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Lord Anson Perennial Sweep peas

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:36

Dove, not that long surely I remember pterodactyls flying over Hyde Park! But I agree about the perennial sweet pea; awkward little bu....r that never really took off and certainly had negligable scent.

Cuttings

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:31

Dove, I read recently that they do well in big pots. Any advice for the tree peony? ( Desperate from Norfolk?) I always invite the neighbours round for a drink in the 2 weeks that the peony is in flower as it is so spectacular. I sort of have to have it somewhere in the garden

what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:27

Nat 4, As a mural painter who has done lots of children's murals, I would question whether children actually like very 'sugary' colours; in my experience, they like really strong colour combinations; not pastels. They also appreciate quite subtle colours. I have never met a child under 5 who likes pastels (when I can talk to them without their parents being present)

Cuttings

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:19

Nut, thank you for replying, I guess when I haul this massive thing out of the ground (Lovage) I can hack off a bit of root. The other prob is the tree peony; any ideas anyone?

Compost

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:14

I have used my own home made compost (sorry - am passionate about people making their own compost ) mixed with sharp sand and it is brilliant for growing everything. Of course there is no peat in it!

courgettes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:11

Oops... mine went out into troughs after being hardened off here in the Fens about 3 weeks ago. Despite slug pellets, some were destroyed, so have new seeds germinating to fill in the gaps. The ones that survived are doing well

what paint can I use outside - cheap and cheerful

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:07

Wilkinsons are about half the price of Cuprinol; just about to use their 'Buttermilk' on some staging around the house to make it blend in with the background. I think 2 coats are recommended, but you could get away with 1 on pressure treated timber if the life of the unit is only about 4/5 years. With ordinary timber, it will rot where it touches the earth and no treatment will stop that. Even the treated timber will not be happy in damp soil after 3 or 4 years.

Cuttings

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 18:57

Someone surely out there can give me advice? (Desperate from Norfolk)

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 18:55

Forester; thank you so much, Rosie31 especially has really got this scheme up and running and so many other wonderful people have come up with plants and cousins and friends to transport the plants

Saving private Sunflower

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:54

The sunflower hearts which I give the birds have self sown all OVER the flower beds. First I would tie them in to a cane to stop them getting wind damage, a few slug pellets and if you think it is being attacked by birds, though I have never experienced this, a plastic bottle with both ends cut off for the first few weeks may help; I do this sometimes for Morning Glory.

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ngs garden in Peterborough

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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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More good guys

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bird nest in potato bag

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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Cuttings

Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Watercress

Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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