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Half hardy annuals

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:34

my antirrhinum are in the cold frame as i have nowhere to put them and have been fine for the last few weeks

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:51

Ok well that should be a lot better than a smaller one. As said it will be controling the temerature and condensation. My smaller one gets scorching hot during the day and back down to freezing overnight if its not opened up during the day. I put buckets of water in mine to weight it down and help retain a little heat overnight although im not sure it will be as effective in a much larger one. I think however your main problem will be securing it enough to not blow away. My smaller greenhouse even though was weighted down with very heavy tiles literally blew in half at the middle and the cover tore to bits. Despite trying all sorts of ways to tie and weight it down it has blown over at least twice each year in the last 2 years.

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:39

Do you mean one of the smaller types you can get from stores such as aldi poundstrecher, or a large greenhouse with plastic panels

How toxic is larkspur?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 16:43

yeah i mean i actually have a delphinium magic fountain and the reports i have read are mixed and poisonings are rare as they plants don’t taste nice its just i would hate to think i have grown something toxic in the garden that caused him harm. I was not sure if the annuals were particularly toxic compared to the perenial variety. Of course we would always be watching him. I know foxgloves would not require much to be eaten to be lethal especially for a child hence why i got rid. Thanks for the reply.

How toxic is larkspur?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:59

I have a young child and was going to try some larkspur this year but read they are toxic. I will not be growing foxglove this year and have pulled out all the foxglove seedlings in my garden. Should I grow something else?

How do i grow cascading Lobelia from seed?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:40

Ive never really been successful with lobelia mine always look staggly and poor and require alot of effort to grow. I have however have them self seed in pavement cracks under my pots. They arnt hardy and wont survive a frost so need to be grown in a frost free place. They do look nice in baskets though

roses

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:29

I have a zepherine drouhin and it really does smell nice and has flowered well.

Why were my cornflowers poor last year

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:12

Thanks for the advice i may definitely try to feed them this year as the first year i planted them i had thrown compost and manure in the soil. I have found it difficult to properly mulch the soil since due to all the surrounding plants. I thought cornflowers liked poor soil so didnt think it would be an issue

Why were my cornflowers poor last year

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 22:44

Last year my cornflowers were very staggly, didnt flower very well. Compaired to the year before they were terrible. I started them off indoors and then straight into a unheated greenhouse the first time i grew them and got good plants. The last time i simply sowed them into the ground. Would this be the cause? Should i try to sow them in pots again.

Thanks for any help

Recommendations for direct sown annuals

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:28

As my wife had a baby last year I lost most of my space for growing plants indoors so i sowed lots of hardy annuals directly. I tend not have a lot of ferns or grasses and grow sweet peas Lupins delphiniums snap dragon etc. I found candytuft, godetia, Californian poppy and alyssum and nasturtium all did really well from a direct sowing. The main problem is keeping things such as slugs and aphids off them. My alyssum was still flowing in November. I also grew dwarf sweet pea cupid but i find they require too much deadheading to keep going.

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How toxic is larkspur?

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Ladybird larva and bug houses.

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Aphids particularly bad this year?

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Aphids particularly bad this year?

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Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

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Anyone side planted pansies in baskets

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When to direct sow the following outside

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Black eyed susan/Dahlia seedling?

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nicotiana sowing

Does this plant self sow 
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