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May In Your Garden

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 13:29

@Woo Small world - I'm in Wickwar. Last weekend was the first time we've been to Wyevale in ages - they've changed it a lot!! Don't know whether I like the kids ball pool being in the restaurant, lol, but seems to be working for them.

Sorry to hear about your disaster - I have quite a lot of flower seedlings you can have as I'm restocking my garden but have got a bit carried away and planted up the whole pack of seeds and then found it difficult to throw seedlings away. I have anthirrrrinhhu... snapdragons, asters, love lies bleeding, dahlias (these have got mixed up, so it's a bit of pot luck as to colour/form) bedding begonias, sea holly, cardoon (got 12 of these - I only need one, d'oh! ), tagetes, I also have some chilis, parsley (both types), russian tarragon, thyme and probably a few other things I've forgotten. PM me with a phone number if you're interested in any of this as I will end up planting it all out far too close together and it'll be a farce.

God, it is so nice to see the sun, isn't it?

Talkback: How to grow basil from seed

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 09:01
Eddie Craig wrote (see)
Can basil and other herbs be grown inside on the windowsill in the winter months?

In theory, yes. In practice this is very difficult for mediterranean herbs like basil. I think this is because they require light as well as heat and, of course, you don't tend to get that inside in winter in the UK.

Tiny white bits on plants.

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:42

Greenfly don't lay eggs.

monty don

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 16:02

I like Monty, but I still miss Geoff

Blossom Trees

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:46

I should have thought you'd be OK with magnolia providing you are willing to give it a very brutal prune every other year. We inheirited one in the middle of our patio and I keep it at around 4m high, but it has a 6m spread and looks fantastic in flower. Very fast growing though - you need to commit to the pruning.

You might like to consider a cherry tree on a dwarf rootstock - these are supposed to reach only 10ft. Again they are fast growing. DO NOT get one without the dwarfing rootstock as they grow to 10m!

Possibly your best alternative is to go for Acers if you have acidic soil. No blossom, but fantastic leaf colour and shape, slow growing and not too large.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 10:48

Thinking of building an ark....

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 16:27

Quick question people:

First time I have grown chili peppers. Plants are about 3 to 4 inches with 6 leaves. Do I pinch out or not - they are beginning to look straggly?

Strawberries

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 09:38

Snorer, don't take more than two runners off any individual plant as you will weaken it and the runners won't be as good either (just snip off any extra ones). In general you should replace/renew your strawberry plants at least every three years using this method, although over time diseases may build up, so occasionally you have to buy anew.

If you fill 3 inch plastic pots with a soil/compost mix you can peg the runners straight into this which makes moving them much easier for both you and the plant.

You may be best to snip off any runners until after your harvest as you will get more/larger strawberries that way. The flip side of this, of course, is that your runners won't be as well developed so you will get a smaller crop from them next year. Depends what you want, really - jam today or jam tomorrow.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 09:31

I know I 'm going on about this but my wife liked the look of their bedding ("dwarf") dahlias. A snip at £3.99 each!! Even worse is the fact that they were in flower, so anyone taking them home and planting them straight out would have dead or dying plants within the week. A packet of 60 seeds costs, what, £2 - £3? And again, dead easy to grow.

You can probably tell I don't go to Garden Centres much!!

We've been given some tickets for Malvern on Saturday - I may have a stroke!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 22:38

We went down to our local Wyevale garden centre yesterday (yes, it was raining heavily again). (This is the one in Thornbury which got into trouble a few years ago for killing robins.)

BH and I are both absolutely staggered at the price of some of the perennials. £7.99 for small hostas!! £6.99 for small geraniums!! Kicking myself as I've been throwing better plants away! I cannot understand how they can justify these prices. Nor can I understand who pays them - these are very simple plants to propagate.

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