Latest posts by AndytheScientist

Plants to attract butterflies

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:15

I think verbena lollipop is just bonariensis, but a shorter stock. Remember to take cuttings, as they are not fully hardy. Mine didn't come back this year so the cuttings are going out. Easy to do, just plop then in a cell tray with cutting compost and stick them in a cold frame over winter. 

Too many raspberries

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:08

If they are autumn fruiting they should be chopped right back anyway. So first step i'd say would be to chop everthing down to the ground. Then after this year you can take stock after seeing what comes up, you might find that once you start with a proper fresh patch that they become more manageable. 

bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 15:59


Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 15:14

Another vote for pulmonarias, the variagated ones can add bright splashes in the shade garden, and at this time of year, they are where all the bees in my garden have been hanging out. 

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:44

I've asked  Michael Perry ‏@gardening_greek  on twitter, He's T&Ms new plant specialist. Might be interesting if he has any comments on how to overwinter these, and if they really are supposed to be truely hardy. It's been a long cold winter but here in newcastle it#s not been that wet really. infact if anything it's been a bit dry. 

In the same area as i planted the foxglove i've got, astilbe, phlox, wild garlic, normal foxgloves, heuchera, primula, hostas, and rhubarb, all those are fine and made it through the winter no probs, just not the illumination. 

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 23:12

I'm growing 3 types this year, gardeners delight, because everyone said that's the one to go for.. (first time for me), i'm also growing some black cherry, as they sell them in the market in mallorca where my parents spend most of their time and they are loverly. I've also got tigarella, as my nephew wanted me to grow it  

The black cherries are looking great atm, germinated and grew very strongly from the start.

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 22:55

I won one last year (was a big plant not the usual T&M plugs). It performed really well, but like the rest of you it's a no show this year, the rest of the normal foxgloves in the same area are fine. I'd say this is a container plant that needs overwintering, shame they didn't just say that.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 20:43

I weeded, sowed some carrots, pinched out my sweet peas, potted up some chillis and peppers, went to the garden centre, bought a variagated buddleja, some kennedy irish primsoses and some creeping phlox, and planted them out. Watered in well cause it's been dry as anything up in newcastle recently (so much so i'll only seen 2 slugs all year). 

Oh and i burnt my head in the sun.. must remember the cream tommorow!

Greenhouse watering

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:12

I just ordered a kit for my greenhouse (6x10), it runs off the mains tap outside.


Just setting it up, seems great so far. Delivery from the site was very quick 3days. So can recommend them on that basis.


I'm going to use the watering all the time, rather than just when away, as i think consistant watering is the key with most greenhouse crops. 

Trying to work out when the best time to water is at the moment, early morning or late at night... not sure need to research some

Identify a weed please

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 10:15

my guess, as that is all you can do is guess with a seedling that size is that it's some kind of tree seedling. Due to the stirdyness of the stem/root/leaves. But yes you need to wait for the second set of leaves before you really have a clue. 

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