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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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Do these grow through plants?

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