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Posted: 29/03/2014 at 20:05

Thanks I may try a couple

When to direct sow the following outside

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:17

I normally don't direct sow seeds but thought I would give it a try. The packaging stated between march and may for most but then I have read conflicting advice such as leave it till after the last frost. I have the following



Night scented stock


Californian poppy (Eschscholzia)


I live in the northeast but close to coast which does keep us a little warmer and less frosty in the winter. Will it do harm to sow any now or am I best to wait.

Thanks for any help


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:33

Are they frost hardy once established or do you have to dig them up like dahlia?

My seedlings

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:13

Yeah I have one of those mini greenhouse and I am onto my second this year. I weighted the base down with old tiles and thought that will never move. It didn't it just tore in half at the base and still blew away.

new garden centre

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:07

I live in Sunderland is that Thompson road in southwick ill have a pop down

Black eyed susan/Dahlia seedling?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:48


Black eyed susan/Dahlia seedling?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:46

I thought I had sown black eyed susan pricked one out and potted on however it looks suspiciously like a dahlia which I sowed in the same propagator. Any help would be appreciated.

found some begonia tubers..

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 22:50

They not frost hardy so would imagine that would have killed them. Supose you could still try and plant them its worth a try.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 22:49

I bought the 120 litre verve b&q compost this year and it was good stuff night and day better than last years compost.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 22:40

The thing with clematis is you don't want to plant something that's going to compete too much with the clematis roots. So don't plant anything too close or deep rooted . Even though roses go lovely with clematis its important to have a reasonable planting distance. I have mini hebes infront of some of mine and that seems to work well. I also use annuals such as snap dragon or bedding dahlia, carnations but again keep them a reasonable planting distance in front.

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