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Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 10:01

Well, that's me told ???


I'll take a leaf from all of you and stop worrying about ads, but maybe cancel my subscription and read it in the library to save the paper waste.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:07

Just re-posting the page numbers that are 100% ads because in my browser half of them on my post above are hidden in the margin (by a Laithwaites ad, for the record






Plus several inserts.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:00

I am happy for them to make a profit, after all, I pay money each month to read the magazine. I just feel taken advantage of because SO many of the pages this month are full page ads. I feel like they must have lost real content to make space for ads.

Dovefromabove makes a good point about who pays for the website, but I think there is maybe BBC money and subscription money, and revenue from the online ads you see all over the website, and I don't mind SOME ads in the magazine, in fact the plant offers can sometimes be very informative, but there are just too many this month... They are being greedy and taking advantage. Profit I am happy with, gouging I am not.

There is literally a full page of ads on the following pages in July:

2,13,16,18,20,23,25,29,30,31,39,40,45,48,51,52,53,59,64,67,73,74,78,82,83,84,86,90,94,100,103,109,115,116,117,118,120,130,135,137-153,155, plus all of the inserts. And we pay to buy it as well!

Seriously, how much profit do they need to make? Look at the page numbers above fellow readers. We deserve better than this, don't we?

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 11:28

Hi gang, maybe I just never noticed, but I got July's edition today and there are so many full page ads that it is genuinely hampering my enjoyment of it. I was wondering if any of you out there subscribe, and if you feel the same way?

I plan to dig out a year old edition and do an actual comparison. Like I said, maybe I am imagining things, so I really hope some of you will chime in and if they are over-doing things with the ads then maybe we can get them to pay attention...

black opal tomato plant

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 21:01

Mine has suddenly taken a turn for the worst... Drooping leaves and flower buds dropping off. Any suggestions? All other tomatoes have been treated the same way but are flourishing. I am at a loss.

Talkback: Plants for green roofs with soil depth 100mm

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 23:51
I don't have a green roof, but what I do have is a back garden that my partner had previously "landscaped" with nothing but gravel and paving stones, that I use the same way. By raking back the gravel and adding a small amount of potting compost mixed with gravel and sand, then re-covering with the clean gravel, I have created an extremely shallow bed. The gravel holds heat and a tiny bit of moisture, and although I can't plant it too thickly, we have had a great display of Livingstone Daisy (reared in the greenhouse and planted out as seedlings), and both Californian Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and normal field poppies scatter sown. Some self sown pansies and violas are also creeping in, and this year the real success story has been Lysimachia monelli/Anagallis monelli/Blue Pimpernel, also transplanted. You suggest that the Cal. Poppies flower May-June, but if you either leave some seedpods on your earliest plants to self sow, or scatter new seeds in July, they will keep going until it frosts. It is September and not only are some of mine sown in May still going after being cut back, but, but seeds self sown by the ones I didn't cut back have germinated and are starting to flower. The gravel keeps them warmer at night so I get a longer season, and they seem to come back very reliably, even after a hard winter.

I would offer 2 tips: (1) Don't assume "green" means to cover every scrap of space with a plant, and (2) scatter seeds and see what comes up. Your conditions are going to make more difference that what it says on the packet.

Need Help Identifying Poundland Tomatoes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 22:30


I bought a multi-pack of seeds from Poundland last year because I wanted the different basil varieties in the pack. I ignored the tomatoes until I had extra room this year, when I decided to grow some in pots (following the "little soil, regular liquid feed" technique featured on the "Gardener's Wold" program). The packet gave no information other than "Tomato Cerise: The smallest variety", with a picture of a cherry tomatoes, which made me think they were going to be dwarf plants.

They are now about 4' tall and growing like crazy, clearly NOT dwarf! It is worth noting that I had a fantastic rate of germination, and that all of the seedlings have been strong and healthy from day one. Hooray for £1 seeds! I've been feeding at least once a week with tomato specific feed and have little green tomatoes starting to swell on the plants.

My problem is that I have no idea what sort they are. They do seem to be cherry tomatoes, but I don't know if they are vine/cordon, or bush. This is a problem because I had been treating them as cordon and pinching out the side shoots (per the instructions in June's magazine), but now I'm worried they might actually be bush plants and I might be killing off fruiting side shoots. I missed one shoot and it seems to have buds developing on it.

Please let me know what you think, and feel free to offer any advice. There are FOUR plants in this pot (I know that is crowded, but I thought they were going to be dwarf/basket plants). They started to teeter in the pot so I put up some supports, but I think they would be able to support themselves fairly well if not in pots.



Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 00:34

Ryan, maybe step one is working out your market, and step two is figuring out what they want to buy. What about doing a "grow it with your kids" type kit? So many children don't get a chance to garden anymore, I think parents and grandparents would like the fun/semi-educational gift, and there are great plants that you can grow on a windowsill. My first suggestion would be Eschscholzia as it grows so very quickly in next to no soil. Maybe that's not the best plant out there, but it's hard to beat for growing fast, looking good, and not resenting being neglected.

Maybe do a themed "fairy" garden with a sort of miniature wildflower mix, or a "dinosaur" garden with foliage plants?

Flowers on the Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 00:24

We let ours flower all the time and it is very happy. It is inside, so it never got pollinated and threw up several flower spikes over about 5 months during this last, long summer. We did not notice any change in the behavior of the plant, the rate of growth and die back of the little chompy bits (I believe that is the technical name) has been the same. We also let another of our carnivorous plants flower, a sun dew, and it is also happy and healthy.

I suggest an internet image search and you'll see what the flowers look like. Our venus fly trap put up white flowers softly tinged with pink, and the sun dew put up small pink trumpets.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 20:08

This is slightly off topic, but I tried to grow wild flowers this year with very little success, and plenty of money wasted on seed mix that I just wan't happy with (my fault for buying the cheap stuff). Then today I visited the Bangor Castle Walled Garden (Britain in Bloom finalist) and they had several absolutely amazing wildflower displays that I still can't get over, and similar displays in beds and roundabouts through the town. I was able to speak to the staff and they told me that the seeds are just scatter-rake-water and done. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to mention brands, but they told me they the used "Moles Seeds" "sow to grow mixes", but they also have mixes for specific planting conditions. I can't wait to try this next year, cheap and huge impact!

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Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Is it just me, or is every third page suddenly an ad? 
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Talkback: Plants for green roofs with soil depth 100mm

I don't have a green roof, but what I do have is a back garden that my partner had previously "landscaped" with nothing but gravel and pavin... 
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Need Help Identifying Poundland Tomatoes

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Is it too late to improve drainage?

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