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Talkback: Growing sweet peas

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:49

Tried it before David, they were not good, maybe its the high altitude or the strong winds, but they seem to benefit from being held back until April. I havent even sowed the late ones yet.

Surviving Geraniums

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:32

I grow lots of fuchsias and have cut my outside ones down today to about 4 inches from ground.

The indoor ones should have started shooting, I take them out of the pots, knock off the old soil and check for vine weevil, then repot in new compost and cut back to about 2 inches from soil, they will shoot out and make a nice thick bushy plant.



When they have grown 3 sets of leaves, pick out the middle of each shoot, then repeat when those shoots have grown 3 sets of leaves. Only pot them on when they have filled the pots, they like to be quite tight and never use black pots as fuchsias like cool roots and black pots get hot.


Give them a feed of tomorite or similar to promote more flower growth.

Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:24

Luu, your picture there does show white spots on the leaves but i dont think it pulmaneria.  It will be flowering soon if it is, perhaps wait and see, the bees love it.

Talkback: Growing sweet peas

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:01

Our night temps in the south west are forcasted to go down to 1c next week, I shalln't be putting mine out yet.

Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:09

I have bergenia, hebes,  penstemon, pulmonaria,  and golden/green euonymous in  one of my completely shaded borders, i also have 2 rose bushes that surprisingly do very well.


I will also put some fucshias in later on and begonias and lobelia round the edge, they did well last year.There are day lilys and crocosmia in there but not evergreen really, although they started to shoot before christmas so have been showing green right through.

Carrots, Parsnips - Manure?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:59

You would have a fit if you saw my mum prepare parsnips, she cut then on half throwing the pointed end away, then peels, thickly, then cores it like an apple, I sometimes bring the fat end in and use them for us, still, all the more for my compost bins I suppose.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:06

Does chemical spillage include toilet cleansers, dish washing tablets, biological soap powders etc. These have also surfaced with the sewage.

figs bag or pit

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:01

I agree with that as well Alan. If you can get cheap slabs from b and q they will last much longer


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 10:59

It wont have been birds, probably as its the end ones it could be wind damage, they wont recover, could you not dig them out and plant a couple of nice bird friendly trees, something with berries on?

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 10:55

I inherited this garden in 2010, it had been neglected for quite a few years but getting into shape now, I, like most people, have the vision but neither the time, man power or money to put it into practice, all my plants are from seeds, cuttings and Parkers bare root sales.

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