- My garden is high in the Pennines where no-one else is mad enough to even try. I keep it as natural as possible so it blends with the borrowed landscape, but try for lots more flowers.
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Today at 08:30
Never grown cucumbers so just guessing!
If they were mine, I would carefully tip up the pot and split it so each seedling has roughly half the soil, then give each its own pot with extra compost to the original level. They are well spaced, so this would give the least root disturbance. I would do it now, because the longer you leave it the more tangled the roots will get. The other option, often suggested, but which I would find hard to do, is simply to remove the 'weaker' seedling. Yours all look strong tthough..... how many cucumbers do you want?
Yesterday at 17:46
Mine were emptying 2 large feeders in ONE day in the depth of winter!!
They do like dandelions and are very methodical in the way they eat them. I leave some in the cracks on the terrace just so I can watch the birds feeding
Yesterday at 17:36
You pays your money and you takes your choice!
Yesterday at 17:29
I have no experience in this matter, but the things that come to mind immediately are
Business Regulations & Tax,
Health & Safety.
These will all apply even if you are self-employed and you cannot ignore them.
These are 2 websites I found just by typing in 'Start my own garden business', they looked helpful, but you will need up to date information on all these issues and will need to do more research.
You will need to keep costs to an absolute minimum or it will cost you far more than it provides in income.
You need to identify who will be your potential customers and grow the things they will want to buy.
Raising your own seeds will be cheaper than buying seedlings but you need to allow for the space and the time required to grow them on to saleable size.
As you will be unable to compete with the big boys on breadth of range, it might be better to concentrate on something more individual such as planted up pots or hanging baskets. You could look round the local area for people who seem to like their gardens and put out some fliers or conduct a small survey to find out what they would buy.
Would they come to you or would you deliver? Petrol costs eat up profits, you don't want to travel far!
Plants you are not allowed to propagate for sale or profit are covered by Plant Breeders' Rights - you may just see PBR on the labels.
There is an awful lot to think about - Good Luck!
2 days ago at 17:53
I have had them go on for a few years, but they do gradually get smaller and weaker. The second year ones are still looking good though - they would probably be almost out if not for this cold snap!
I love them , bought loads last year, they go with everything and give it a bit of a lift. I've used it with pinks but loved this dramatic display with Redshine and anemones.
Last edited: 26 April 2017 17:54:45
2 days ago at 11:49
Not my words, Jess, but Robert Herrick's. He was talking about dress, but I think the poem could easily apply to gardens too
That garden looks perfect for cultivating the wild and natural style. You wouldnt need to 'clear' any border, just make spaces for an additional shrub or two and add in some more woodlandy plants if you haven't got them already, such as hardy geraniums, Welsh poppies, Alchemilla mollis, aquilegias, foxgloves, Astrantia etc and let things get on with it.Self seeders are your friends for this look, and mowing the grass will resrict their spread to some extent elsewhwere.
Forget edging as such, just have a mown edge and let alchemillas and forget-me-nots and the like blur the line. You could let the grass grow longer in parts to allow more wild flowers chance to show their colours in spring and then tidy it again before it looks too messy later.
Last edited: 26 April 2017 11:50:41
2 days ago at 11:05
Try 'White Triumphator'. Tall, lily-flowered, April to early May flowering. I have grown both, but not in the same bed, but think there was good overlap with 'Q of N.'
I grew 'Blushing Girl', similar to 'Shirley', with my 'Q of N' and 'Attila' and they looked good together.
My Queen of Night are not out yet. They are still in last year's trough with 'Pretty Love' and have all come back looking as good as new!
2 days ago at 10:26
I also have a large garden, not quite as large as Raisin girl's but follow a similar pattern. Bits nearest the house, and most seen from the windows are more cultivated, the further away bits are wilder.
Many shrubs are easy maintenance - you don't have to follow rigid pruning regimes with things like Philadelphus, Deeutzia and Weigela. They will maybe not have quite as many flowers, but they will still have some, and if they do outgrow their space you can cut back to the ground every few years, perhaps missing that year's blooming, but starting again with fresh growth.
If you cultivate wild flowers, or garden versions of them, they will happily mix and match, seed themselves around in their favoured places and thug it out for world domination
Carol Klein's book 'Wild Flowers - Nature's Own to Garden Grown' should inspire you
Like RG, I mow pathways through my 'meadow' areas so it looks deliberate and the contrast between short and long grass is nice.
Other areas are not always grassed as such but I only weed out a few undesirables such as nettles near walkways, docks and hogweed where they are out of scale or rosebay willow herb and ground elder when they invade beyond their alloted areas. This garden style is fairly cheap but very informal.
If you need a more formal look then it may initially involve both more cost and labour, perhaps to make raised beds or create a level are of paving or gravel. Maintenance is also more important as weedy flags or gravel and scruffy pots often look worse than the 'sweet disorder in the dress' of a somewhat neglected 'wild' garden. If you enjoy your pots though, and perhaps don't mind weed-killering the hard landscape areas it could be suitable for you, especially if you already have a formal layout.
If you can afford to get someone else to cut the grass or occasionally cut back shrubs etc it would take away some of the pressure and allow you to relax and enjoy doing the bits you can.
Last edited: 26 April 2017 10:27:23
2 days ago at 09:35
The new growth will be very soft and will wilt easily. They would benefit from a polythene bag over the pot, or being put in a propagator to conserve moisture.
An unheated greenhouse at this time of year will also fluctuate wildly in temperature and they would do better in a more constant, mild warmth.
If they are getting enough light to prevent them becoming leggy, it might be better to wait and take your cuttings when they have hardened a little and the temperatures are generally warmer, as they will grow faster then.The poly tunnel would be great for growing them on!
23 Apr 2017 23:55
I planted it into my 'Dell', a shaded boggy hollow, and it it went mad and over-ran the whole space in the first year. Looked lovely, all waving green and white. But it ran out of steam very quickly, and after 3 years there was hardly any left!
23 Apr 2017 23:42
Aphids don't eat plants that way, slugs and snails do! It may be a very tiny one - check under the pots, round the rim and inside too - it is much harder to find a slime trail for the little ones!
Last edited: 23 April 2017 23:43:09
23 Apr 2017 14:41
If he liked the worms you might be able to get him interested in bees or butterflies or caterpillars.... perhaps grow some cabbages just for the caterpillars, as they grow quite fast,and maybe net one so he could try it too? You can pretty much guarantee cabbage whites, though the caterplars aren't the prettiest, but nettles are potential host to several kinds of butterflies if he would be able to cope with the nettles' spiteful ways.
Or how about some tactile plants like lamb's ears or bunny tail grass - that's an annual so quick to grow' or that old favourite, sunflowers, in the sunniest corner?
You can also get some veg in unfamiliar forms to surprise him, such as round carrots or purple ones or blue potatoes (Edzell Blue or Salad Blue which is good for blue mash!)
Let him have a look at some seed catalogues - he might see something that he likes, or you could look together for funny names, or animal names or flowers of a particular shape or favourite colour that appealed to him.
Last edited: 23 April 2017 14:42:56
23 Apr 2017 12:23
I'll try again!
This one should work
22 Apr 2017 16:17
You would do better to plant another hedge plant or two, or some more decorative shrubs to fill the gap. Things like reed and heather screens do not last many years and will not be strong enough to support the weight of a climber if the wind gets up, though they are useful stopgaps!
22 Apr 2017 08:58
Are you in the US? Nearly all references to crown rot are US based or talk about 'warm, humid conditions' not exactly prevalent here in the UK.
Here the most likely explanation for failure of shoots is likely to be slugs and snails, though if your delphinium is in a very wet place, it may just be 'normal' winter rot and the remedy would be to improve the soil and drainage. If that is not the case then I would probably add protection against the molluscs and leave it to see if it can manage a few new shoots
Anything that would sterilise the soil would render it unusable by other plants for some time, unless you chose to remove it all and microwave it!
22 Apr 2017 08:38
You could always wear thin surgical gloves
22 Apr 2017 08:23
My garden is dogwood heaven, but Midwinter Fire still looks mingy and miserable after 5 or 6 years and two different placements. Good luck with them!
22 Apr 2017 08:18
22 Apr 2017 08:00
The bigger the seed the bigger the seedling. Practise on conkers and acorns?
The practice bit is serious. Most seed packets give you far more than yoiu need, you can afford to lose a few.
Tiny seeds are hard because they are delicate, but if you sow thinly (Tip - mix really tiny seed with some dry silver sand to sow it evenly) and handled gently they are no harder than larger seeds that probably have deeper roots to contend with.
Sow something and try it. Wait until the first true leaves appear - not the 2 seed leaves. Then learn by experience.
Last edited: 22 April 2017 08:08:28
20 Apr 2017 13:58
That's some project !
I like the combination of formal lines and informal planting, always looks good, and the whole thing will be stunning when finished
Are you having an overall colour scheme or is it going to change from one paiir of bays to the next? Could look good perhaps if it gradually got lighter in tone the further away from the house you got, and would accentuate the perspective. Gertrude Jekyll used to do that with colours I believe.