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Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:37

I've moved it to a sheltered spot with dappled light, that'll be cool for it. I'll see how it gets on. I assumed it would grow better in the greenhouse. It has been very hot in there mind, I have noticed a lot of plants struggling, some of the plants have been wilting.

Thanks for that Nutcutlet, makes sense as it's a type of primula, I believe anyway so they like woodland floors with dappled light and cool conditions.

Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:21

Well they'll hate it where they are now, in the greenhouse because it's boiling in there. I should be able to find somewhere nice for it to live.

How's the rubus?

Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:52

I watched an episode of GardenersWorld and fell in love with the beautiful auricula's so I had to buy some seeds as there's none to buy in Dumfries.

Some seeds have germinated in the greenhouse but have seemed to have stopped growing.

Can anyone help me to go forward with these, put them outside...??? Don't know!

There's a few in the pot but you can't see them very well.


Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:19

Sea what I can do! 

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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:39

Hi Steve309.


I have a few seedlings growing, I live in SW Scotland so we're a little behind in the weather, even a friend I know who's an experienced gardener, her toms are only 3 to 4 inches high, my seedling are an inch up. I overwatered the first batch, so started again or I'd be further on.

Thanks for the advice on the temps though, that's where I've been going wrong for so long, I often thought if it's comfortable for me in the greenhouse then the toms will love it but they love heat, since I tried keeping the temps over 10c or 15c and everything has flourished. Even getting some coriander up, I've not been able to do so because of my lack of temp education.

I've got a garden pearl, money maker, and gardeners delight. From the afore mention friend. They're all in their homes bar one, it's a bit wee just now, like you say they need to have a few leaves on them. Also have some from the garden center just in case mine failed, they're growing away nicely.

You have to be careful with toms in Scotland, different from down south, they are harvested much later, I've made that mistake before, harvesting them too early.


REALLY hope we get a nice summer this year!

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 00:24

Hi, you can buy the sets anywhere, the factory shop, ebay, homebase.


Drip irrigation kits -- the full title.

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:36

They look like a good idea, donutsmrs, very simple. I will look into the auto pots..

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 00:28

I live in the Scotland too, and go away now and again, I love my garden and don't like to impose on folk to water all my plants, my parents will do it no bother but they're miles away and it's not fair on them.

Anyway, I rigged my own system, it wasn't dear but is taking it a bit seriously, as you need a large container, a timer and irrigation. I've some photos, taken from last year, you don't need the guttering feeding the water butt, but as the guttering was with the greenhouse, I rigged it up. I did all this because I wanted to and enjoy these type of things enormously. 

Irrigation kits cost £5, a water butt is £15 and a timer is £10 so the cost is time, and a wee bit of fiddling about.

See my photos

The hose going into the top is from the house so if there's not been any rain, I fill the butt, it doesn't happen very often as there's a lot of rain and the guttering is very efficient.


These timers are super easy to rig up and set up, they come with instructions that are really easy to follow.


I just have my timer set for twice a day, at the cool parts of the day, the drippers just drip away for 20 mins twice a day.

Of course these are last years photos but I was out yesterday, starting to set it up again. Hope this is useful to you.  and I haven't bored you ! 


Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:08

I made a wee vid.....



Only a short vid but it running water after all.

I need to tidy it all up tomorrow after my boring work.



Lavender hedge

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:13

To be fair Rosemary, the gardener I worked for filled half the hole with sharp sand. I feel that's a mistake. He was told they needed good drainage, I've found I just plant them in the soil in my garden and they've always grown good and strong.

I have heard and not just from my own experience, that they don't like fuss but I'm sure they'll be fine, just plant away. I'm sure that some very experienced gardeners will help you no problem, I'm sorry I worried you about my story...I feel the sand was a bad idea.

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