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Dec. 29th, 2006 @ 11:25 am Help! - Advice on keeping a plastic greenhouse upright needed.
I have a three tier plastic mini-greenhouse (very much like this one here). At the moment it's empty but once I start having to raise seedlings it should fill up. My problems is that the yard is a bit of a wind tunnel and it's spent much of this very blustery year on it's side. I've tried weighing down the bottom with quite heavy clay plant pots but all that happened was that the pots fell over with the greenhouse.

Anyone have a better idea? Any ideas? Will tying it between my two pieces of guttering help, or am I just risking knackering my guttering? I'm think that a 5l water bottle, filled, may be better ballast. I need to sort this out before it gets anything fragile in it.
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Oct. 26th, 2006 @ 10:54 pm Apologies if you're already aware of this...
The London Development Agency are planning to serve a compulsory purchase order on the Stratford allotments in London. The plan is to bulldoze them to make paths for the olympic village. More information here:

An online petition against this has been started here: http://petitionthem.com/default.asp?sect=sign&pet=3540.
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Jun. 29th, 2006 @ 08:20 pm Harvest help
I know it's too early to pick most of my crops but I'm going to need some help. I've not done any veg gardening before and I don't really know how to know when things are ready. oldbloke says he's pretty confident he'll know when the peas are ready to pick because his dad used to grow them, but otherwise I'm kind of playing it all by ear. Well, no, tomatoes I understand!

So, are there any books or websites out there that'll show me - show being the operative word - what things look like when they're ready to pick?

Everything in the garden's looking pretty good, although most of my brassicas appear to have succumbed to the slugs. I'm very excited about the idea of harvesting, but don't want to pick too early or wait too late!
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Jun. 14th, 2006 @ 01:06 pm Garden sale
Thompson and Morgan are having a one week half-price seed sale.



Ah, sorry if this isn't in the spirit of the community - tell me and I'll delete it if so. And sorry this is my first proper post. I have only just developed a garden I can grow stuff in, so seeds I can plant this time of year are of serious interest!

Here's my garden: www.flickr.com/photos/linzk425 - it would be a happier garden if slugs and snails didn't exist, but it's a pretty happy garden despite that!
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May. 29th, 2006 @ 01:45 pm (no subject)
I think it must be the cold that my aubergine and courgettes aren't so keen on, but I'm not sure.

I've been documenting this gardening project since I started earier in the year. It's all new to me, and I'm partly guessing what to do, so it might look a bit funny to more experienced and accomplished people. But hey, I'm having fun.
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May. 23rd, 2006 @ 07:22 pm Rain
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Has anyone elses lottie turned into a boggy mess with the recent downpourings? I do actually have some trenches down the sides of the lottie but still the main body squelches when you dig or walk on it. Some parts of it are under water. It had only just dried out from the winter. You wouldn't believe it was June in a week or so.
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May. 22nd, 2006 @ 10:46 am Hello and cherries
Hello, I just joined this community, looking for a UK gardening community, and it seemed the closest option. I don't have an allotment, but I've recently acquired a small garden, and I'm a beginner. My main interest in it is fruit and vegetables. Am I in the right place? Is this community functioning?

If so, I planted a young cherry tree early in the year. It's now quite leafy but there've been no flowers at all. I suspect it's because it's still settling in, but I'm slightly concerned I might have inadvertantly neglected to do something important. I've fed it a couple of times with a general plant food (the packet says it's fine for fruit trees among other things).
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Feb. 14th, 2006 @ 08:40 pm (no subject)
Hi i was just wondering if some people could answer some questions for me?

1. How long have you had your allotment?
2. What first encouraged you to get an allotment?
3. What do you like to grow on your allotment?
4. Do you have any tips for beginner growers?

Thanks for your time. x
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Jan. 15th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm planting seeds
I'm hoping that someone here can help me out... I have tried (unsuccessfully) in the past to grow some herbs from a packet of seeds using a propogator(?) inside. We don't have a garden, just a concrete yard, so anything I do eventually get going will need to be in pots. But I digress, I could do with some tips such as how do I know when to transfer the seedlings into another pot, last time after I had tried potting them they all seemed to die off. The kitchen window gets sun all day (south facing) and it can feel somewhat like a greenhouse during the summer in there. Is this the wrong sort of place to grow them? Should they be in direct sunlight or in a more shady spot? At the moment I'm looking at having some pots of herbs and salad leaves growing by the summer so any hints or links to websites that can help would be great!

I hope this has made sense to someone. Thanks.
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where is the cow
Dec. 22nd, 2005 @ 02:02 pm Calaloo Seeds?
Does anyone have any? Are you willing to trade any for some other seeds?
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