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Latest posts by AndytheScientist

How to keep Globemasters big?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 15:14

It really is amazing how different things are around the country, the alliums i planted in the autumn, haven't even flowered yet, and you guys are talking about them dieing down! Things have been very slow to get going up north

They look like the flowers are just about to start coming out any time now though! (i hope)

Good nice looking water butt advice?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:57

I would have a word with john here see what he can make for you. I recently got him to make me a half barrel with tap in it for another purpose. I'm sure he'll be able to make a good looking oak water butt.

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:39

I decided i needed another raised bed for my corgettes and squash in the veg patch. 

Consequently i needed to fill it with 150L of something, so thought i'd mix some MPC and grow bag compost in it. Happened to be in B&Q, and saw some opened (someone else had poked a hole) large bags of Verve MPC. I have to say it looked quite nice, so i bought a 125L bag for about £5.79. Have to say when i opened my bag and started to fill the bed, i was quite impressed, way better than the last lot of JAB stuff i bought. 


Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 17:04

I don't feel so bad now.. mine looks the same


weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:49

I've stopped using MPC and just use grow bags now, the compost generally costs the same and does not seem to have as much rubbish in them.

female dogs

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:25

Not really, i have to follow him round with a watering can alot of the time. Particularly when he finds a new plant attractive, he's getting better but there are a couple of plants i just can't keep him off, one being a morracan mint, which is only really only there for it's scent so i just let him pee on it, then cut back the damage shoots, there is always plenty of growth to replace it. 

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:54

Well so far looks like 2 miss out of 5

At least i've got another packet due to a much up with royal mail where they sent out a new packet, then the original packet actually turned up 6 weeks later..


female dogs

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 10:32

Funnily enough our female dog has never been a problem, but our male dog, p's up against everything i plant killing large amounts of leaves. 

Bindweed :(

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 10:11

We have some that encroaches from neibouring land, i've tried digging out, and it just come back, so i think realisticly regular applications of glyphosate is the only way to get rid of it, and probably will take a few years to make sure all the seeds are gone. 

A good way to hit it hard is to stick canes in the ground where it grows to let it grow up in then glyphosate it before it flowers. Probably with a couple of applications. 

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:58

Ok so this might be a simple question with the answer wait and see (which is what i'll probably do anyway).

Basically i got a packet of purple geranium seeds from T&M, as i thought i'd have a go, being a fan of hardy geraniums. 

You only get 5 seeds per packet so i sowed them all. First one germinated quite quickly so i pricked it out and left the others too their business.

Now the first geranium is a reasonable size now in a 9cm pot, it's put on alot of growth and has about a dozen decent sized leaves. But you guessed it, their not purple, not even a hint of purple, they look like most other hardy geraniun leaves. Is this normal? Do they often develop the colour as they mature, not sure why but i thought they would be like purple lettuce which pretty much are purple from day 1. 

A second has germinated now, but is only at the cotyledon stage so can't tell if it looks the same yet.. we shall see.

Even if the plant isn't purple i'll grow it on and see what it's like as it'll most likely be nice, even green and i've plenty of space in the garden for more geraniums. You never know maybe it'll turn purple


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Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

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