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Posted: 24/06/2014 at 15:32

speaking of yellow and red, i got some Aquilegia Rhubarb and Custard seeds from suttons, really pretty little aquilegia. 

my melon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:56

I grow mine in the greenhouse and let them scramble along the staging. You can also train them virtically but you'd need to make a supporting net for the melons if you do it that way. I tend to wait till there is 2 or 3 fruit on one plant then pinch out the tips further along to make sure the fruit develop nicely. 

 Also with melons i find they need a hand pollinating so i get a makeup brush and pollinate the female flowers by hand.





Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:50

Nut do they often come true? For me i have so many different colours/types that the seeds could end up absolutely anything.. If i want to give someone a specific type i find it better to just divide and give them a division.




Posted: 16/06/2014 at 10:26

So many people seem to have never tasted gooseberries. No idea why, when i was young i used to pick my granddads, and now grow my own. I've never understood why they shops never sell them either.. I assume it's because they are so easy to grow yourself that anyone who wants them just grows their own. 

Mini greenhouse basics

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:29

I was always told for chilies to let them dry out between waterings, almost to the point where they begin to wilt. Seems to work for mine, i've got some good fruits already on all my peppers and chilies.



What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:26

For me the lupins are now taking over from the aquilegia which have been fantastic for the last month.. Oh and as always my various heuchera are looking particularly good too.

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.

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