Adam Young

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Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:52

Fleabane? It's a pretty pink - white daisy, very airy, self seeds freely, can cope with being trodden on and is low on height, though I don't know if it needs sunshine. Also, wouldn't some geraniums survive? They seem to pop up everywhere. One other plant that loves a crack in paving is Echium Vulgare Blue Bedder - the bees absolutely love it. I grew 3 plants in my very small front garden and thought I'd got them out before seeding - I was wrong, as my neighbour can testify! Just as well he appreciated them growing through the paving and path, and just about everywhere else. Hope this helps.

Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 13:16

Hi Wildcosmos, I've recently moved to a new home and the garden has needed a lot of work, but like yours, it's long and narrow. I don't know if you're looking to just fill a border, in which case what I'm about to write will be useless, but have you thought about a very small tree for planting two thirds of the way down on the lawn? I only ask, as the problem with a long narrow garden is that the eye has a long, long, way to focus and the sides can be blurred in the peripheral part of the eyes vision. Also, having a border down one side can look a bit lopsided. A small tree would help catch the eyes attention, break up the distance of a long garden and give the illusion of a wider garden. I know in mine I'm going to have a couple of acers either side of one another near the fence lines and one ahead, just to break the shape of the garden up. To give you an idea, my garden is about 70ish foot by 18 foot.

Which greenhouse?

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 10:08

Looking back, though glass is better as a long term option, I'd have to agree with Pauline, that based on your use of a greenhouse, a polycarb one will be a much better deal. Polycarb is definitely a better option on the cheaper range as you don't have to worry about the dangers of standard horticultural glass. That said, if you feel you might regret not going bigger and more expensive incase the greenhouse bug bites, then I'd go with a 3mm thick saftey glass greenhouse everytime.

Which greenhouse?

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 13:07

Have found whilst researching that polycarbonate greenhouses deteriate with age, so could potentially be more expensive in the long run, as will poly tunnels. That said, if you're not planning to live at your premise for a long period, then it might be worth getting a cheaper poly tunnel or polycarbonate greenhouse as you can simply dispose of it and buy another one at a later date.

With regards to glass breaking easily, I understand that that's a genuine concern where money is not available, so standard horticultural glass is provided, but I've got mine from greenhouse direct (Rhino harvester) and it has come with 4mm, single pane, strengthened safety glass. The idea being, that if it were to break, which would take some doing even at 3mm thick, it will shatter like modern car and bus windows, into tiny granular like pieces. This does cost, but that said, I'm in for the long haul and think that with 25 years of guarantee as standard, it's worth it. Again though, if I were going to move in 3 - 5 years time, I'd go polycarb everytime as it's just not worth the hassle of having to dismantle and re-build. There is one obvious downside to this thinking, and that's environmentally, it's very much a disposable method and I can see why many would think this senseless.


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 13:27

Wow, I must say as a very regular user of T&M that I have always found them to not just be good with issues/problems/complaints, but exceptional, for instance, please accept our apologies, replacement plants and a money off voucher for good measure.

I think we can bacome a bit to obsessed with following growing advice to the detriment of common sense and trial and error. In my 3 years of ordering potatoes from T&M, having the same delivery time as yourself, I have never had any issues, but I have had good crops! As stated, simply pop them in an egg box, I cram mine in, and plant when you want to. It's really not that big an issue, they'll grow on just fine. In fact, last year was so wet, that I had them in egg boxes for 4 months before they were planted out, which yes, I know is not good practise, but point is, they grew and I've still got stored potatoes now.

There is of course one other thing that could have been done, or at least could be done in the future, and that's to order later, so they arrive more or less when you want them.

Try Lady Christl, their amazing.

Design of my wood greenhouse

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 16:30

Wow, very impressive!!

I love the fact that through use of the greenhouse (though should actually be called a house) you have managed to fine tune things and make more efficient use of it. It's very practical and everything added has obviously been from going to do something and finding a solution to make it easier in the future, somthing a kit form could never provide.

Potted Lilly Companions Please

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 15:35

Hello all,

I want to grow some Lillies in a pot, but as beautiful as they are, I'm always left a bit flat once flowered, as they kick a lot of wow for only a short space of time. I don't really want to have a flower pot taken up for just a month or so's flowering.

Has anyone planted other plants in with their Lillies? And, if so, what ones? I want to maximise the floral time and could do without my pots looking empty for 10 months of the year. Is there anything I can put in that will flower for longer, giving a longer season of interest, that the Lillies will then grow through?

Advice needed.

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 17:15

If iut's wet, then could you go for some Astibes? Like others have said, won't be much room in a few years time with all those shrubs. Maybe you could get some ground covering plants, such as Geraniums, which will grow through things and cover the bare ground while the shrubs get established. Could also try some cheap seed growing annuals for quick cover. Cerinthe Major Shrimp is a great plant that will give some body for a period of time.

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 16:12

Also, good shout on ordering a Thompson and Morgan catalogue.

Cosmos', Osteospermums, Nemesia's, Mimulus', Cerinthe Major, Echium Vulgare Blue Bedder,  Venidium Cape Daisies, Lobelias, etc, etc. These are some of my favourite annuals and the bees love the Cerinthe and Echium, though, do be ruthless in getting rid of seedlings of both, as they spread everywhere. 

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 15:55

Hi Yvonne Parsons2,

First off, better to ask and be a fool for a minute, than not ask and be a fool for life, so don't worry about being a 'newbie' no one's born a 'gardener.'

2 books to recommend - Greenhouse expert by Dr DG hessayon, and RHS Growing under Glass by Kenneth Beckett - Both are extremely good books. I didn't know a thing last year, but have read the books, and re-read them, and am now ordering a greenhouse and know exactly what I want and can achieve.

I've decided to go all out and get the Bio Green jumbo propagator with water trays and capillary matting. It comes with a thermostat, which means you can keep a constant temperature, though it may be worth putting a min-max temp thermometer in there just to check the soil temperature is as required.

If you want to heat a greenhouse (I don't know costs of running as haven't got mine yet) I would suggest buying a thermostat that your heater plugs into, assuming it's electric. This will shut it off once at the desired temperature and switch on when too cold. As I've mentioned, I don't know how much it costs to run a greenhouse, but everyone keeps saying expensive. A thermostat should be a given me thinks.

Going back to propagator, the Bio Green one comes with a polypropylene zip up case, which means heat is contained. This should also keep the price of heating down. It's over a meter long so can grow tons if you get the right trays. As people have said though, don't sow too early, as the light levels will lead to long, spindly plants, with the first true leaves a meter in the air if you're not careful with heat and light levels.

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