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Help - Total Beginner

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 09:57

I was born in Ipswich, my grandparents came from Suffolk.

There's been some good advice above. Don't start too soon (cold weather coming!), sit indoors with a good gardening book. I draw a plan of my veg garden and what I'm going to plant where. When I sow I write the date on the plan and on the back of the page I put how good the harvest was or if something failed.

You can think about what veg you like and "Google" them individually to learn more.

Same for flowers, start the sweet peas early, buy some dahlia tubers, but don't plant them yet. If you have a greenhouse you can start dahlias in pots earlier than you would outside. When the weather is warmer March/April you can sow flower seeds, hardy annuals can go directly in the ground, calendula, love in a mist (nigella), nasturtiums (they can be planted next to broad beans, the flowers can be eaten in salads too) etc.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 09:28

Steve, I saw in your profile that your garden hadn't been touched for 30 years, so congratulations on the huge amount of work you must have done to get it so tidy.

February in Your Garden

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 09:20

Verdun you've been promising photos for ages and you give such good advice about perennials  - please dog out the camera soon or what about a last year's photo?

Garden Problem Area

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 23:19

Walnut trees produce something called juglone which a lot of plants don't like and can even be killed by. Here is a site that explains and tells you what you can plant under them.

Shaded Border

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 23:09

What about heucheras with different coloured leaves.

Otherwise, for colour, you can't do much better than Geoff's answer.

February in Your Garden

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 22:56

Lorraine, here is what the RHS says about propagating helleboures. 2 -3 years to flower from sowing seed.

Gardening Shows in 2013

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 22:51


Ford Abbey is a beautiful building with a lovely garden and very high fountain open to the public. I went last June.


Fork Handles

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 21:41

Our old house in Kent was haunted, but she was a friendly ghost. My daughter saw her when she was 2 1/2, then 2 old ladies in the post office asked if I had met the ghost!

February in Your Garden

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 21:26

This afternoon in the garden, but I expect most of you have this too!

February in Your Garden

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 17:58

Last year a friend who came to lunch gave me a present and when it was over I put it outside by the kitchen wall and forgot all about it. This is what I've just found!


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