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Latest posts by hollie hock

Saving money by sowing seed

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 11:33

I started growing from seed when I got my first garden. Love it and totally addictive. I do most of my sowing Spring to late Summer. I grow for the insects, so am trying to get a long flowering peroid and something of interest to them all through the year

I've sown hardy annuals at this time of year in the past but would go for the more bushier types of these as I've found things like corncockles and cornflowers get a bit leggy. I'm more into the biennials and perennials now, propagation has taught me a lot of patience.

You could sow some biennials now like Honesty, Sweet Rocket and Forget me nots, easy to germinate outside and grow on

Once you get into it, it's relatively easy and you get loads of plants! Can be a bit hit and miss as so much of it depends on the weather, but don't let that put you off.Be a shame if your greenhouse was empty all Winter.

greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 10:40

Hi Korno, my partner makes these for me. I've moved around a bit so that one has long gone.He just uses pallets, scraps of wood and some thick polythene as a cover. I still use them a lot.

I have had a greenhouse in my past house so can definatley vouch for them as it's great to be able to go in there when the weathers bad.

I bought a plastic greenhouse this year, so far so good. It cost £40 from Wilkos so even if it lasts for one season, it's done well. There's a great pallet thread on here somewhere started by Gardengirl which would give you plenty of ideas on recyling projects

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 08:01

Thanks nut, I've sent you a PM

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 21:48

Thank you nut and granma but honestly I can wait, if they are all packed up and ready to go

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:55

Do you have any of the penstemon left nut?

Books/reading material/guides

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:50

I still like The Expert series by Dr Hessayon

BULBS

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:47

I love bulb planting too, especially crocus, the more the merrier. Haven't got any here yet so will buying a load of purple and white ones

3 things..

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 19:40

When I took my cuttings I just pulled up a few bits, a bit like yours. I'd plant them up as Lyn suggests. Hope they do well for you

Moving a Clematis

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 14:59

I'd be tempted to do it now, just thinking if you waited till after it flowered next year it would be even bigger. You'll probably have to cut it back a bit to move it.

They do like being planted deeply and I would make sure it is well watered. I wont have to worry about watering all week

Seedaholic.com

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 14:48

I still buy from these, good germination rates. I'm finding that they out perform the other seeds like Dr Fothergill, Suttons etc. Great packaging as well

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 11:45

What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 22:28

Vetch

Any one grown it? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 23:44

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:06

Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 21:48

Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 19:52

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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Last Post: 17/08/2014 at 20:27

Cuttings

How long to leave bag over them? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:19

Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 23:22
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