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HANDY HINT FOR GARDEN LABELS

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:45

No such thing as overkill on labels, what you don't lose, the weather make brittle, the blackbirds move, will become incomprehensible over time - and yu will plant new and different things. Stock up while you can.

Salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:30

It seem to me that certain beuroucrats ( hmm, know that spelling is not right, bet someone will work it out and tell me, ta in advance)  have not got enough work to do when they want to interfere with something like that, which is working perfectly well, and whih people enjoy.  Come to think of it, that's why they would interfere, heaven forbid anyone would enjoy something ............

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:27

I reckon we will fit just fine, most of the good and the just are here, and probably those who were here already are happy gardeners too - it will just take a bit of time to learn how to get around.

Do need to disable as many of the responses as possible though, as filling my in box at an incredible rate!!

lilly of the valleys

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 14:20

They will spread about all of their own accord, probably helped by birds and mice eating the seeds and so spreading them.  I have them coming up in places where I know certainly that I did not plant them.  They can become very invasive if happy.

Globe Artichoke

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 14:18

Either way, yoou should be aware that they are huge - albeit beautiful.  I used to grow them on our allotment but now I am only gardening at home, I cannot find space for them.

HANDY HINT FOR GARDEN LABELS

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:35

Going back to the wooden sticks, lollipop sticks are good (nice excuse to eat ice lollipops, especially those rich chocolatey ones!), a soft lead pencil works best and lasts well - but stuck in a wet pot they will eventually rot away. 

seedling compost

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:28

I think that white coating comes when the compost has ben damp, maybe it is salts of some kind? Like you I have not found it does any harm, and so far it hasn't occured on the seedling mix. 

I'm not sure that all GC's are quick to return stuff to the manufacturers, but I do think they need telling that the stuff just is not fit for purpose - it just takes longer to rot down properly I think, whereas the peat based stuff did so quite quickly. 

seedling compost

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:29

Have had horrible experiences with compost too - the first few years peat free came on the market it was good, and we used it quite happily.  Then everyone jumped on the bandwagon and most are awful. I have had very bad Westlands, so glad that Gold1locks has found good stuff.   The best I have found so far is B&Q's multi purpose, whih sadly is with some peat, but even that needs watching for sticks and lumps.  I sieved it for seedlings as the small bag of seed compost I bought was so rough that very few seeds could have germinated in it.  Hope the broad beans will manage.

Last year I bought a tonne of bark chippings to cover the ground in our fruit cage, and some of this years compost looks almost exactly the same!

A few of our bulbs.

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:23

WE grow vast amounts of evrything in pots, and find that bulbs are really very sucessful grown this way - but as with so many modern bulbs, they do not have long lives.  Miniature daffodils have come up year on year for about 7 years, but have now become overcrowded and split - good value as they were inexpensive.  Tulips do well, but I tend to agree with Minty, these daus treat them as annuals, though there are a few in the garden beds that do come back, it is not the rule for us.

You can gow anything in a pot as I have said many times on threads over many years, as long as you are willing to put in the effort it takes to supply all the plants needs - we have and do grow everything from tiny alpines to an oak tree in pots - but we don't go away all summer because of it!! 

Ceanothus

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:18

Ceanothus are always described as being short lived, but for us this has not been so.  About 12 years ago I bough one with variegated foliage and lovely blue flowers called 'Zanzibar', being assured I would get 2 or 3 years out of it.   It is still going strong, has never become a huge bush as some can do, but flowers beautifully each year.  I prune it very hard in autumn, which is why it has never become big I suppose, and off it goes.  Mind, having said this I have probably put the kiss of death now

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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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frosted lilies

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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

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Hazel nut queries

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