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Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:16

Yes, layering is the way to go, but it is still not easy - there is a good reason that mature plants are expensive to buy.  Seeds are fun, germination is somewhat erratic, and indeed, what you get almost certainly will not be what you got the seed from.  Layering is fun, some of my montanas do it themselves, but the more delicate ones are less easy - but go for it, it might just turn out to be your best skill, and think of the fun and pride you will have when it works.  

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:08

...they haven't told me yet, I guess that comes under the 'you only get the information you need to know', and I guess they think I don't need to know.

Do you grow lots of primroses? If that is the criteria, I will be on hosta or lily ward.

Digging a vegetable Plot

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 14:17

I'll bet you can grow good carrots, beetroots and other such like root things in there - sounds as if you've got the best of both worlds, great stuff. 

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 14:16

.... oh dear, this really is the asylum then. 

Digging a vegetable Plot

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 14:15

Even if you don't want to use pots, there are lots of plastic and netting type bags especially made to grow various veggies in, potato bags, carrot and beetroot bags - pound shops are a good source of these, so are Wilko's - you'll find you don't need to dig the veggie patch at all, just keep the bags and pots on it!!

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 14:11

Ahh, yes that can indeed present an occupation hazard!  My OH shows no interest in sitting in the GH so I have it to myself. Try filling it up with pllants so only one seat is possible  and ensuring that you get there first - or maybe suggest that a den  elsewhere for the other person might be a good thing?   My trouble is I never get to stay there long as I then spot something that just has to be done NOW, if not sooner - which may give your OH the chance to snap up your seat!!  Maybe hide the seat under a bench where only you know where it is ......

Purple Tomato leaves

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:20

Don't use tomorite yet, not till the first truss of fruit has set.  It is probably cold that has empurpled the leaves, a weak drop of seaweed solution will help if there is indeed a deficiency of anything. 

Flaming Weeds!

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:19

Weeds are plants that have evolved to be here in this place and climate, so it is hardly surprisng that they outgrow all the things we decide we want in our gardens, many of which don't originate from here at all.  Flame guns are fine as far as they go, which isn't far as you will discover, they don't deal with roots as you say, and do need gas which is envoronmentally unenchanting.  However, it does feel good for a while and that can be fun.  In the end you will need to get the roots of deeper weeds out, such as  dock and crouch, but meantime the path is clear. 

Digging a vegetable Plot

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:15

Land - and plants - are very fogiving, you did a good job as far as you knew.  All you neded to do is (sorry) dig again, and bury the grassy sods grass down, under the soil.  All will be well, and to be honest, evern if you didn't do this, in a year or two it would all be the same - but you can't work on it while you wait.  So, if you have the strength and want to do it, get digging, and you will still have time to plant vegetables.  This year is running late due to the horrd winter and early spring, so go for it - and trust the earth, it knows best and will forgive you nearly anything except a cncrete mixer!!  Enjoy. 

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:11

Exactly, if you or I were to go and commit such a crime, we would be in deep trouble - and rightly so - but just because it is Chelsea, they seem to be abe to do what they like.  Disgusting.  I wasn't going anyway, but this would be one of the many reasons why I wouldn't. 

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