“The Tardis” or Greenhouse, Autumn Ready

We’ve finished working on the greenhouse structure, it’s been cleaned, oiled and bombed, the floor has been repainted and the staging re-erected, I took half of it out in April to make room for the tomatoes and aubergines but need it over the autumn, winter and spring seasons.

This morning I cleaned the heated propagator and put it back in position at the far end of the

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Harvest and Store Stuttgarter Onions

I harvested these around the middle of August having planted the sets at the end of February. They were kept on drying racks in the garage for 3 weeks as the weather was too varied to leave them to dry outside on the soil. There was around 90% success rate from the sets. Yesterday I decided to plait them and Continue reading “Harvest and Store Stuttgarter Onions”

Greenhouse Bombed

Not literally of course but figuratively in that we used a sulphur candle to clear away unwanted pests. But I’m ahead of myself, let me explain.
We bought the greenhouse 2 years past in February and it hasn’t been properly cleaned or had any maintenance done to it since. So a few hours yesterday and today were given over to this.

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The Continuing Story of Pig Trough Gardening – Part 2

I’m sorry to tell you that the pig feeder as a garden trough failed because it had no drainage holes in the bottom. Random Thoughts, an engineer in the USA, kindly commented suggesting that I use a piece of cloth as a wick to draw the water out of the bottom of the trough and it did, but a bit too slowly, so the trough became waterlogged. Look at this:-

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Pig Trough Gardening

I visited our local auction house T W Gaze last week¬†looking for some plants, however in the Deadstock Meadow sale I saw a pig trough aka a pig feeder. Made from cast iron it is very heavy yet I wondered if I could make it do duty as a plant pot. These are sometimes referred to as Mexican hats and you can see why. Continue reading “Pig Trough Gardening”

Making Steel Plants Supports

My borders are looking messy as the tall plants; verbena, achillea, tall asters, crocosmia “Lucifer” and so on have grown so high that they are falling over under the weight of their flowers. I don’t like this look so searched the internet for hoop type plant supports. I wanted them sturdy so opted for 6 mm mild steel and I didn’t want the plastic coated type as I find they rust and the plastic becomes unsightly. Continue reading “Making Steel Plants Supports”

Buddleia/Buddleja aka Butterfly Bush

This is not my favourite plant however I was given one, unidentified, by a neighbour and bought one for a few pennies, unintentionally, in a job lot of perennials at my local auction house. This one, Buddleia Davidii Nanho Blue is Continue reading “Buddleia/Buddleja aka Butterfly Bush”