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Wildflower gardening

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:41

If it's a smallish area and have cleared it properly have you thought of just getting the meadow turf to lay? It'll give you an instant effect, that's how they did the Olympic park i think. 

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Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:31

They may be different to those they've done before, but when i last did the T&M 30 free they were about 3cm of root and 3cm of plant when they arrived, very much the std T&M mini postiplugs. I'd be super surprised if they were 30x 12cm plugs.

Tomato seedlings wilting

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:19

If it's only a few of them, could you have damaged the stems when pricking out and potting on?

I usually find my tomatoes droop a bit after repotting in the greenhouse if it's hot, but they recover in  few hours with a good soaking.

As they say never touch the stems when pricking out just handle with a leaf, and don't firm down much.

Aquilegia

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:56

The best thing about Aquilegia is the self seeding.. and waiting to see what the new plant will look like. I've got loads of them all over the garden, great plants.

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Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:53

Be warned it'll be a long time before you can plant them out as a hedge! 

I think i got these 2 summers ago, it took a good year of potting on and wintering in the greenhouse to get them to the point where they could be planted out. 

Good if you have the time, and facilities to bring them on.

When does cherry blossom?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 09:35

my stella cherry is still way off flowering, in the NE. It'll most likely be may before it flowers.

My plums are just starting now.

Online plant ordering

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 12:02

With the usual catalogue companies the plants are always very small, even for things like shrubs etc they will be tiny rooted cuttings or whatever. If you have the time and energy (and equipment) to bring them on then they can be ok.

For fruit however the big suppliers like blackmoor etc are generally excellent.

Garden Moles

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:50

I think alot of stuff actually works. But what usually happens is you use the method, the moles don't come back next season then you think job done and get lazy so they come back a year or so later.

For example i had really bad moles the winter before last (we live in the country and the fields are full of moles). So this year i tried the bulb method, rather than paying a premium for "mole bulbs" i bought some Allium Moly which the same, as well as some siberian squills. Planted them every meter in the lawn round the garden. 

 The result, no moles, they stayed on the other side of the fence in the field and didn't encroach into the garden. 

So can i relax? Probably not, the bulbs will die because they will be mown down during grass cutting, so at most they will last a season or 2. So i'll most likely be repeating the process this autumn before they come back again, as clearly the bulbs worked, but will need repeating every year.

The same i imagine would be for a secret solution, like naptha, or castor oil etc, they will most likely move the moles off that season but will need repeating every year, assuming the moles are still in the generally area.

 

Now i just need to work out how to get rid of the voles that have moved into the old mole tunnels lol....

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:36

The garden was stuffed full of butterflys with the 18 degree weather this weekend in the north east, even here at 150M, where spring is usually a good week or 2 behind (daffs have only just come out!).

Just built a green house.

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:46

Most cucumbers are sown april/may so plenty of time for those. 

Personally I grow, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Chillis, Melons and i have a grape vine too. 

As per bob, if you don't have time to get seed in and sow it, then most garden centres will be selling small plants of most things you would want to grow. 

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