Excitable Boy

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Green thumb are they worth it

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 20:54
KT53 says:

What size is the lawn which is being treated for £16 a time?

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 They charge according to size but £16 is the minimum (I suppose they have to cover transport, equipment etc). As I said my lawn is now very small, probably around 20 sq meters and that is well under their standard size. They will come out and have a look at your lawn for free and tell you how much it will cost. They will also do a one-off treatment if you want.

Green thumb are they worth it

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 23:21

I have a small lawn now  which I reseeded in September 2015. In March 2016 it was looking very poorly indeed so I called Green Thumb who diagnosed red thread (which I had never heard of). They come quarterly at £16 a pop and the lawn looks great. Tending a lawn is not what I want to be doing - but I still want it to look good.

For £64 a year I think it's a great service as I don't need to worry about buying chemicals, getting it wrong and the general hassle of applying evenly. I want to be planting and growing things and lying in the hammock! Another thing to bear in mind is that these guys have access to stronger/better remedies which you need a licence to use and that they use them in the correct proportions at the correct time. Money well spent imo.

Finally got my new Greenhouse!!

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:57

Hi Sandra,

Nice greenhouse - hope you have many happy hours in it!

Unless you are intending to overwinter lots of sensitive plants I think your money would be better spent on a heating mat rather than heating for your greenhouse. You should be able to get a reasonable sized mat and controller for under £50. That will allow you to start seedlings earlier. Some in particular need heat to germinate: regarding veg chillis and tomatoes in particular (you need to move fast for chillis as they have a long growing season) and most flowers and perennials. Remember that many of our garden flowers originate from much warmer climes.

You should get some dahlia tubers going now which will allow you to propagate them in a month or so, also sweet peas, lupins and delphiniums. You can plant most non-root veg seeds without heat although I'd say you're a bit early for French beans yet.


Rotovation - After Care

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 15:24

Hi Chloe, 

Why are you going to wait until the autumn? All that bare soil will be a magnet for weed seeds.

What's this buried under our garden?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:52

Constantly finding pieces of old clay (smoking) pipes in our garden - it has been a garden of sorts for over 300 years so not that surprising really.

We had an allotment in the village once and were very excited to find a fossil in one of the first stones we dug up. Sadly the Gloucestershire sandstone was about 9 inches below the surface and we found that there was a stone with a fossil in every spadeful - frequently more. Rather lost it's novelty quite quickly!

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Sweet Peas

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 12:06

Thanks FG. Have chopped them and they look better already!

Free Orange Day-Lilies

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 12:04

If anyone is in or passing through South Glos and would like some (rather thuggish) day lilies please PM me.

I have several large clumps which have to go as they are too orange for my wife!

Where to buy

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 12:01

hi Helen,

I bought some of these off ebay:


so can confirm that they are good. Very easy to sow - very fast germination on a heat mat at 20C. I think you could start them quite easily on an indoor window sill.

If you are near South Glos you can have some of mine! Done my normal trick of sowing too thickly - they are dust-like seeds.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:01

Hi people,

Can't find the advice i need, so:

I have never managed to grow SP from seed until this year when I bought fresh seed in November and planted them in root trainers in the GH same day. Pretty much 100% germination which is around 95% better than I've ever achieved before. 

I have pinched these out about a month ago, they are now growing fast again - can I pinch out again like a penstemon cutting? Roots are through the bottom of the trainers. What should I do? Won't they be using up all the nutrients soon?

Just how frost sensitive are SPs? If I prepare a bed with compost etc and cover it for a couple of weeks to warm it will that be sufficient to stop them sulking or do I really need to wait to avoid any chance of frost? (I am in South Gloucestershire, Garden is walled but planting area is in exposed centre).

thanks in advance


What depth of soil for raised beds

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 23:24

Hi SandT,

for what you are intending to grow - mainly bulbs and perennials - I would suggest 1/3 : 1/3 : 1/3 topsoil / compost / well rotted manure and then mulch perennials every year with more manure. You wouldn't plant root veg in this but for flowering plants which are presumably going to be there for some time you need a richer mix. The compost and manure will help with moisture retention too - personally I'd mulch with 4 or 5 inches of well rotted manure as soon as you plant your perennials too as this will keep down weeds whilst they establish.

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