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over wintering of cape daisy

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 23:34

I have some lovely cape daisy in the garden don't know if they are hardy or not. Since i live north of border in the glasgow/edinburgh area will these survive during winter or should i lift and pot them up and store in the potting shed? Is it too late to take cuttings ?

 

 

Beth Alpha mini cumcumbers

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 13:54

Hi

I planted mini- cues - Beth Alpha.

I now have a prolific amount of plants and trying to keep them under control in the potting shed.

The leaves are huge and have many cumcumbers staring to emerge

Do i 'stop' these plants by pinching out them main growing stem or is that detrimental to the plant

I was also thinking of keeping them in the current pots but putting some outside, I live in west of scotland. Is that sensible?

many thanks

marion

Laying new turf lawn on solid builders clay

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 18:11

Hi

We have just completed a new build house and want to lay turf back and front However, the ground is solid clay and full of rubble. 

We intend to remove as much rubble as possible then, we thought, if we levelled out the clay with fine stones such as pea gravel of some other drainage material we could then put down some top soil then lay the turf 

Is this a sensible plan? will the turf take okay on top of this or are we being too simplistic ?

Just trying to avoid the back breaking work of dealing with breaking up the clay J

thanks

marion

 

cucamelons

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:11

Hi

I have successfully  planted some cucamelon seeds but not sure what to do with them

some are suggesting to grow outdoors but here it can be wet and cold.

They seem to be climbers so they might be too big for a little potting shed

any ideas?

Beetroot and tomatoes

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:04

what is the best size of container for  growing tomatoes such as lldi and sweet baby. Should I restrict to one plant per container ?

Also I am going to try beetroot this year for the first time, this  will need to be container grown as well, any guidelines for pot size?

I read on Google that the ' life time'  bags you buy in supermarkets such as Sainsbury's  (big orange ones) can be used for this purpose anyone had success with these ?

Aquilegia Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:51

I think I will move plants to a higher position somewhere at eye level for next year  - or bend down more often )

thanks for all the advice

Aquilegia Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 10:48

I bought Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows last year and was really pleaed that all seeds grew and flourished. Whis year all plants produced lovely flowers 

However i am so  disappointed that all the flowers on all the plants have their heads facing downwards so unless you acturlly lift the head you dont get to see the beautiful structure and colours is  this typical of columbines?

marion

jasmine polyanthemum - how to prune

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:59

Hi

I purchased a jasmine polyanthemum last year, it was in a basket and wound round a wire

I see new shoots appearing near the base.

Should I prune back to the new shoots or wait to see if it produces new growth from the circle of what appears dead old growth?

thanks

marion

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:48

There are some great ideas in here and I have put bits and pieces of the info together to form my master plan !!!!

The plan being - at the weekend I purchased grow bag trays, which I have not seen before,  I got these from  a discount store  (poundstretcher) don't know how wide spread their shops are  but they are selling these trays for a couple of pounds each. They measure  40”x  16”

So, I will do a trial run using these trays lined with capillary matting and placing water filled upturned plastic juice & milk cartons with nail holes in their plastic caps. Placing the various pots on top of these

I will see how moist this keeps the soil  in the pots

Then after the hols I can use trays for their original intentions

Jimbolena did you purchase the irrigation black tubes?

watering systems for holiday periods

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:59

Booked a holiday from 13-20 may then realised all plants will still be undercover in the greenhouse ( I used the word lightly it’s a self built potting shed/greenhouse but it does the job)

Therefore, I don’t have any fancy equipment to water the young plants still undercover. (I live in the Scotland so nothing goes out until june), Plants will mostly consist of begonias and the usual selection of annuals planted in various sizes of individual pots and trays

Does anyone have any good ideas of something I can ‘rig up’  to provide the plants with water whilst I am away?

I have looked at water spikes, however,  I have  never used them so not sure how effective they are. However, for the number I need, they can be quite expensive

Between dog care and plant not sure if holidays are woth it! )

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Discussions started by marion mckay

over wintering of cape daisy

how to over winter cape daisy 
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Beth Alpha mini cumcumbers

When to 'stop' mini cucumbers 
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Last Post: 05/08/2014 at 15:27

Laying new turf lawn on solid builders clay

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Last Post: 15/07/2014 at 18:34

cucamelons

has anyone tried growing cucamelons 
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Beetroot and tomatoes

containers for tomatoes and beetroot 
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Aquilegia Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows

Why Columbines flower heads face downwards 
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jasmine polyanthemum - how to prune

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watering systems for holiday periods

keeping young tender plants watered whilst on holiday 
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white mould on phormium tenax

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