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Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:55

Nigella also did that to me;it has taken about 7 years to eradicate and I still have a few this spring!

Can anyone identify this invader?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:44

It may be Ground Elder?


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:43

Is this gravel Wills? or larger stones?

I suggest that you google top-soil and compost; see which is the cheapest and have quite a lot delivered. I would also add well rotted horse manure. In my raised veg bed I use the bought, spent compost from growing last year's tomatoes. I get the 125 litre bags of Verve from B&Q, as a wrinkly if I buy on a Wednesday I can use a pensioner's discount card and get 10% off.

Hope this helps

Monty Don's Blue Cotton Gardening Jacket

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:37


planting in pots

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:36

rosemummy, it could if you are planting in same space. A couple of years ago there was a gardening prog with Vera Lynn (a famous wartime singer) and they put the new rose in a cardboard box with compost FB and B and planted that; the theory being that by the time the cardboard has rotted, the rose is strong enough to not fall victim to rose re-plant disease. There are other solutions I believe; I'm sure the other forumatti will tell you

Should I just re-sow my seeds?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:32

A heated propagator has really helped me this year.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:31

I would turn them for time to time to make sure they don't end up leaning over towards the light; I have never tried growing them outside - perhaps you could make a little polytunnel with plumbers white plastic pipe and polythene? But don't plant them even there till about late May, early June.

Someone did explain to me years ago that plants can almost strangle themselves if you keep turning them, but if you do it cautiously it may work.

Follow up fox illumination pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:21

Have you tried cuttings?

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:19

archiepam, if you want to tell your local or national news media that would be great; a little publicity wouldn't be bad; but more importantly it would remind people that the awfulness of the winter flooding did not end when the media stopped reporting on it. The more the public are aware of the ongoing horror of having been flooded, the more pressure is put on the Government to spend our tax money on doing something about it for future years so these poor families don't have their houses and gardens wrecked again.

(Never forget; the Government doesn't actually have any money of it's own; only the taxes we pay which they are expected to use sensibly on projects for the public good)

Sorry to get on my high horse about this


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:11

I planted out sprouts several weeks ago; they looked very sad initially, but have revived. Do remember to cover them with netting to protect from birds when planted out. The only things left in the greenhouse at the moment are very tender, like Morning Glory.

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