Latest posts by AndytheScientist

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:04

Still no sign of my illumination pink from last year. If it's not showing any sign of life by the end of may it's coming out, and some more normal foxgloves are going in it's place. 

Might have been the bad wet winter, but it's clearly not reliably hardy in standard foxglove possitions.

Makes you wonder how much testing is done for the chelsea "plant of the year" award.

Radish - French breakfast

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:48

raddish are one of those plants you can sow very thinly as they germinate very easily. 

You can keep sowing most of the summer successionally, so you'll always have new ones sprouting. The best way is just sow them every 3 inches, 1 seed or 2 max, as they will all germinate, otherwise like you have seen all your packet will germinate at once, need thinning out, loosing 2/3 of them and waste them.

July to first frost

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:36

Oh and for late purple/pink flowers don't forget sedums. The bees will be greatful to you

July to first frost

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:31

There are some very pretty new catmint varieties, i just got a one called blue dragon, which has very large flowers, and another called purple haze which has buddleja like flowers. Although i've just put these in, if they are anything like standard catmint, they should spread and flower all year. 

I got them here it's my local nursery which also does online, although i suspect you'll be able to pick them up locally.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:12

I got my first greenhouse (also from greenhouse people) in january. I wanted a wooden frames, and went for a swallow 8x10, i'm thrilled to bits with it.

Things to consider, is it windy where you are? It's windy here which is why i went for toughened glass, rather than normal horticultural glass, or polycarbonate, as the latter is supposed to blow out alot in high winds. 

I layed a base of standard 2x2 council pathing slabs, on dry sand/cement mix (as recommended by swallow). The swallow guys then came and delivered and errected the greenhouse, and bolted it down to the slabs. They did a great job, cannot praise them enough. 

The auto opening vents are great and i would say a must have, to make things easier. I went for staging down one side, and higher level staging too, which are great for seed trays/plug trays. To give you an idea i don't plan on heating the greenhouse, just using it to overwinter stuff, that i would otherwise put into cold frames, and sowing hardy annuals etc. Then in the summer, tomatos, peppers, chillis, and the like, not tonnes just a half a dozen toms etc. Which will be more than enough for me and my better half. 

It's been great fun so far, i've sowed a load of annual flower type plants and brought them on and now planted them out, and also had a go at alot of the "cooler" new vegetables eg cucamelons.. we'll see how they go

What flower seeds could I sow outside now to flower this year?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:25

Pretty much any half hardy annuals will flower this year, and should not really have been sown yet outside yet anyway (wait till last frost date)

Try here

I've bought seed from them before so can recommend


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:30

I've got a variety called Raspberry Red, which has very red stems even when not forced. I went for this because it's in my border so wanted something colourful. Picked my first (unforced) stems on saturday and had crumble yum




Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:17

Ah the old "moist well drained soil" i often wonder if anyone actually knows what that means, as it appears on just about every plant label you ever buy. 




propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 14:12

I got a bi-colour buddleja from one of the online suppliers, as normal this was a small plant (pretty much a cutting). I planted it out, 2 days later the dog snapped the twig above ground off. I was not best pleased but though what the hell and planted the snapped twig incase it was salvageable. I now have 2 plants - thanks dogs

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:31

For annual type seeds, this website is very good 

Seeds are reasonable price, but the best bit is that he puts a load of information in the blog about how and when to sow everything he sells, he also has a few good pdfs with info on them too. 

He's also very proliffic on twitter and always answers questions @higgledygarden


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