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greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:09

Hi, I don't have much room and I like to grow plants from seed.  Would people recommend I get a small greenhouse or a coldframe?  The only smallish greenhouses seem to be those ones in the plastic 'jackets' and they always seem to break - the zip goes or the plastic joints break.

I won't be growing anything that needs to spend its whole life inside like fussy tomatoes, I'll grow outside types, but I would like to grow some half hardy annuals and hardy annuals and perennials that like a cosy start.

Slugs and snails

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 18:50

I have copied down Carol Klein's advice from Gardeners' World on Friday for slug resistant plants - a most welcome feature.  Here they are:

aguilegia

agastache 'Blackadder' giant hyssop

astilbe

digitalis foxgloves

geranium

helleorus hybridus lenten rose

knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'

penstemon heterophyllus 'Heavenly Blue' foothill penstemon

ranunculae - buttercup family (aconites)

rosaceae (alchemilla, crataegus, cotoneaster, prunus, rosa, rubus, sorbus)

sedum 'Jose Aubergine' ice plant

sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh' prairie mallow

 

Happy slug free gardening

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:14

Well that's that decided then.  I love amelanchier too but thought it would be too bushy - this one sounds greeat, thanks very much lilylouise.

short climbers???

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:11

Ooh thanks both of you, I wouldn't have thought of jasmin and I've never heard of the Boulevard clematis but I think I'll try and squeeze both in.  This website is great, you're all so helpful.

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 07:00

Thanks for the advice, it doesn't really matter how tall they get, once they're past head height they can get as fat as they want.  Following the advice given by Paliaisglides I think I'll plant the prunus amanogawa in the corner to keep the neighbour sweet and have a further think about the area next to the car.

I have read that the following are suitable for planting on residential streets: pyrus communis 'Beech Hill', prunus sargentii 'Rancho' and malus trilobata.  Any thoughts on these please?

short climbers???

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 06:49

Hi can anyone recommend something to train up a 4' high trellis?.  It's about 15' long and faces south-east.  I had originally wanted to fan-train a cherry because we were going to get a 6' trellis but now I think it's probably too short, so anything that fruits preferably otherwise something that looks pretty and doesn't want cutting several times a year.  Thanks very much.

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 23:00

This is quite a useful clip on training a rose up a pillar if you ignore the gumf during the first minute.  David Austin roses do a free brochure which will give you an idea of climbers that you can get for the amount of sunlight you receive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5rLjzkg7Zg

The garden has improved such a lot from your first photo.  Please keep us updated with pics.  I'm having a terrible job digging up all of the rubbish in my garden so I empathise.

Japanese knotweed

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 22:39

There was an enormous specimen of japonese knotweed when I moved into my last house - no one told me what it was or that I could get money of the house, never mind.  The previous owner grew it because he thought it was pretty.  It lurked next to the front door like a triffid and my friend with a horticulture degree identified it as an orchid.  Once I found out what it really was I used Roundup.  Then I dug up regrowth and burnt it.  Eventually it rarely came up at all and if it did I gave it a blast with a flame gun which was quite good fun and seemed to do the trick.  It does weaken eventually.  I wish I had know I could have eaten it.  I'm sure I read that Alys Fowler eats bindweed, can anyone confirm this?

Help! Have I got Japenese Knotweed growing in my garden?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:45

looks more like himalayan balsam to me.  I've never had it myself so no idea how to get rid of it but whatever you do don't let it seed.  It seeds itself by a sort of explosion to scatter the seed all over the place, probably best to cut off all the flowers, crush the leaves slightly and apply Roundup, but I'm happy to be corrected.

horsetail weed

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:43

I had this in my borders in my last garden.  If you pull it up from as far down as you can with a trowel it gives up eventually.

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