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* Red Dahlia *

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Absolutely gutted - feel cheated

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 09:09

Thanks. Just very disappointed and gutted I bought 6 large bags at a cost of 34 pounds!!!!

Absolutely gutted - feel cheated

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:36

After a lovely time growing seeds, getting ready to pot on and feeling thoroughly proud. I decided about a month ago to kick on and pot up. So off I go and potted up everything. 

The compost started to form green crust on the top, despite watering from below with cap-matting. 

It seems that the compost had been sat in flood water flast winter  at the garden centre and was sodden, hence it being so heavy when I bought it. The plants just arent seeming to be kicking on. Not only am I extremely unhappy with the compost as it seems to hold water badly but feel cheated by the garden centre. 


Wgat should I doo, stick with the plants as they look ok but slow. Or get them set out. 

The cap matting hands started to form white mould, even though I haven't watered for an age! Shall I put them out to harden off??

I have gazania, dahlia, marigold and cosmos! 

Make do and mend

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:26

I use the green plastic poles and connectors from old plastic greenhouse with a cane through sides to make a cloche then throw the pest netting over. When the greens grow up I put the smaller green poles in the top of the plastic parts and move the canes up so gives me nearly a foot more headroom for my greens!

Rudabeckia Green Wizard

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 22:34

Thanks all. 


Lyn, do you mean take cuttings or divide from root?? Sorry maybe just me being daft!!

Rudabeckia Green Wizard

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 21:25

i have a rudabeckia that came to nothing last year. But this year it's already looking bushy and lovely. I like this plant and want to know how to split, take cuttings or do I take seed. What is the best way to create an insurance policy or two?? 

When and how to feed

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:14

On it. Making eyes aNd hinting that compost is the new bouquet of flowers to show love! do you think I still need to keep them In the greenhouse??

When and how to feed

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 14:37

They are in 9cm at the mo. you think pot on again. Just struggling for room, my tom's are desperately seeking compost aNd buckets! 

Stinking hellebore -advice

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 14:34

planting the sourced old Barrow with last years trailing fuschia and a bush for the centre!! 

Stinking hellebore -advice

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 00:07

been furtling all day. Had a great day sorting out, planting carrots and buying more perennials. Lets hope tomorrow brings more furtling!!


established 2ltr pots of perennials £1.50. What a bargain. I'm lucky to have found a garden enthusiast in the next village with links to suppliers!!

Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 22:58

Sorry no clue but a proper gardener like verdun will no doubt know!!

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