Excitable Boy

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Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:37

I bought some dahlia tubers from poundland this year, but they appear to be dead. Some chili plugs from Aldi at 99p for 6, on the other hand, are thriving. I think it may be best to just buy plugs or young plants.

Greenhouse flooring

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:49

Hi All!

After years of lusting after one I have managed to buy a second hand Alton greenhouse locally off ebay . Soooo pleased.

A couple of questions:

Firstly, if anyone has one of these does the concrete base need to be laid onto slabs or is compacted earth/scalpings sufficient?

Secondly, can I ask what people prefer as flooring for their greenhouses? I am thinking of a slab central path with soil on the predominately sunny side and membrane/gravel under the staging on the opposite side. Or would it be better the other way around? Or All slabs? Or left as soil?

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 22:29

I have used Dunstons compost for some years and always found it excellent. This year may be different, of course.

Buying plants on line

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 12:17

Looks good (but don't they all!!). To be fair to T&M when I complained (by phone) about the begonias they gave me a refund straight away and said just keep the plants. As they were too small to do anything with this didn't exactly help, but I appreciate the gesture. i just had the feeling that the seeds hadn't been sown when I ordered which is not acceptable.

The jerseyplants website has 160 4-8cm begonias for £15. No way could I grow them for that, but do I really need 160?

Foxglove seedlings

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 12:02
Hollie- Hock wrote (see)

--- and hopefully they will self seed as well

LOL, I don't think you'll find that to be a problem! They get everywhere!


Talkback: How to make a composting trench

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 20:41

Looking at the pic again I think they're probably parsnip peelings. (Eyesight is going ). Peas and sweet peas are a good idea. No point runner beans as nobody likes them except me!

Talkback: How to make a composting trench

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 19:13

A couple of questions:

- If you put potato peelings in a trench like this won't they sprout?

- Can you grow other crops like lettuce or spring onions using this system or would it be too rich?

Gardeners World TV

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 17:29

June, I have PM'd you a link.

Really sad to think that Geoff Hamilton has been dead for 16 years - I still miss him!

Holes in soil

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 11:36

Yes, I agree - looks like worm holes to me, too small for mice, too regular for birds.

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 22:03

Like Tivi most of the leaves in our garden are magnolia. Can you make leaf mould from these in a reasonable timeframe? I, too, have been putting ours in the green bin!

Discussions started by Excitable Boy

Target Greenhouse temperatures and plant positioning

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Greenhouse flooring

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Pergola Problem

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