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by Monika
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Greenhouse anchoring?
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Greenhouse anchoring?

Our greenhouse shed was very exposed to winds and we buried 2m poles on two opposing corners, 1m in the ground and 1m to screw the shed to them above ground. That certainly kept the shed upright and on the ground when others on the site were blown over. I realise fixing a greenhouse to poles would b...
by Monika
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Horse manure
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Horse manure

I agree with that, OH and robo. We had problems on the allotment a few years ago, so now that we need far less manure for our vegetable patch at home, I buy the bagged ORGANIC manure at the local garden centre - better safe than sorry.
by Monika
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Down and Dirty.
Replies: 16
Views: 656

Re: Down and Dirty.

I do feel a right wimp when I have to confess to always wearing gloves when gardening, either 'proper' gardening gloves for jobs like pruning, weeding or planing out, rubber gloves with cheap woolly gloves inside for very wet jobs and thin disposable gloves for pricking out or thinning. The only job...
by Monika
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 101
Views: 3446

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

The winter flowering heathers in our neighbour's garden are absolutely covered with excited honey bees today!
by Monika
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday! But how old are you?
by Monika
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Cleaning Plastic Plant Labels
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: Cleaning Plastic Plant Labels

I always used to clean my white plastic labels but found that after a season out in wind and weather, especially in the sunshine, they became so brittle that they just fell to pieces the second year. The strange thing is that the free more flexible labels which come with the DT Brown seeds last long...
by Monika
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 101
Views: 3446

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

I had a large order with DT Brown, including seeds of course but also a heavy net-covered tunnel and other netting, and everything was P&P free! Saw the first honey bee today, a wren was singing and a great potted woodpecker drummed. Much more important, though: the garden is tidy at last and th...
by Monika
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 101
Views: 3446

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

If you actually see the cats, a well-aimed water pistol tends to keep them away, Even surprising them with a loud hissing sound frightens them off. But all of that is of course only successful if you can actually see them in your garden. Are you sure it is cats? We get visits from a sparrowhawk who ...
by Monika
Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 101
Views: 3446

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

I know I am a bit late at the party, but I only just read your good news, OH. Keep it up (NO pun intended!)! It's exceedingly stormy here today, but the first irises are flowering in the garden and the species crocus are showing their colours. Spring must be on its way, barring lots more frost and s...
by Monika
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Hurst Greenshaft v. Alderman
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Hurst Greenshaft v. Alderman

Geoff and OH, Hurst Greenshaft it will be then. It has always done well for us.
by Monika
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rose Bushes.
Replies: 9
Views: 193

Re: Rose Bushes.

Our primroses and snowdrops are in full flower and the first species crocus are showing their colour, too. I have been very daring and cut our buddleias and long rosa rugosa hedge (there were quite a few new shoots on them as well), so I am hoping for not too hard frosts to come. This morning I hear...
by Monika
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Hurst Greenshaft v. Alderman
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Hurst Greenshaft v. Alderman

I am trying to decide which pea variety to sow in a narrow, short bed (approx. 2 1/2 ' x 9'), against a west facing house wall. I obviously want to get as many peas as possible from a small site. Hurst Greenshaft have always been my 'go to' variety but would I get many more peas off the much taller ...
by Monika
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Short brassicas
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Short brassicas

Interesting post about the height of kalettes, Westi. I also found in the past that the green ones always appeared to be stronger plants and more prolific than the purply red ones.
by Monika
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Short brassicas
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Short brassicas

I really wanted to grow flower sprouts/kalettes but the are too tall of my intended structure, so I have now decided on dwarf kale and short calabrese with a few kohlrabi round the outside. 'Normal' kale would be taller than 1m, growing in the ground, I would think, elmigo.
by Monika
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 11
Views: 338

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Diane!

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