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Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:38

To be fair he didn't say he wanted tropical plants, he said he wanted to give his garden a more tropical/holiday feel. The two are very different, clearly he's not going to build the eden project in his back garden, but there are many tropical looking plants which are hardy and will give the feel he's looking for.

Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:33

I always think crocosmia and kniphofia together give a very tropical look, it what are very hardy plants. 

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:05

One thing i've noticed having just done my growbags, is that growbag compost seems to be much better than the multipurpose stuff, and it's actually a similar price, although there never seems to be multibuy offers on it. The original 33l levington growbags were 2.49, compared to most multi purposes at 60l at around 5-6 quid, although you usually get a 3rd free if buying two. But as has been said the quality of the multipurposes is generally terrible. I've tried JAB, New Horizon (which was ok but not half as good as last years), Verve, non of them were nice, all had plastic in, and lumps of wood. 

The best compost i've bought this year was the new horizon vegetable compost for the raised veg beds, but again no deals on that. So it seems to me if you want decent stuff you're better off paying extra and getting veg products, as these seem to have less rubbish in (i wonder if there are rules about rubbish content for veg use??).

I think generally the only decent use of multipurpose now is mulch.

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.

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