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experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 12:05

I wouldn't even consider any of the just pay postage offers, unless you have a greenhouse and have the time/inclination to mother the plants for at least 12 months before putting them in the garden.

They do work out ok sometimes, last year i got the "free" 24 lavender plugs, i planted them in modules and have kept them in the greenhouse, they are now around about the size where i could consider putting them in the garden but it's literally taken 12 months. 

Probably the best ones i've had from the pay postage offers was 4 dwarf buddleja's these were actually large plugs, and being tough as old boots they only needed potting on and hardening off before going in the garden and have done fine.

Everything else, ie the perennials expect to have to pot into modules, then repot and keep in a greenhouse over winter, before even thinking of putting them out next spring. You are unlikely to get anything if you plant them out the same year you get them in the post.

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 11:42

depends how steep the slope is, but going side to side is easier than up and down if you get my drift. 

If it's so steep going sideways would risk tipping over, i'd say get a professional in, you don't want to be pushing a mower up or down a steep slope if there is a risk you might lose control or footing. 

If you are going to be there long term i'd go with dove, and look into terracing it.

Have a look at the photos of Carrol Kleins glebe cottage on the net, for suggestions of what to do with a really steep slopping garden.

Blue foliage

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:27

I'm growing blue leeks.. does that count

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 10:49

glad it's not just mine that looks rubbish! I bought one last autumn and it's looked very poorly ever since. Many stems went black, leaves looked poorly too. I've cut off all the black stem ends, and it's finally starting to perk up a bit, but compared to the bright green/yellow dogwood i got at the same time they are like chalk and cheese.

There might be something in the not liking damp so much, maybe the wet winter had it's tole.. fingers crossed it gets established this summer.

'Treated' beans and peas?

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:09

I was given some of T&Ms sow strong leeks.. i sowed some alongside my blue winter leeks from real seeds.. the blue ones probably germinated better! 

Think the coating stuff is a bit of a con it seems.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 12:49

Black cherry are fantastic, by far the most tasty of those i grew last year (Black cherrry, Tigarella, gardeners delight).

This year i'm growing 3 again but replaced the tigarella with san marazano plum toms.

although the tigarella looked nice, they just didn't have the intense flavour of the cherry types.

 

Heuchera's

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 13:48

I'm a big fan of heuchera, most of the ones i have originated from terra nova in the US and i tend to stick to their planting guidelines. 

Here's a list of some of the ones i grow and where i have them.

Lime Marmalade - in damp shady clay does very well.

Berry smoothy - also in the damp shady clay, also does well tends to die down more than the lime ones do.

Delta Dawn - full sun, dryish site doing well.

Marmalade - full sun, well drained - prolific

Ginger Peach - full sun, well drained prolific (very similar to marmalade)

Midnight Rose - full sun, well drained doing well.

 

Lupins

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 23:47

I'm in the north east and my lupins which i grew from seed 2 years ago, are massive already. One thing i don't do is cut them back over winter. Some wise old bloke once told me not to cut the dead foliage off lupins as the hollow stems let the cold down into the roots of you do. So now i just leave them all winter then tidy them up in the spring if need be. Seems to work so far.

cucamelons

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:58

The comparison with melons ends at their look. They taste very much like tough skinned cucumbers. They are supposed to have a slightly limey taste, but everyone that tried them said they just tasted like cucumbers.

cucamelons

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:50

First i would say you need a few plants, they are very thin and spidery. I had 3 plants in one pot growing up a cane in the green house. I got about a dozen cucamelons per plant.

Have to say i don't think i'll bother this year, although the cucamelons where interesting, i think the greenhouse space they took up could have been better used for something else.

I'd view them as a novelty if you want them, but there's probably a reason why they are not a greenhouse staple in the UK.

 

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