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Ideas for Hanging Baskets

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:32

hi everybody doing hanging baskes for years, try 14/16 inch baskets for really decent are some tips i use and they work every time.1,use the base of a baby nappy pampers etc, they dont halve soak up the water ? and let it out slowly to the plants .saves having to water less often and less over spill in the basket. in the base od the basket with the first scoop of peat use a hand full of chicken manure organic pellets ,feeds roots for 3/4 months ,saves having to feed with liquid feeds,and bye the way if u are using liquid feeds,leve the last feed afetr watering otherwise u run the risk of washing out the liqud feed if u put it in first. only do most of the watering late at night ,less evapouration,and finally eith the very first watering u give your baskets,place 3 or 4 drops washing up liquid within a point of water and mix, then pour over the peat,this will help later on because the washing up liquid will draw the watr into the baskets and u will end up with less run off.

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 19:02

garden friends and neighbours,here's one for all of you.If u are ready to get stuck into sowing seeds WAIT TILL THE NEXT FULL MOON Its an old one but u will have 100% success with seeds, Why/ the pull of the moon etcThis was passed on to me many yeras ago by an old and wise friend and it never fails. ow right he was.

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 19:13

flowerbird=. try sowing sweet pea in october in your loo rolls and leave them till now in a light spot but out of direct sunlight. when they get to the three leaf stage nip them back to one leaf and ou get a much stronger plant and also more stems and more flowers later on in the year.go on and give it a try there is no such thing as failure just lost seedlings.bye the way when u decide to grow seedlings plant just what u need with a few extra in tay modules.that way you wont have to throw surplus out.when u are growing seedlings always water the trays or containers from the root up less losses and little damping off.bye the way has anybody noticed how the big organisations who produce new varities of bizzi lizzies have now left us with a hugh problem with them literally dying off when in full flower. This has only come about in the last two years, so be warned the beautyful bizzi lizzi is on the way out through to much messing with their jenes.

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:51

yes john  innes with perlite is fine the acidic peat gives the sharper bite to the tomato plants and their true flavour. i have been growing toms. in acid peat for years and get brillant flavour every time.long lost tip worth tying.


Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:06

plant it where the sun does not hit it before 11am in the morning otherwise you will run the risk of losing your flowers from frost bite.

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:02

try growing your tomatoes in acid peat  this year instead of ordinary peat or garden soil. you will find that the true flavour of the toms. wil come out and you will be surprised how good they taste. oh bye the way dont be in such a hurry to start growing plants too early they al need daylight to grow strongly apart from the fact that you wil always get late frosts which can kill off tomatoes if sown too early.i have grown all kinds of plants for the last 20 years and from experience i have found that if you wait till march the plants will grow just as strong with less heat required.

Black spot on red robin bush

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 18:53

try the following it works on roses and seems to be the same type of problem. when the rain lands on the rose leaves it causes the spores on the leaves to spread to other leaves from the splashes. mix two tbs.of jeyes fluid in a gallon of water with a squirt of washingup liquid which will help the jeyes fluid to stick to the leaves.spray the ground around the plant as well.this should do the job. spray every 14 days till the problem is gone.

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