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Growing in Greenhouses & Polytunnels / Re: Sunken greenhouse
« Last post by Rhys on Today at 22:23 »

When I moved into my present house there was a 6x6 greenhouse that was 6inches below the soil and path level, when it rained heavily, 6inches or so of water!

Ps, he was an engineer by profession!


So he was clever in the fact he designed a self-watering greenhouse  ::) :lol:
General Gardening / Re: Echinacea Cuttings
« Last post by pottylotty1 on Today at 22:18 »
Cheers Newshoot
Grow Your Own / Re: Compost Tea Trials - Can You Help?
« Last post by jambop on Today at 22:02 »
The problem with testing a product such as this in a garden situation is the physical conditions ... they are going to be different from one location to another. So you need to conduct the experiment on the same site and study the results... but that only means that in the growing conditions at that one site the product achieved a certain result which could be entirely different at another site with different conditions. In short just because it may work in one set of conditions it may not in a different set. However if somebody who takes the time to do this thinks it works for them then why not do it... just do not promote the product as a universal solution to feeding plants. One thing that I think could be a problem is over watering plants in an effort to feed them... why not just let them have the compost and let the rain and occasional watering leach the nutrients to the plant roots ?
Grow Your Own / Re: Cat-facing in tomatoes
« Last post by trunk monkey on Today at 21:55 »
Thanks mumofstig and yes they are a tasty tomato. I apologise for the spelling but we do not have much call for Italian in South Yorkshire. :wacko: My next question what causes the megablooms or is it just a characteristic of the variety? Thanks again Trunky
Slow Cookers might heat it too much while running, even on the lowest setting. If you have an accurate thermometer, see how close to 40C the peak temperature with a decent amount of water in the Slow Cooker gets.

If you warmed up the whole Slow Cooker with water in it, turned it off, waited till it was down to about 40C and then placed pots of yogurt in, it may retain enough heat with the lid on to work long enough - a bit like the insulated EasiYo containers do.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by oldgrunge on Today at 21:21 »
Roamin' Through The Gloamin' ( With Forty Thousand Headmen On My Trail) - Traffic
Equipment Shed / Re: Telescopic Fruit Pickers
« Last post by Yorkie on Today at 21:15 »
Excellent, glad you're pleased with it!
Grow Your Own / Re: Compost Tea Trials - Can You Help?
« Last post by victoria park on Today at 20:51 »
It all sounds like the latest fad with must have books and more essential products to buy at the end of it. It also seems rather more complicated than it need be for the assumed minimal benefit.
Over the years, my method has had much of organic practice, permaculture, no dig, sustainable philosophy, low air miles/oil products, whatever,  at it's core. Not 100%, but pretty close. The methodology doesn't need to sell products, it needs to convince people of sustainable natural methods with simple ingredients available for free on our plots, and few commercial interests at it's core. And keep away from the scientific jargon which is the sort of thing Bayer, Doff etc use, be it true or not.
Having said that,   :)  manufactured organic chicken manure pellets were sent by the gods to us small growers. I can't keep hens, and worry about current manure aminopyralid problems, so I allow myself to import the pellets onto the plot, 15, maybe 20kg a year. I also get a fair old supply of free woodchip from local tree surgeons, and a bit of winter storm seaweed, so that helps to.
Grow Your Own / Re: Cat-facing in tomatoes
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 20:30 »
We got a sharp stiletto saw/knife a few years ago; it's great for cutting out the black bits and hard stuff on an ugly tom.

I always think carving a lovely tom like this is like carving anything meaty, and, they really are worth the effort...
Grow Your Own / Re: Growing Spuds in bags.
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 20:23 »
We keep the 'used' compost for carrots and other stuff, which we grow in buckets high up to avoid the dreaded carrot fly.
I'm sure there's an untapped market there somewhere Growster!  Sky-buckets?  :lol:

Great idea, Mogs!

For the record, I was over near you on Elmley Nature Reserve just recently!

An old chum runs this with his daughter and SIL, and what a fabulous place it all is! Marvellous experience of nature and wild life...

Marsh Harriers, and all sorts of rare birds just there for the looking!
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