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Latest posts by Leggi

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 15:07

This is the first year in about 5 where I haven't planted any annuals apart from sweet peas and cosmos. Mostly that's due to a lack of space and all window sils and two cold frames packed with veg seedlings for our allotment for our first whole year there.

I think the longer we live with our perennials, watching them go to sleep through the autumn and waiting patiently for signs of life in the spring, they become like good friends returning after a holiday. I think annuals are different in that respect, less of reunion with a much loved friend and more of a flirtatious glance shared with a beautiful stranger in a supermarket perhaps. Joyous too, of course, but different.

Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:50

Hi Lizzie, no there aren't any others nearby. These must have either been dormant in the soil or spread from seed. There is an alleyway that runs behind that patch of the garden but I've had a peek down there and it's just all concrete. I've had a closer look and there appears to be two types, a much smaller leafed variety (which I assume is the English type) and the other two with larger leaves. I have potted the smaller ones up and might keep them. The bigger ones I'm not so sure about.

Patty3, I probably won't weed kill them as I'm generally adverse to using chemicals. Not through any moral objection, just that I normally find there is a non-chemical solution which is just as easy (like digging up ).


Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:01

I'm not sure if they're English or Spanish bluebells but this year 4 large clumps have come up right in the middle of my main summer perennial boarder, squeezing everything that has previously grown there out.

I know in the wild you're not allowed to dig them out, but at the moment I'm thinking that digging them up, or even worse weed killing them, is the only option. It's quite a small garden so all space is precious and I'd much rather have the plants I've put in over the years than four clumps of the same thing. I fear that if I leave them they will take over completely.

The question is, is there an easier way to deal with them other than the methods I've already mentioned?

greenhouse stawberrys

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:01
They are apparently self fertile but need the action of wind/insects to move the pollen on the flower. Gently brushing the flowers should be more than adequate.

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:03
Mine is coming in to leaf now too, but I'm also in the south east.

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:11
Unfortunately they like all seedlings really, they do tend to go for the more succulent ones and will often dig up seeds to eat. I've tried humane traps but with no success, getting cats seems to have worked for me (not deliberately for that reason though).

I'd try the paraffin trick as it's the smell that's supposed to put off mice rather than the pea taking on too much of the chemical.

advise needed

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 22:53
No need to apologise. It's a friendly place, ask away.

Seeds not growing

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 21:53
The weather and the soil both need to warm up before sowing direct in to the ground. Also carrots prefer a poor light soil and may fork if there's too much manure. Still fine to eat of course but they may form strange shapes.

advise needed

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 20:35
1. As above, loads of seeds to start around now. With the cold weather we've had many gardeners are starting them now (myself included).

2. Depends on the seedlings really, but I'd have it open during the day and zipped up on cold nights to protect them. As the nights get warmer you won't need to zip it at night, but wait till the chance of frost has passed.

Growing tomatoe's indoors

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 14:50
Light levels might not be ideal indoors, slugs/snails don't tend to bother tomato plants much in my experience once they've reached about six inches or so. If you grew them in pots it's probably unlikely that a badger or anything else really would dig them up.

You can of course give it a go indoors, but the flowers will need some help with pollination.

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