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hanging / trailing plants

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:15

Trailing petunia's, giant fuchsia's, there are any number of summer basket plants to choose from. T&M have an offer on at the moment on petunia and giant fuchsia.

Check out the suppliers, they are all taking orders for summer plants. i could have real fun with that planter!

Begonias part 2!

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:11

Tracy, to be honest begonia's are best from the corm(tuber/bulb). You can grow them from seed, but it is a lot easier to grow from the corm. You get results straight away and they will, if you look after them, come back each year for years to come.

It is a little more expensive to but the corms, but worth it in my opinion.

They look like shrivelled lumps when you get them from suppliers, but they soon plump up when watered in.

After the first frosts have blackened the foliage, you lift them, let them dry for a while and store them in paper bags in a frost free environment, just like dahlia's.

In spring pot them up and water in well, they will soon spring into life, and if you want more cuttings they are easy to take straight from the corm, to increase your stock.

In GW at the moment there is an excellent choice of some new varieties which will flower all summer through, many scented.

The world of begonia's is your oyster.

Best of luck.

Strawberry Tree

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 14:44

I think I'd dig it up susan, it is probably a sterile sport, grown on by mistake. Norfolk isnt a bad climate for it, so I'd replace it.


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 14:41

I used to live on an estate where the gamekeeper swore by the human urine trick, he used both male and female urine to protect the pheasant pens. Failing that he used his .223, but somehow the coppers might not be sympathetic to the latter option, and getting the wife to pee in a bucket might prove a challenge!


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 14:34

I'd echo that tootles, let us know how they turn out, they are very cheap, aldi and wilko prices are about the same.

I must say however, I can't find an ebay shop under that name, past or present.

use of compost/peat

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 14:19

dollo, I'd use peat free too, depending on what you are growing later, I do add some garden compost from the heap, and a bit of well rotted manure.

Some don't do this, but I find it gives a very fertile bed, and it should if done now, rot down very quickly, just dont use too much ( a few handfuls per 2 sq ft) otherwise you get greenery and no fruit.

I do it the way my grandfather did it, others use the commercial fertilizers.

use of compost/peat

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 13:14

If the compost has been there since last year, I'd definately change it, probably completely. Unless you intend to use it for some winter lettuce I'd change it a week or two before you need to put in any new crops.

The stuff growing on the top isn't a problem and is growing as its warmer in the greenhouse than outside.

I'd use it as a dressing on the beds outside.

moving cammelia and sorbaria

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 13:09

dj, they are fairly small, so lifting them won't be difficult, just make sure you get well round the root ball and prepare your planting holes first so they aren't out of the ground for long, especially as we are due for a cold spell. Give them a good mulch afterwards to give some protection from the frost.

Oh and don't prune them, no need.

Privit hedge alternatives?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:18

Aucuba japonica 'Golden King'

Daphne odora'Aureomarginata'


Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King' 

Any of these will look good and are easy to care for.

New to gardening. Need some advice

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 20:18

I'll bump you up the list. Someone will help you


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