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Sowing mad!

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:02

I had a dabble in Feb. with snapdragons they are steading growing in a mini GH in the main GH. Last Sat and Sun saw us sow;

3 trays of French Marigolds
1 tray of Lobelia (Crystal Palace), Dianthus, swan river daisy, viola, pansy, bedding dahlia, all HHA in the house

We'll sow all the HA the end of March in unheated GH

Create your own beer garden

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 16:19

Thanks Clarington, I will do once I have worked out how to post pics here

Create your own beer garden

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 15:39

I should have said, this is my idea for our village flower show in August, I like to plan ahead. I'm exhibiting under the category, 'Recycling' where you have to use a tin can and garden flowers

Create your own beer garden

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:19

A new definition to the term, 'Beer Garden'

Take two soup cans, remove the labels. Drill drainage holes in the bottom of one, and glue (metal glue) this on the top of the other one so the water drains through to the bottom can. Paint them both black (Metal Paint) Paint a golden harp in the middle of the top can, and plant white Alyssum in the opening in the top.

You should have a pint of Guinness. Make three or four of them and put them on your patio table with beer mats,

Re using last years patio pots

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 10:26

Hi Edd,

I put the pot shape bottom half back in the pot, then I only have to fill half the pot back up with fresh MPC. Simples 

Village Flower Show

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:46

We had our village magazine come round over the weekend with this years flower show entry form inside. I have decided to enter the 'Recycling' category. Make a display using a tin can and garden flowers. So here goes my display, perhaps you can try this too?

Take two soup cans, remove the labels.
Drill drainage holes in the bottom of one, and glue (metal glue) this on the top of the other one.
Paint them both black (Metal Paint)
Paint a golden harp in the middle of the two cans, and plant white Alyssum in the top.

You should have a pint of Guinness!

Re using last years patio pots

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:33

I do half and half, at the end of the summer I let the pots and tubs dry out. This makes it easy to tip it out, the roots from the bedding plants bind the soil together. Then I saw it in half. I throw the top half away and put the bottom half back in the pot. I throw in some hort grit as a drainage top up and fill to the top with fresh MPC. I let it get soaked in the rain for a few days to make sure the water can drain through OK before putting plants in, you can always top up with slow release feed.

I only do this every other year, it's best  to start from scratch the following year.

Sowing Poppy Seeds

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 17:40

Like you Lizzie unsuccessful last year with California Poppies, going to try them in large fibre pots this year 

Sowing Poppy Seeds

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 13:09

OK, thanks for that Edd, I'll sow thinly to try and prevent 'bunching up'

Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 12:39

End of March for Cosmos, would that advice be good for up here in Scotland?

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