Discussion in 'Fruit and Veg Gardening' started by Zigs, Jun 27, 2022.
Getting some good picking this year after the slugs ate everything last year
Nice! Congratulations on getting fruit and berries.
That is a marvellous cage.
Thank you good people
We bought a second hand tunnel from a nursery that was closing down and split it into 2 tunnels...
The netted one...
And the polythene covered one...
Got our fern collection at the back of the netted tunnel
And halfway down, is potato
Looks great @Zigs
Great set up Zigs. I like your fern collection.
Great tunnels. Those are super-dooper.
Congrats on that acquisition.
Thank you everyone
I bet it would keep deer and birds away, too!
Not got deer around but we do have loads of rabbits now
Looking good Zigs!
Your two hoop houses look great. How do things get pollinated in those?
The polythene covered one mainly has cacti in, and some resident hoverflies that feed off the calendrinia flowers in there.
The netted tunnel is a bit of a problem, I leave the door open till the fruit is nearly ripe but the bees didn't go much further than the Redcurrant bush by the door. Bushes at the back have hardly got any fruit on them.
Next spring we're going to try some helebore plants in pots placed along the path in the middle. These are covered in bees and flies very early in the year so might encourage polinators further into the tunnel?
Zigs, check with Sojerd who is the ultimate beekeeper, for the truth of this. We found, when keeping bees, they would not go into a covered area. Not into the barn, not into the workshop and not under the canopy over the patio. I don't know, but think, that being in a covered area disorients their "path finding" and confuses them.
Ii get pollinators into my greenhouse all the time. It seems if there is something blooming they will come in. I have openings here and there so they can get in and out.
Of course if there is an opening for bees, aphids can also use it. I plant African marigolds in there and do not get aphids. It could be coincidence, but who knows.
Some professional growers actually hire my colleagues to place a hive in their greenhouses to pollinate their veg and fruit. One can also buy small colonies of bumblebees for this purpose.
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