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Expensive perennial plug plants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:47

They only time i ever buy them is when they are "free" so basically the 48 plugs for a fiver type offers. 

The best ones i've gotten are the recent 48 lavenders offer, these are probably the strongest little plants i've had from T&M. I've got a stoney bank to plant so they will eventually go in there, probably after a year in the greenhouse though. 

Many of the offers though are daft, as they usually contain things that are so easy to grow from seed (foxgloves, echinecea etc) that you'd be better off germinating your own on a windowsil. 

Must admit i fell for the plum poppies T&M are selling recently but only because i had a fiver off voucher, like everything else they are tiny, but as i have a greenhouse they will be ok. They really should say they all need to be overwintered in at least  a cold frame though as without a greenhouse or coldframe you'd have no chance. 


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:54

Thanks italophile, we do what we can, i think when you get to 85 at his stage the little things can brighten your day. I've just sowed a load of wallflowers for him, as he loves them too, something which took me 10 minutes will brighten his days unmeasurably


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:50

Actually that's not a bad idea, can always plant them out in some containters and just see what they produce, if they don't ripen can always make green tomato chutney! Other than that been trying to give them away to anyone i know hehe.


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:28

How many cherry tomatoes would you expect a single plant to produce in a greenhouse, 2x per growbag in ring culture? I've got gardeners delight, black cherry and tigarella.

I've started sticking mine in the growbags as i'm running out of bench space in the greenhouse. I'm trying to decide of a couple of each plants will be fine for me and the wife (6 plants total).

I've clearly got alot more than that.. some are going to my grandads as he loves gardening and used to grow tomatoes in his greenhouse, but having altzeimers now he can't raise them from seed as he forgets what he's doing, but we're hoping he can manage the greenhouse watering of the ones i'm growing for him. Anyway I still have at least 4 or so spare plants of each type, but i don't think i have room for them in my greenhouse, once the cucumbers/peppers/melons get setup!


Growing melons in a greenhouse

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:52

Having just started planting out my tomatoes into their ring cultures in growbags, my melon (edonis) seedlings will be ready to be planted in a couple of weeks (got 2 large leaves now). 

The question i have is what is the best way to grow them, up a string like cucumbers supporting the fruit in nets. Or i seem to remember my grandad just grew them on ground in a growbag, but i might be mistaken it was a long time ago! 

I've a plan for my cucumbers and cucamelons which will be stringed from the roof,c ourgettes a squashes will be going outside in a raised bed. The other option for the melons might be to grow them in a growbag/pot raised up on the staing and let them sprawl around on that? I can even keep a tray of water underneath the staging to increase humidity around the melons.



Ranunculus aconitifolius

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:47


There you go, might not be available now, but worth asking them as with the late season the endapril deadline may have been pushed back.

Plant of the centenary

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 22:05

At least all the nominations have stood the test of time and proved themselves to be good at what they do. Not convinced some of the more recent choices will still be around in many years time.. well not my perrenial foxglove at least which went into the compost bin today well the dead remains of it anyway.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:53

The seeds are available from a few sites T&M etc.

Chilli and Pepper plants.

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:39

I'm growing the pepper "tasty grill", chilli "numex twilight" and chilli "pinochios nose" mine about the same size as yours at the moment. I'm currently moving into the greenhouse during the day, and back into the house at night. It's just too cold for them at the moment. 

Chillis are one of those plants that take forever to get going, then once they do they produce fruit readily, just wish we could get the temp up a bit.. 10  during the day and 3 at night just doesn't cut it!

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:45

While we're on this subject is it just me or are perrenial plant supports insanely expensive? I wanted about a dozen to dot around the garden for things like phlox etc... down the garden centre they were 5 quid each for a bit of plastic! That's more expensive than the plants, just seems a bit crazy to me..

Does anyone have any tips of other things you can use/recycle to do the job? If i'm going to spend 60 quid down the garden centre i'd rather do it on plants!

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