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Sowing Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:33

I've got a large wildflower border i want to add some large ornamental grasses to, i've got some seed packets and plan to sow them soon in the greenhouse. 

I was wondering what the best way to do it, by instinct you would think multiple seeds per cell tray/pot, but not sure if this is right? If so how many seeds per say 3" cell of a tray?


I've got:

purple pheasants tail - Anemanthele lessoniana

Swtich Grass - Panicum virgatum

Pennisetum villosum 'Cream Falls'

Pennisetum macrourum 'Tail Feathers' 



Posted: 15/04/2013 at 15:33

I dug a lot up from my grandads garden last year as he is overrun with them, and they survived fine. 

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 15:26

Tip for foxgloves, don't sow all your seeds this year. They are biennials, so they won't flower this year, but will next, then they should self seed, but those won't flower for a year, so you'll have a year gap (if that riddle made sense)..

Therefore so half seeds this year, and do the same again next year so you have both 1 and 2 year old plants in the garden. After that they should get their own flowering/seeding cycle going.

Under trampoline plants?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:42

Can't remember who's garden it was, but i once saw on a TV gardening show someone had sunken the trampoline into the garden so it was at grass level. I'd imagine it's alot of work though!

Is it me?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 17:01

Personally i'm looking forward to the the scottish program starting next sunday, as living up north it'll be useful for me, as GW seems to be a little southern centric, with alot of the weekly jobs being at least a month ahead of what's possible up here. 

Personally i'd love to see GW specifically for Veg/food, there is a great interest in grow your own, and really deserves more than 5 mins a week on GW.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 16:17

We've actually got a solar water heater on the house, it works surprisingly well. Even in the middle of winter if if the temp is -5 outside as soon as the sun comes out you start getting plenty of hot water generated. 

Problem with a greenhouse heater based on solar i guess is when you really need it you won't have solar power, ie cold wet, dark winter months. As unlike solar leccy, we don't seem to get much when it's dull.

In the summer you'll have to watch overheating, as the water litterally just keeps getting hotter and hotter very fast. Our boiler has a safety trip but the temp in the pannel can very quickly hit boiling once the tank is hot.

Sweet pepper seed germination - epic failure!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:31

i planted tomatos, peppers, chillis and cucumbers on my windowsill about 3 weeks ago, the tomatos are up and just getting their true leaves, the peppers (tasty grill) have just started to germinate no leaf yet but i can see they have split and the root is emerging, no sign of the chillis or cucumber yet. It's just been too cold even on the windowsill it's not really got much above 17 degrees yet. I purposefully didn't sow them all though so if no joy in a week or so i'll sow some more.


Posted: 25/03/2013 at 13:21

at least this crazy biting wind has dried the ground out a bit up here in newcastle.

Need Bees This Year!

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:49

You could also look for something like Red Valerian and aquilegia as they flower for months and months.

The key seems to be having flowers available as early as possible, so things like mahonia are also usefull there, flowering from nov-march.


PS Red Valerian is dead easy to grow from cuttings, so if you see one growing in a verge just stop and take some

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 11:59

I really can't believe no one has come up with a suitable "green" solution for greenhouse heating. 

Solar i get, it would only work during the day when the greenhouse is "heated" anyway.

However you'd think you could charge some kind of battery during the day to run a small tubular heater off during the night.

Then again wind would seem the most obvious, if you can get a small wind turbine to run the leccy in a caravan you'd have thought someone would have made one for a greenhouse heater, must be an obvious reason why no one has done this but i don't see it!

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