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Supporting plants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:01

Pruings - you can use them wrong way up if they are things like quickthorn which will otherwise root instead of the plants you want.  ( Which is why I have several quickthorns in my front hedge rather than whatever I planted there several years ago -  but they are great so it doesn't matter - but it might if you are growing some nice perrennials or annuals later on.) Have just trimmed some prunings from the crab apple tree and a huge fuchsia - they will make good plant supports with raffia for tying in.  

A lad of verduns

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:58

Why?  I like the sound o a load of verduns, whatever or whomsoever they may be

Perhaps however, lets not get too excited about spring just yet, hard theough that may be, there are plenty of nights for frost and even snow yet - grit your teeth and hold your horses - hmm, sounds very uncomfortable that. 


Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:55

When did you plant them into the pots?  We have had some very chilly nights, quite alot of frosts recently, maybe they are plain too cold - maybe cover them with some horticultural fleece, or n espapaer - but that you will need to take off in the day if it above freezing to get some light to them.  Possibly check the roots i for something nasty eating them?  Assume they are not dry - sounds cold to me. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 11:17

Damp, grey, miserable, cold - I really do hate February!!  

Paper pots versus what?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 11:12

Often I find that paper or coir pots don't actually degrade enough, and later in the season I find the roots of the plants going round and round and the plants not thriving.  I imagine they need alot of water to degrade, so last year may not have been a problem.  I remove the netting that bought in basket plants, for example, have around their roots, and since then have had much better plant growth.  Depends upon your soil etc., but I have given up on them and just transplant from potting on pots. 

Moving a rose

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:45

It's fine to move that young rose, try not to disturb any tiny roots it has made, and if you did not cut it back to a bud in November, do it now.  It will be fine. 

Nightmare Garden To Design Around - Help Needed

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:42

Take time and patience - that slope offers all sorts of wonderful opportunities,lots of early little spring bulbs, primroses, clematis - ferns indeed - get some good books from the library and look at pictures, finding out what you think you will like to look at.  Don't even think of trying to do everything at once, just a bit at a time,  decide which - if any - of the current trees & shrubs you want to keep, remove the rest.  Think about where you want hard standing/sitting areas  -  do you know yet where the light and sunshine comes in?  Do you know what kind of soil you have, test it if not, because that will make a difference as to what you can grow well.   Do you want fruit/vegetables?  If so, where?  Grow the ones that remain expensive so you can enjoy them fresh if you want to do that.  Talk with gardening neighbours, gardeners love to share their stories (and often their plants, be careful what you accept!, or rather, what you actually use!)   What ever you do, and whenever you do it, take your time and enjoy it - there is no rush to do it all at once - that will discourage you and may end up with planting you really don't want.


Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:33

Thanks for the reminder to do the cuttings ................

Paper pots versus what?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:30

I usually just sow straight into seed compost, with added vermiculite, in the tray, cover with the lid, then pot on when the first true leaves appear, into 3 -4 inch pots with fine compost.  Only with big seeds like sweet peas, beans etc. do I sow into pots, then still use the 3 inch pots or a tray of plug shapes to get them started.  When  they are a decent size I pot on to 6 inch pots, harden off after a month or two, depending upon the weather,  then put outside either into the ground or a final pot if that is their destination - as it often is here.   I rarely sow much before April or May here, got caught too often with over enthusiasm when the sun shone in March or April, though I might start a few things then like tomatoes indoors in the cool greenhouse, but never earlier than that. 

B&M Bulbs

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 19:57

Sounds pretty good to me - assuming they are all in good condition without mould etc.  Too early for dahlias outdoors, but could plant in biggish pots if you wanted to.  Never had much luck with freesias, but at that price it is well worth a try.  The brodilaea and anemones will almost certaibly come back, and even if the rest don't, still a good buy - enjoy.

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