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Money saving and recycling tips

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 18:58

Nearly all my growing containers had a previous life as either food containers or cleaning containers - where I used to work (now happily retired - hooray!), salads would come in deep lidded containers - great for propagators - they fitted my heated trays too which was a bonus.  

Still, if you buy plug plants or anything like that they all come in plastic something, and what to do with them does become a problem - I do put them into recycling when I can't use them, in the hope they re-appear as something. 

Hydrangea Leaves Turning Brown/Purple

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 18:55

Probably you have had a few chilly nights - many plants get red or purple leaves when they get cold.  It shouldn't come to any permanent harm if that is what it is.  New growth when it gets warmer will be the right colour.  The plant looks healthy enough - if it were you and me then some throat lozenges would work, but probably not for a hydrangea - coff, cofff……….

Can I grow beetroot in a container

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 18:47

 It needs to be pretty deep as there needs to be room not just for the beet itself but for the roots underneath.  Beets don't much like being transplanted, but it can be done with care and plenty of water,  Use a sandy  compost, or with plenty of vermiculite so the beets can push down into it.  Best of luck with them. 

What are these little blue flowers?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:04

Interestingly our local nursery who sell many basket plants is selling this as a useful basket plant. Also they are selling the red leafed yellow flowered oxalis that I spend hours trying to get rid of in my greenhouse - are there no rules about what can be sold as a valued plant? 

Perrienrals

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:29

It also depends how big and mature they are when you get them.  If little and from small pots, then you are 100% right, including the second potting on.  However, some companies sell large, mature plants in 2 - 3 litre pots, or that size from bare root digging up,  with mature prices to go with them,  and while these may need hardening off and getting used to the weather, wind etc. of your garden, may well be big enough to plant out at once.  Play it by ear (or trowel if you prefer!)  Enjoy anyway. 

Perrienrals

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:28

It also depends how big and mature they are when you get them.  If little and in small pots, then you are 100% right, including the second potting on.  However, some companies sell large, mature plants in 2 - 3 litre pots, with mature prices to go with them,  and while these may need hardening off and getting used to the weather, wind etc. of your garden, may well be big enough to plant out at once.  Play it by ear (or trowel if you prefer!)  Enjoy anyway. 

advice

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:24

Patience is the one virtue you need as a gardener - and one I never had until I took up gardening many years ago - you just cannot rush nature and that is all there is to it!  I've still no patience with much, especially myself, but have learned that if it takes 7 years for my special clematis to flower ( and it did!)  then 7 years is what it will take, and there is b***** all I can do about it - other than rip it out and put in something else, thus losing the delight of what I was waiting for in the first place!!

Wildflower ID please

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:20

Just do take care, invasive is not a strong enough word - on Guernsey it is everywhere to a really damaging degree. 

Ipomoea Iposun Black Tone

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:19

Try the RHS web site - pretty good at finding suppliers of most things. Alternatively just 'google' the plant, and someone selling it will come up - assuming it is for sale anywhere that is!

Fleece Cloches

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:16

Wire coat hangars bent into the shape you want, or any other type of wire, depending how big the plants are that you want to protect.  Alternatively use twigs or prunings and drape the fleece over those - they won't be needed much longer now this year. 

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