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Bougainvilla

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:23

I have seen them in Gardening Centres and Nurseries, but not this early in the year.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:22

Lis, the worst compost I ever used was the most expensive; Miracle grow.

I now go for a cheap variety from a local nursery that I trust and mix it with my own homemade stuff.

Even really good 'growing medium' will only have plant food in it for a short time. All Veg plants need feeding on a regular basis once they have really got going, so do roses about 3 times in the growing season (I've just given mine a thin covering of horse manure, they will get rose food later) clematis I give tomato feed.

Making your own compost is easy and fun; and I am a fully trained Compost master so you have come to the right place.

Find out if your Council are doing cheap deals on compost bins; get 2 ( 1 to fill and one to 'cook') and then follow the instructions (50%greens and 50% browns; nitrogen and carbon if you are scientifically inclined). Any queries, ask here!

Bougainvilla

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:09

Are you planning to grow this outside, or in a greenhouse or conservatory?

I have worked in the Middle East and the Caribbean and I never came across anyone growing Bougainvilla from scratch; they always bought in small plants, which then romped away in the ambient heat.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:01

Bumpity bump.

...and flossie-flo sends you a kiss.

Combining climbers for year-round foliage - Wisteria and clematis?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:56

I had , I think Wisley Cream Clematis which grew into a large wodge (for want of a better word) of green which lasted all through the winter and flowered in February. This was in a protected corner of my rather exposed Fenland garden. I would not have wanted to be digging into that in the cold March winds to make refined pruning decisions.

I think you may need to look at the density of the two plants and the strength of the support.

Can't upload image using iPhone?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:49

Maybe it is not possible?

are sedums easy to grow from seed?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:48

Lis, I don't know about growing from seed, but if you break a bit off an existing plant and place it in some cutting compost it should romp away

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:47

I have been advised here to use tomato feed on patio clematis.

Vertical gardening ideas

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:46

FG, am keen to see pics.

Liseals, I am thinking a zinc base, or galvanised whatever. Then possibly sphagnum moss/compost? Will have to do some research.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:42

Always use your calculator when buying these products; what looks like a great deal can often be misleading.

Perki, that compost works out at £5.97 for 105 litres. (5.68p per litre) That is not a bad price, but other places are doing offers on 3x70litres for £10, (4.76p per l) which is cheaper.

As to quality, I have seen everyone's comments about growing medium quality over the last 2 years and it really seems to be a game of chance.

Always try to make your own compost and eke it out by adding some sharp sand and these commercial 'growing mediums' (they are not really compost)

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