Daisy Cottage

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Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 18:36

It's not always so good from garden centres We wanted to look at shrubs in the summer (not really to buy, just getting ideas), so we drove about 30 miles to a GC that had been recomended to us (nearest largish garden centre to us). When we got there, they had quite a small selection of plants and the quality of them was terrible They looked as though they hadn't been watered for a week or more. They were terrible specimens. We spent about 10 minutes there and drove home. One reason why I have liked buying online, I have (so far) only received plants in good condition and have been able to buy what I want without driving a considerable distance

Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:38

We've been renovating an old house for the last 4 years or so and trying to get the garden (an acre and a quarter) sorted at the the same time - with a limited budget. Buying offers - for plants online, - free plus P&P, has been brilliant and has helped fill new, empty beds etc. When I have more time and money, I can be more selective and gradually replace the 'cheap' plants I decide I don't want any more It's been quite a challenge for me - a relatively inexperienced gardener - to cope with loads of small plug plants, but it's also been quite satisfying and also made me buy plants I'd never have considered before

Planting Onion Sets

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:26

We've often planted winter onion sets in wet ground and not had a problem with rot - our soil is fairly decent and light though.

Pepino Melon help

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:22

Has anyone grown these ?? I have three plants - they have matured very slowly which I was prepared for and are only now starting to ripen. I brought the plants into my garden room around two months ago when the greenhouse started to get cold. The three plants have produced very different fruit - one plant has almost white fruit, like flatened spheres. Another has green rugby shaped fruit and the third has green spherical fruit. The white fruit have ripened before the others and my husband and I tried the first fruit last week - it was horrid, like eating soap !! The fruit had yellowed, was soft when squeezed and when we cut it open, the flesh was similar to a melon - so appeared to be ripe, but it was vile tasting ! We are waiting for more to ripen and hope that they will taste differently. I won't grow them again as the plants are very straggly and take up a huge amount of space and time to mature. Any experiences anyone ??

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 10:49

I grew 5 plants in the greenhouse for the first time this year. I had LOADS of fruit - too many and the plants are very straggly and took up a huge amount of space I did try making jam with them, but it wasn't very successful. Eating them raw is delicious tho' and also, as said previously adding them to crumbles etc. I'm going to try freezing what is left. Can't wait to get the plants out of the greenhouse as they have made a big mess

Pepino Melon help

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 15:30

I'm growing 3 pepino melon plants in the greenhouse. They are doing well and I have quite a few fruit now ranging from very small to the biggest which is around a large cooking apple size. One problem is that I didn't have them tied up as the stems were upright - until the fruit has now got a lot heavier. They are starting to take up a lot of space as the stems are now arching down to the floor. I have read somewhere that they should be taken indoors in order for the fruit to ripen, so I can't tie them up to the greenhouse structure. Any suggestions how to do this successfully ?? Each plant has 6-8 stems all coming from the bottom - so a bit like an upside down umbrella Should I just put lots of canes all around the pot ?? It's no good just putting one or two canes as the plant becomes top heavy. Thanks for any help and tips with these plants

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:18

Thank you all for your replies ! Some very interesting ideas there. We already have a 200 ft mixed hedge that we put in two years ago and a 100 ft copper beech hedge. Having experience of a very long holly/hawthorn hedge at a previous house, we have had enough of prickly cuttings to dispose of I'll try to make a list of all your suggestions and then sit down with OH and make a decision. We're waiting for our man with the JCB to come to take the old hedge out plus a few tree stumps so will have to make a decision fairly soon. We just want somethng low maintenance as we have a lot of hedge to look after Thank you again !

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 13:43

Ideas please ! We have an old cherry (we think) hedge running across the front garden, behind the grass verge. We live in a rural location on a VERY quiet lane (grass running up the middle). We want to take out this hedge and replace it with something else. The new hedge needs to be about 4/5 feet high and just over 100 feet long, non prickly, easy to maintain and, hopefully, have some attractive foliage etc and look 'right' in it's location. Any suggestions please. We are having the old hedge removed sometime in the next few weeks and so hope to get bare root plants in the late autumn. Thank you

Chillies problem

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 19:15
pamajo wrote (see)

 Weather or compost?????

Don't think mine is compost as all my other plants have used the same compost Haven't had any problem with pests, that I'm aware of, either

Chillies problem

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 17:27

I have three chilli plants in my greenhouse together with peppers and other plants which are all doing well. The upper leaves of the chillies are curling and some dropping off. They have flowers but some don't look too good. I've grown chillies indoors before but this is the first time n the greenhouse. Any ideas why the leaves are curling ?? They haven't been allowed to dry out, but equally I've been trying not to overwater - difficult at the moment as one moment it's hot in there and the next it's cooling down. Tomatoes, cucumbers, etc all doing fine.

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