snuggly ontop of canes, and if you drill a few more holes in them they can be used as the joints for netting cages

advice-on-how-to-choose-a-lean-to-polycarbonate-grow-house

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 22:52

Hi, happycottontail,

I'd recommend a four shelved plastic grow house, it's ideal for growing seedlings and the shelves can be removed if you wan to grow toms.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:22

Over cast all morning, sun got out in the afternoon so it was nice and warm.

I'm away in September and by the time I get back alot of stuff is dying back so started to tidy up the garden and GH. Emptied some pots ready for bulb planting and if the weather's good tomorrow was going to plant up a new strawberry patch.

Four new varieties were introduced to the patch this year and I grew white strawberries for the first time. The plan is to have strawberries from May through to late July/early August.    

palaisglide

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 20:40

Jo. They do random checks were I work, don't know how, so there's little chance of sneaking online.

   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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