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The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:31

I had a friend who died in 1976 (so a long time ago). I knew him as 'Uncle Charlie' but we wern't related. He once told us his wife wasn't much of a gardener but decided to grow some broad beans because she loved them so much. She couldn't understand why none came up at all. When he asked her how she had sown them she said about 2 inches deep. "Did you soak the seeds first?" he asked, "Oh yes," she said, "and I boiled them for 20 minutes before I put them in!"

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:05

I'm looking forward to it even more now! Only saw a picture of it at the GC but liked what I saw. I previously had a 'Leaping Salmon' rose on the opposite corner of the Pergola, it grew well but the flowers were always scrappy, petals going brown before the flowers had fully opened so I've disposed of it, planted a Wisteria in its place and the Pilgrim at the other end.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 22:54

I recently bought 'The Pigrim' rose. It was in an 8" pot with plenty of compost. When I tapped it out of the pot to plant it at the base of my Pergola all the compost fell off & I had a bare root plant that could only have been potted up a couple of days.(I wasn't best pleased).  Nevertheless I planted it in some John Innes No 3 with some Fish Blood & Bone, having dipped the root in some rootgrow (Mycorrhizal Fungi) + a little in the hole and hoped it would survive. It's been in now for about a month and it has taken off so I'm really looking forward to when it flowers. John H

Plant identifying...

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 22:25

Looks like a Cotoneaster to me.

Discoloured Cabbage plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 22:21

I have the same problem Valerie, I bought some Brussell Sprout plants from a local nursery about 10 days ago: they were outside on the benches and looked fine. I assumed they had been hardened off but symptoms now are as you describe. They should recover though. I will add a little Epsom Salts to the soil around the plants, that's one thing that really gives Brassicas a boost. Instructions say don't let ES touch the plant stems, just add a little to the soil around the plant, fork it in with a small trowel/fork and water in. Works wonders.

Tomato plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 21:49
KEF wrote (see)

Jessica, whatever happens with your toms, keep looking at the forum, it's good, we learn a lot about all sorts that we didn't even think we were interested in.  This time next year you'll have toms a foot high. All the best KEF.

I'll bet they'll have grown to more than a foot high by August KEF let alone this time next year! JH

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 19:06

Show off!

Tomato plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 19:03

It amazes me how so many Garden Centres still have plants on sale that are so behind they can never catch up. Not only that, I see too many that don't get watered properly either. Only yesterday we were in a garden centre and came across 3 trays of Calibreze plants that had really flopped over. Plants were about 4 inches high in a very lightweight compost that was so dry the slightest puff of a breeze would have blown them over. They had an ornamental fountain adjacent to them so I just took them and soaked them before putting them back on the shelf .

It's certainly worth giving your plants a try even if they are outside, you will need to give them some protection - if you don't have any cloches try putting some canes around the plants and wrapping some polythene sheet around to tent them in to keep the wind off them or they may suffer from wind burn. At worst you can use the green tomatoes for some chutney as franco6832 suggests but if good weather holds you should at least get a few ripe ones.

Tomato plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:31

Have a look at Ebay: type 'small greenhouse' in the search box: there are some fairly cheap plastic greenhouses on sale from around £10.00 with free post & packing. Certainly OK as a temporary measure. I bought on a few years ago for £14.95 in a Garden Centre expecting it to last for just 1 season and it lasted 5 years. Finally expired this last winter so it was good value for money

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:05
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Lovely pic Bev.

Someone put a pic of Elsa Spath on- I've just looked at it. Sorry I've forgotten who and which thread  It's lovely too with a slight stripe.Had one in a previous garden.

Wintersong- your editing must be very expert then!  Do you like the really dark clems? I love the really dark purply reds and the whites- no grey (or pastel!) areas in my life  No idea what the one I put on here is- was already here. It's quite a cool purple- more lavender. Niobe is one I want to get - never got round to it before. Rouge Cardinal is  another favourite and I will get Romantika as I had it before and didn't take it when I moved- silly me.

Hi there Fairygirl up in Weegieland, I did put a pic of Elsa Spath on yesterday, maybe it was that one? - here it is again


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