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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Seeds are up

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 20:46

Hope they were broad beans!

Swiss chard

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 17:48

If it behaves anything like perpetual spinach (a relation) it will carry on until spring then it will produce long tough stalks and go to seed so you dig it up.

Lemon Tree

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 17:45

Is it warm enough in your north facing porch? A lemon takes months to ripen. Do you feed it regularly? It likes rainwater, a good soak when dry rather than little and often. Was it grown from a pip? Sometimes pip grown plants never fruit properly. Best to get a well grafted plant. It doesn't like sudden changes of temperatur either.

Plants or flowers from seed

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 17:38

Hello Bunny. Did you want perennials or annuals or don't you mind? If it's in shade and you want annuals in tubs that narrows the choice, but "Busy-Lizzies" (Impatiens) are a classic for that situation. Bedding begonias, violas and pansies as well. I get mine as plug plants, but you can sow seeds. If perennials, then hostas look good in pots - there is one with a lovely purple flower, some have more flowers than others. Also heucheras for the different leaves, corydalis, liriope and several hardy geraniums will grow in shade. What about fuschias?

how many petunia seeds into a cell insert?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 15:07

Petunia seeds are very tiny so it usually says "sow thinly" on the packet, so unless you want to fiddle about, just take a very small pinch and sprinkle carefully onto the surface. I sow them into moist compost in a seed tray. Don't cover them. They will need some warmth and they don't like being watered with cold water, so let the water get to room temperature. Use a fine rose or sit in a tray of water to water them, but don't let them gat too damp of they can "damp off". When they come up they can be thinned out or when they are big enough to handle prick them out into small pots with fresh compost. Keep frost free.

Rustic trellis

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 14:54

If you make a fence with live willow it will probably root and become a living willow trellis. If it's dead I'm not sure how long it will last, but then you can buy fencing panels made of it. Have a look at this. There are some good photos of what you can make with living willow.        and this from the RHS which shows you how to do it.


squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 14:43

In France it's 150 metres from a dwelling but our local mayor told the local hunt not less than 300 metres from our house as we had children and animals when we moved here. Also he wouldn't let someone build a hide for shooting pigeons down our track because it was too close to the track and it's a public bridleway. So I would think it's 150 metres in the UK because of European law.

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 10:07

RedClaire I saw you were interested in patio crab apples. You can grow one in a large pot, if you are worried about roots. Other small trees to replace the lime - rowan (mountain ash), amalanchier.

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 09:55

It's worked beautifully. I remember seeing it the first time. It's really lovely.

Fork Handles

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 22:40

Oh Lottie what a mess, thank God there were 8 of you. I was just thing of cake when I read that and wishing I had some. Doesn't matter now.Gone off it.

Did have a Snickers ice after lunch though as they don't sell creme eggs here.

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