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28/02/2013 at 23:54

How are things growing in your garden in the month of March,  what tips and hints can you pass on to others.

01/03/2013 at 00:19
Hey, not there just yet rainjustlearning.....but I think you've started another good thread. Got some primroses to go in tomorrow, a camelia and another hellebore. Tips? See what gaps exist in your spring garden and what can be added to it. Get that winter pruning started. Garden centres are now selling perennials in 9 cm pots. They are cheap and full of vigour. Pot up and pot up again as soon as you can to keep them growing fast....you will have big plants to put into your garden in late spring to flower this summer.
01/03/2013 at 07:26

First things first, I have to go out and airate the lawn and order a new lawnmower (since my shed was broken into on new years and my old mower got stolen). 

01/03/2013 at 07:31
Morning

Well things are always slower here than some places but shoots , buds, leaves all appearing . been re doing a bed and swapping dormant plants around , creating spaces but part of the fun.
01/03/2013 at 07:33
Dave , thought you were have the bike version mower
01/03/2013 at 07:44

lol, no bunny, that was just a joke

01/03/2013 at 07:45
;)
01/03/2013 at 09:23
Hi, just weeds at the moment. Have inherited a very derelict garden front and back. Tidied it up a bit last year but have lots of tired shrubs to take out and rosa rugosas that have sprung up all over. Ouch! Have been ordering lots of seeds. Will be interesting to see how many of them survive the slug invasion this year.
01/03/2013 at 09:33
You will get there bad_kitty , bit at a time
01/03/2013 at 14:43

at the moment its hellebors wild primroses,colembine and all the daffs but most of all its the creeping buttercup aaaaaag

01/03/2013 at 15:21

Just started on my veg beds. all are raised - one I have put manure in and loosened the soil, one I have compressed ready for the brassicas

When tea finished am going to start putting rose fertiliser and manur round them.

01/03/2013 at 19:11

Well I've been constructive as I've brought one of my plastic GH's into the kitchen (I have the room) so I can set some seeds away as time is getting on and no sign of any warm weather yet so at the moment I have the following with about 15 more to go

Trailing Lobellia...................Crystal Palace

Evening Primrose................Yellow

Gerbera.............................Mixed

Erigeron.............................Blue Fairy

Cosmos............................Sensation Mixed

Himalayan Poppy...............Blue

Poppy Shirley Single..........Mixed

Poppy Oriental ...................Dwarf Allegro

Sunflower...........................Teddy Bear

Rudbeckia..........................Gloriosa

Have just counted another 22 packets waiting to be sown,  looks like I could have a very busy weekend,  ohh and I have 3 packets of hellebore seeds to come yet at this rate I shall have to bring the other little GH in or maybe just sow some direct in April or May.

01/03/2013 at 20:46

hi all i just bought two of those 4 tier plastic mini gh thought id have a go at growing my own plants as it cost me a fortune last year so need help,i know what to do with the seeds but do i leave the plastic covers open or shut and does it take a long time for the seeds to germinate help please

01/03/2013 at 22:27

Right chica,  1st off,  if you have them outside I would try and secure them to a wall or fence because they are so lightweight they will take off in the wind,  mine did so now i have them fastened to the wall as you can see.

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz184/rainjustlearning/Back%20garden%202010/IMG_0121.jpg

 leave the zip doors closed while the seeds are growing then when you have potted the seedlings on into bigger pots leave the doors open through the day then close at night as you need the heat still for them to grow, then as the days,  hopefully, get warmer and the plants get bigger you can leave the doors open all the time,  that's called "hardening off" I  do that for about 2 weeks then the plants are ready or should be to go in the ground,  I keep one up all year round and as you can see this one has tomatoes in then in late autumn I plant sweet peas so mine are in use 365 days.

01/03/2013 at 22:30

Forgot to say that most seeds say on the back of the packets how long it will take depending on the temperature that's why I brought one in as at the moment it's far to cold as the seeds need to be at least 15c - 18c to germinate.

01/03/2013 at 22:36

Well March is finally here and I'm...cautious.

I have fence posts and gravel boards sitting on my patio waiting to rebuild part of my fence that is wobbly. Next door is kindly helping with the heavy machinery and manpower but not until the frosts are over.

Luckily, the planting near the wobbly fence is mature enough to withstand heavy footprints or has been purposefully left fallow...for next year's planning I guess.

Although part of my 100ft garden is very mature, the rest is only recently cultivated so gaps are an issue. I've been seriously planning since 2010 so the saying "first year sleeps, second year creeps, third year leaps"  will be of relevance to me this year.

Of course I can't help moving things...my design flaw is that I can't really visualise until its growing in the ground, although I do learn from my mistakes, which is why I have spent the last six weeks meticulously planning my borders and am taking a delivery of some more landscaping materials at the end of this month to build two retaining walls and a paved area. I'm also heaping 18 bags of bark onto the soil as its thin and not yet as well nourished as I would like.

I wish I'd spent the last twenty years making compost, but I didn't. I've done a lot of things round the wrong way really, the hard landscaping seeming to go in last because I never used to have the money to make large orders, whereas a wee plant only cost a few quid.

01/03/2013 at 22:43
Wintersong ...I'm like you and am still learning, however on mentioning this to my mum , she said after 45years gardening in this garden I'm still learning, still make mistakes and still want to change things.
01/03/2013 at 22:46

That's half the fun of gardening Wintersong looking at what you put in one spot then deciding that maybe just maybe it might look better over there,  I find myself every year after it's all planted up thinking I could /should have put that plant there not there and now it's too late to move,  we are never satisfied at what we do in the garden that's what make's it fun.

02/03/2013 at 06:34

Love the colour of your acer Rainjustlearning, I agree with constant learning, Even if you consider yourself knowledgeable, there is always a handy tip to be gleened or someone with better knowledge. 

02/03/2013 at 09:42
Learn something new everyday and your day has not been wasted
Im always grateful for any tips
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