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Planting wallflowers

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:40

I would say bare root plants are fine to buy and plant now- I agree they are so versatile, tough,beautiful and good for insects

Don't know about the depth, not heard of that. The bare rooted ones I bought last Autumn I just planted them as I would any other plant.

When raising them from seed, if you nip out the growing tips they then bush out so ultimetley you get more flowers. I would say that this theory would apply to bare rooted ones as well especially if you are putting them in now as they have more time to grow & develop before they flower. I haven't fed my biennial types but I have given the bowles mauve ones a bit of feed during the summer


Fork Handles

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:32

Evening everyone- just been outside- heard the owls hunting (lovely noise) shed cat is out and about, I'm sure she's doing the same.

Have to ask-what is TGBBO? Don't know of this. Need to get on with spring bulb planting so hopefully it will stop paining soon. Although unlike me I have already planted 100 wilko crocus bulbs a few weeks ago.......but you can never have too many and time marches on.

Is strictly starting this weekend?

Brambles and weeds

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:10

Can I just say that I have plenty of growing greenery in my garden, weeds & some beautiful flowers, and when I get the time and the weather holds off I plan to do a bit of painting of weedkiller on offending weeds and brambles before they stop growing in the Autumn. Obviously it does depend on where you live

How to prevent damping off?

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 20:11

I always bottom water seedlings & small plants. Adding good drainage and as said light & air


Posted: 03/10/2012 at 20:08

why would you want to?

Allotment Dilemma

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 19:51

Hello, I don't have an allottment, but is this a peroid of consultation before the new commitee takes over? Or has it happened already? It seems very strange to me that if you have an existing agreement/contract with the council that this can be changed with out due proper consultation with other plot holders who are going to be directly affected not only on a practical level but on a finacial one as well. If you have any paperwork/contract of when you took over the plot that will certainly strengthen any arguement that you may wish to bring. Even if it's not that detailed- the longer the contract you have, will be in your favour.

I agree- there is strength in numbers- maybe get some consensus of  opinion from other plot holders. It really depends on how much time & energy you want to devote to this. Sympathatic to the cause  town/local/county councillors maybe able to help as well.

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:05

it's a lot better geoff- thanks

wet wild flower medow

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:03

hello cody, one plant that comes to mind is the ragged robin. I bought this in a local market earlier this year. it's the first time I've grown it. From what I've read- ideally it's a bog plant which like lots of sunshine but wet feet. I planted it in damp, clay, heavy soil in partial shade and it did well. Probably finished flowering a bit earlier than what is said about it but that could have been done to the dreadful summer. It has died back but now has healthy growth at the base of the plants. I also collected seeds from the seed pots this year and have loads of young seedlings in my cold frame. They are meant to be great at self seeding.

I've just started to plant some of them out.

I'm growing it as it's beneficial to insects- lovely flowers

What's the light/sunshine levels in the area that you are thinking of?

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:42

you don't mention the size of the plot- I wouldn't go for bleach or diesel. If it's that over grown, full of weeds and you want to completely start from scratch, same as previous advice  I would go for the weed killer approach. If you are not fussy about what it kills, you can spray it all over- might take a couple of applications, it will work. 

Can I just say there may be some really lovely plants lurking in there. I'm not a roses fan, I've dug out a few and given them away. If you go for the weedkiller approach or mini digger, there's a risk you might get rid of some hidden gems. Have you got a picture of the plot?

Lavender plants

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:04

hello, I got my lavenders as part of the free perennials offer from T&M  in May. My interest in the offer wasn't about these plants so potted them on into small pots and sort of neglected them. Put 3 in each pot and left them outside, they have done really well. They are about 4" but very bushy,leaves smell lovely. I'm going to leave them in their pots, pot on if necessary and over winter in the cold frames, plant them out next year.

Discussions started by hollie hock

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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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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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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Cheap veg seeds

Are they worth it? 
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New garden

Some pictures 
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Leaving my garden

I'm moving 
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