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Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:53

The problem with the Love Your Gardens is that it focussed on the lady's story rather than the actual plants. Whilst I have every sympathy for her, I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that the BBC can produce a 30 minute programme once a week without it being shunted off at the earliest possible opportunity.

I probably won't bother watching the ITV series again.


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:49

You can cut the flower stem off as this is of little use to the plant after flowering, or you can leave them bobbing away in the wind and you might get seedlings.

As Doris says leave the leaves to die back naturally.

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:45

On the annuals front my local B&Q has loads of discounted trays of plants that have a few plants missing each or just need a good water to freshen them up. They're priced as low as 50p each tray but you'll have to find the discount section. This year I've bought petunias, lobellia, marigolds, geraniums and verbena all discounted, I guess that the rubbish weather we've been having has put people off buying plants.

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 16:24

I echo the above, gardeners love to see other people's gardens and also love talking about plants be they weeds or not. Invite your neighbours round.

I made exactly the same mistake as you in my first year gardening, chucked a load of mixed seeds down in the hope something that looked like the picture would pop up, it didn't, and like you I ended up growing some beautifully nurtured weeds.

Don't fret over it, it just proves you're good at growing things.

Grapes growing instead of potatoes!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 14:44

Like kate says do not eat them, green potatoes are poisonous.

How deep is the pot they're in? It could be a sign that they want to be planted in something a wee bit bigger, if it's just the odd one or two on top and the plant looks healthy then I wouldn't bother doing anything.

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 14:26

Let's not be too dramatic with the kill everything approach, there's nothing there that a little hard work and knowledge can't sort out.

My first question would be do you know anyone with a few years gardening experience? It would be a good idea to get someone you know to have a walk around your garden with you and have a chat about what you sould keep and what you should pull up.

Weed killer and improving the soil will not stop any weeds dormant in the soil from coming back, knowledge of what the plants are is the best form of defence.

I'm guessing Mum's a new gardener and wish her the very best of luck.


drunk squirrels?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:15

Made me smile too, at a guess I'd say it's probably a drunk hedgehog scratching around and eating the slugs in the traps.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 21:18

And to answer the OP (like I should have done in my first post )  I just used a seed tray scattered the seed over the surface of some compost, covered that with vermiculite and firmed it down. I left the tray in a not particularly sunny spot open to the elements and gave it no attention what so ever.

This probably isn't the best advice but it's worked for me.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:56

I absolutely love VB.

I have a tray of seedlings taken from last seasons plant that I'm about to pot up, my question is will they flower this year or am I going to have to live in hope they survive the winter and flower next summer?

Buckwheat as 'green manure'

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:46

Thanks Geoff, that's the website which reminded me I'd seen Monty Don do something similar on GW last year.

Think I'll pop to some of the other local garden centres and see if they have any seeds before ordering though.

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