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Using BBQ ashes on the garden?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 09:41

I think it's suppose to be ok, but I think it works best mixed in with the soil, so as not to overload too much of one type of nutrient.

Anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:09

Are you posting through you phone, as I've never been able to upload a photo if it's on the "Mobile" version of the site.

Another bee question

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 10:47

Definately be very careful as bee's are quite heavily protected these days. If they are the fat bumble-bee types, could be solitary bee's, so you could try providing a new home which they can move into?

Anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 10:43

Hi Azshara. Have you got a photo or more of a description of the flower?

Advice for a newbie

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 10:41

thyme - This stuff is pretty hardy given good drainage and enough sun. Should be ok to grow from seed.

oregano - not tried growing this, but believe it is a medditeranean herb so should like same conditions as the thyme.

sage - this one is pretty hardy (always a good thing in this country). As the weather is set to improve, worth maybe giving a shot from seed.

mint - would never grow this unless in a pot or within an 'In the ground' container as this stuff spreads!

basil - Not sure if it is worth growing this from seed in a herb garden. Maybe grow this in a pot on a windowsill, keep it small and bushy, then plant out after frosts next year (but keep the roots wet in well-drained soil, whilst giving it enough sun!)

coriander - This should grow quite quickly.

chives - Should be ok to grow too.

radish (French breakfast) - These grow really fast, but not sure id put them in a herb garden.

Scotch Bonnet chillies - This late on, I would maybe treat this similar to the basil by growing in a pot and keeping it happy this year, then planting it out next year.


 I think if it was this late into the year, as you can buy most herbs so cheap, might be more productive to buy them already grown (should be able to get them for 80p - £2 a pot) and plant them out. The chilli is probably also better buying already part-way grown (places like South Devon Chilli Farm are selling plug plants at the moment), especially if you want a crop this year, as chilli's are notoriously hard to look after over the winter months, and usually grown as Annuals if outdoors.


 Hope the above is of some assistance!


Another Mystery Plant thread

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:01

Saw this plant in my In-laws little Alpine area and was wondering if anyone know what it could be? They had it as a houseplant, put it outside, and it appears to have survived the past few winters!


Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 12:25

I want to work on giving our garden a more tropical/holiday feel. We have a well-established Fatsia Japonica & Mahonia Japonica, and have just planted out a couple of Coryline Autralis ("Variegata") so it's a start. Also have a Eucalyptus Tree in a teracotta pot which gives a nice mediterranean feel.


 Has anyone got any idea's for any more plants that may be worth trying?

Chilli and Pepper plants.

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 09:41

Don't do what I did with mine... in fact I have made a few mistakes so far this season (this is my first proper chilli growing attempt as well). First, I also transplanted mine in the cold, which they didn't actually mind too much, though maybe I should not have sown them in January.

My big mistake was putting half of them in an outdoor mini-greenhouse and closing the door on a sunny day. Didn't have many survivors, but luckily half were still on a south-facing windowsill and were fine.


 What varieries you trying? I have Little Elf (doing ok), Bulgarian Carrot (just starting to flower), Numex Pinata (still seedlings as a late second-sowing after I oven-cooked the first lot), and Uba Tuba (also close to flowering). Also had some Patio Fire and Apache F1's, but they also did not survive the "greenhouse effect".

Phoenix Canariensis help

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 10:10

Front porch is a fully glazed, north facing porch (so plenty of indirect light and completely unexposed to the elements). The pot is a plastic one, but can't remember just how much I put at the bottom for drainage. I think I will take both of your advice and place it in a south-facing window, then as the weather improves maybe put it outdoors in a part-shade position and see what happens .

Phoenix Canariensis help

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 09:11

Right, I think story time is in order (should have given this info in the beginning really)... About a month ago my wife came home from the Garden centre with a Phoenix Canariensis (which looked faily healthy) which the garden centre was selling off at a reduced price (which would ring alarm bells but they are a popular garden centre so gave benefit of the doubt). We potted this up straight away and was on our back, south-facing patio, for a couple of weeks, but all the foliage (despite watering and some spraying on the leaves) looked to be drying up and dying.

 To help the plant, we cut off all the foliage (as looking at the centre the plant wants to throw up some new foliage), and moved into the front porch, where it remains today. The top of the soil last weekend was still damp from when I watered it over two weeks before (which probably didn't help) but now is just starting to feel a bit drier. The plant may just be in a transition phase of something, but I am new to the world of Palms (we did buy a much healthier palm tree a couple of weeks ago which I have planted straight into the ground and looks good so far).

 One thing that has confused me though is the tag said "plenty of light, no direct sunlight" but some articles on the internet say "Full Sun". What are the best conditions?

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