Dunc

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  1. Link please!! Would be very interested to get some more info please! I've not been unhappy with my current one as its well built and has lasted, so good value if a bit initial outlay. I think a problem I'll have may be that the preservatives used now are far less effective than those used a few decades ago. I had most of the fences built with agri standard treated timber over 20 years ago when we moved in here and a few post are only just rotting (easy fix with concrete spur). The main boards are still completely sound an have never been re-treated. Bit thinner as the wasps slowly chew them away but that's it. My fencer reckons modern posts would not last 10 years, possibly not even 5!!!
  2. Up to you really depending on how 'nice' you want your plants to look? If its outside then the rotting pitcher probably will not cause any harm. If you cut it off then you'll loose all the flies inside to that point that are feeding your plants (but they're probably well fed by now anyway). I tend to remove once they get in the way of new pitchers coming up. In the greenhouse I'm a bit more careful as mould can spread easier so inside it'd probably have to be cut off.
  3. They're just full of food! Cut one off my outside plants yesterday and it was solid with flies almost 3/4 of the way up - didn't know there were so many flies around! New pitchers coming up now after all the rain. I wouldn't rush to split - I quite like to see big plants in big pots....
  4. I prefer wooden too. Just use a staple gun to fix up the bubble film each year and find a simple 30W tube heater enough to keep the frost out in all but the worst weather (have a 3kW fan heater IF needed too). Had my Alton now for 25 years and its not perfect anymore but only just starting to rot (just used some wood filler the last weekend to fill a hole in the top at one end). Don't think the increased frame size cuts much light out. Biggest issue is the increased cost of a wooden one - the replacement cost is a bit steep now!
  5. Hi, I'd agree with all comments so far! * The base - make it better than you think is needed. It may be there a long time. I didn't and layed what I thought was sufficient good (25 years ago) with paving slabs on top. Even so there has been some shift. * Go BIG!! I got a 13 by 8 and it's been too small for years. * Plan the power fully at build as it's much easier. I did do this and have never regretted - armoured cable, lights and multiple sockets. * I'd now lay a water pipe whilst you're digging for the cable unless all your growing is CPs. I ran auto watering more recently - it saves so much time watering once balanced and timed right. *Auto vents are a must unless you're around a lot. As much ventilation as you can make as well. Sometimes you can never have enough and often short on cheaper greenhouses. *Rainwater - you never have enough. I have 600 l storage in total and still ran dry earlier this year. Most of the time that's just about OK but it only takes a tap failure or a need to do a deep clean to compromise your reserves. *Think about shading in summer and insulation in winter - what you need depends on location, position and what you grow. It can get very hot in there in summer and small greenhouses can be worst. With all this - buy what you can afford and just ENJOY it!!
  6. Drosophyllum dying

    Not looking good but at least it looks like a couple of new leaves coming up! I've grown these countless times but always 'lost' them after a year or two. Trying again and tried growing outside as advised by the person who sent me the seeds. So far so good as I've a big pot with now about 10 plants growing. Rarely watered as the rain has been more than enough and they get sun for about 80% of the day. Yours look dry - where do you grow them? Have you had the recent high temperatures? Might be worth considering bigger pots too as I thought I've read they have long roots that go down a long way.
  7. How did everyone start??

    'Nicking' (I considered it rescuing) some VFTs from Asda back in the 1970s!! They only had a limited life as I didn't know what I was doing but I was hooked. Found the CPS in the early 1980s and with the knowledge of what to do to actually grow them it all started with a couple of window boxes of CPs somewhere around 1984. The rest, as they say, is history.....
  8. New Distiller Equipment

    The 'waste' water will be higher tds than the input but is fine for general watering. I didn't need any RO water today but wanted the ironing bottles filled (tap is 300 tds or so here) so ran for a few hours. Added tomatoe feed to the waste and fed in the g/h!
  9. My plants new home

    Agree with others - great for some sheltered space. Watch out for spare covers knocked down at the end of the season - they can often be 50% or less. If its in the sun you'll need one every couple of years as the plastic goes brittle quickly. Looks like you've got it well secured - I only ever used a few bricks and they never blew over.
  10. My plants new home

    The first of many greenhouses.......
  11. D. regia black leave tips

    BTW - I'd pot up into bigger pots too. Regia have quite big roots and your pots look a bit on the small size for such nice looking plants.
  12. D. regia black leave tips

    I think it's just heat and low humidity. I keep mine in the trays in water. The ones in the middle of other plants grow long unblackened leaves. Ones by themselves and so more exposed do this. They're an impressive but messy plant! Read that in the wild they grow in long grasses which maybe explains why but who wants a pot full of grass? If you want to prevent it try surrounding them with a few other CPs.
  13. Posted these results elsewhere but also relevant here. My water butt off my house roof is around 40 ppm. The roof is concrete tiles, probably the most common roofing. The water off my greenhouse read lower at around 15 ppm (glass roof). RO I can get down to 1 to 5 ppm whilst tap water here in North Hants can go over 300 ppm! All with calibrated and temperature compensated water meter. Really notice the water change when I head North.....
  14. Rain Rain Rain

    Just after I bought a RO system - peak rainfall was 175 mm/hr!!!
  15. Bug sprays?

    Bug Clear Ultra works for me too