London (change)
Today 16°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 15°C / 8°C

happycottontail


Latest posts by happycottontail

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:32

Some really good tips here - thank you one and all! 

And from one happy to another, thank you Marion for reminding us of the William Morris principle.  Your garden sounds delightful.  I too bought some packets of bee friendly annuals and was wondering if this week is going to be too late to sow them.  I'm up in North Yorkshire so won't have as long as some people before the first frosts.

I've got cream and peach nasturtiums, blue nigella and peach sorbet double californian poppies, or eschscholzias, which is the name I grew up with.  Do these poppies do best in sun and poor soil?

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:20

All my compost has always come from my local garden centre and most of it is J Arthur Bowyers Multipurpose.  I have several pots that are 3/4 full of old compost dating back two or three years.  They are probably pots that I had planted up with summer displays, and come the autumn I would have just pulled out the shallow rooted contents and left the compost in situ.   I'm wondering if it would be alright to leave about half a pot full of this old compost and top up with fresh new compost.  I will only be planting annuals.  

Also, I have a couple of opened bags with about 1/5th of the compost still remaining and unused.  One was opened in February and some of the soil has a white substance on the side that is in contact with the bag.  Is this still ok to use?

Thanks,

happyct

Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 14:43

Thanks both.  The pot is now planted, so I'll wait and see what happens.  My neighbour keeps rabbits and just on cue he came round with a pot full of 3 year old rabbit manure and told me to put it in the bottom of the pot - so I did!  I'm not very optimistic about the sweet peas actually as they were very potbound and I had difficulty separating them with enough root.  If they don't perform well I shall remove them and let the runners delight and amaze me on their own!  I have other sweet peas elsewhere.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:00

Hello, Busy-Lizzie - I knew I could rely on you for a quick response.  The pot is about 16" deep so the canes should be well anchored.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:35

I've now decided to put the 3 runner beans and 6 sweet peas round a cane wigwam in a 19" pot.  But I'm not sure which is the best compost to use - multipurpose, J I no.3 or a mixture?  

Also can you advise on what to feed them and how often.  Thank you  

Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:19

I have some runner beans and sweet peas that I'm going to plant round a cane wigwam in a large plastic pot.   I'm not sure which is the best compost for this - multi purpose, J I no.3, a mixture of the two?  

Also when and how often should I feed them?  And with what?

I've never done this before, so I would appreciate your help - thanks! 

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 09:11

I'll take that as a no, then.

Good structural plants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 08:00

I have been advised to begin planting up my east and south facing borders with structural plants, so I'm looking for ideas for the loveliest climbers and shrubs for the back of the borders, which are surrounded by a 6' high fence.  My colour palette is mainly white, pink and mauve.

I also need to get some structure into the middle of the borders - plants of differing shapes that would be between 3' and 4' tall.

I have some ideas of course, but with your vast experience you can help me to choose the most reliable and beautiful varieties    Fragrance is important to me too!

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:50

Thanks Bob, that makes sense.  I'll use pea gravel for stability.

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:09

Hi all!  I was wondering if I could use those squashy polystyrene worm shapes that are used for packaging, in the bottom of a deep container so that I don't need to put so much compost in it.  The pot is 50cms wide at the top and it is 41cms high.  I'm planning on putting a wigwam of 3 or 4 canes in it and growing runner beans and a few sweet peas for pollinators.  Do you think those plants will need a full pot of compost, or could I put a layer of polystyrene worms in the bottom?  I don't want them to affect the drainage or have an adverse effect on the beans!

Discussions started by happycottontail

Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
Replies: 14    Views: 1011
Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 11:13

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Replies: 23    Views: 2008
Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 04:50

Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
Replies: 14    Views: 665
Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 21:40

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

Replies: 2    Views: 338
Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 22:47

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

Replies: 2    Views: 295
Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 13:20

Muscari dilemma

Replies: 9    Views: 346
Last Post: 15/09/2014 at 13:43

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Replies: 18    Views: 687
Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 23:02

Pesky pigeons

Replies: 8    Views: 409
Last Post: 29/07/2014 at 00:41

Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

Replies: 4    Views: 392
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 21:15

Surprise tomato plant!

Replies: 4    Views: 479
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 20:06

Leucanthemum Broadway Lights - will it thrive in a place that doesn't get much

Replies: 2    Views: 283
Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 19:36

Hebe Purple Pixie

Replies: 2    Views: 585
Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 18:00

Japanese Anemone not happy

Replies: 12    Views: 875
Last Post: 29/09/2014 at 14:14

Agastache Black Adder

Replies: 19    Views: 1193
Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 09:13

What next for my Honeysuckle Scentsation?

Replies: 4    Views: 389
Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 11:20
1 to 15 of 83 threads