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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.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:51

There is another excellent thread on sweet peas lurking around these parts somewhere.

I was delighted to see my first sweet pea (spring sown) flowers today.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:52

I'm a young(ish) gardener and have only been interested in gardening for the last three years or so, no-one else in my family or friends enjoys gardening so when I need help or advice I rely on tv shows like gardener's world or this forum and the internet in general.

To stop showing a gardening programme at this time of year for 4 weeks is a decision that can only have been made by someone who doesn't undertand our love of all things green.

I await the day I tune in only to find the episode's been dumped for tiddly-winks live from Milton Keynes...

Buckwheat as 'green manure'

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:07

Hi everyone, I have just been given an allotment which is situated on a virgin plot in very flinty/chalky soil atop the North Downs.

It's going to take a lot of work to get the soil in to a good state for next year, however I'm thinking once we've done the majority of preparation we might be able to grow buckwheat this season and turn it under to rot down over the winter to increase organic matter in the soil.

A couple of questions, where can you get buckwheat seeds? I've been to the local garden centre and they didn't have any, is it a specialist product?

Lastly, should I be looking for a certain variety of buckwheat once I've fathomed out where to buy it from?

Thanks in advance.

Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 17:48

A lot of my plants are behind where they were last year, but I'm fairly sure if we get a warm spell they'll burst in to life.

The question is will we ever get a long spell of sunshine!?

Lily bugs

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 15:06

Keep on squishing, and try the sunflower oil trick as it appears to have worked on mine.

New roses for old

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 19:41

This is the first year I've tried taking cuttings from my roses, I took 7 about 6 inches long when I pruned it back from 2 different rose bushes (pink climber and red gift rose). 3 of the cuttings are happily growing away in a corner before they go off to my sister in laws garden up north, the other 4 haven't done anything yet but I haven't lost anything if they don't root.

You may as well try taking cuttings when you prune the bush back in the autumn, we all love free plants and it's really easy especially as you'll be cutting the plant back anyway.

Good luck!

Triffid identification please!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 16:01

Could be an Eryngium, possibly giganteum.

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