Mike Allen

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Absolute novice...

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:21


Welcome to the forum.  You certainly have come to the right place.  We are a family made up of oldies, young gorgeous ones, beginners and professionals.  Ask away.  Believe me.  We will save you pounds against buying loads of books.  Ask away friend.

Advice with a planter

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:16

Hi Gramps!


A man of Kent also.  I personally am into most areas of horticulture, (bit posher than gardening)  From your photos, what a grand setting.  As mentioned by our friends.  Yes, drainage holes and some kind of liner.  I suggest that because.  Today we are living in a fast steam of time.  For instance.  That lovely wooden wheelbarrow, might not be as strong as it looks.  Unseasoned timber etc.  Have you given thought to making good use of alpines.  Certainly the soil betweenthe double wall, and taking into account the height.  What a wonderful prospect fora mini alpine garden.  Give it a thought.  I am only too pleased to help.


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:05

I totally agree with nut.  The majority of ground living bugs, are very essential.  From a scientific aspect.  Many bugs live off bug neighbours.  Slugs, although not bugs, need to be kept to a minimum.  These live well above and below ground.  Attacking tubers, bulbs and spud.  Vine weevil larvae are terrible root eaters, especially with pot plants such as fuchsias.  Also if you are growing potatos.  Leatherjackets.  This is the lavea of the cranefy daddylong legs.  These can ruin a crop of potatos in no time.  Probably other members will suggest the good and evils of soil born bugs.  If not, I will do my best to come up with a list.  At the moment.  I am still listing out pH values.

Greenhouse Virgin

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 20:55

I immediately thought of a steam cleaner.  Jeyes fluid is great for dissinfecting.  However, and I stand corred if need be.  Jeyes fluid has a part consisteny of tar, as used in creosote.  A few years back.  I had a nice Acacia in the garden, (Mimosa)  It needed a new stake.  I inadvertantly used a creosoted stake.  Within the week.  My Mimosa was past history.  So, in all honesty I would be creful of any chemical kind of cleaner. Regarding a steam cleaner.  My daughter has one, she uses it for all manner of tasks.  I am seriously thinking of getting, even if it's only the small, hand sprayer type.  It will certainly save me time and effort in the greenhouse, cleaning pots.

gardeners world

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 20:35



However.  Yes Dove.  I remember seeing Percy once.  Pipe in mouth as usual.  Someone had obviously rattled his cage.  He was potting-up.  It all went wrong, and he mumbled.  Ah! bugger it, poked his index finger into the compost, plonked the tiny plant in and almost crushed it out of existance.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:39

Oh you lucky people who have suc spaces.


OK.  Pernit me please, to walk along your garden path.. bye the bye.  Nice to meet you.  So here we go.  Sadly no insight has been provided reagrding the backdrop.  So here goes.  A firm favourite of garden paths is.  Lavenders and sweet smelling favourites.  As you strol along, it is so refreshing to brush against various plants and shrubs that instantly waft out such satisfying scents,  So.  Go for highly scented plants etc.  Remember that.  Here we are like explorers, wending our wy betwen mountains of plants and vegitation.  S we expect to be able to look over and above the closet plants.  No Mike is not going to take over the planning of your graden.  Just stop and thin.  Imagine.  Lose yourself in wonderland..  Forget the books and the profesionals. Be yourself.


Apple trees & Veg Combo?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:24

Nice to see you using the Malling refs. Might I suggest.   Depending on how you wish to grow your trees,  I presume you intend to have the standin open.  Not trained as cordons etc.  So here we go.  Consider the top growth.  How wide all around is the tree going to be allowed to grow?  Immaginary marking out.  Add a few feet.  Then why not plant, sow your veg.

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:17

Bulbs are so wonderful.  Regardless of what species they are.  They will tell YOU when they should be safely tucked away in the soil/compost.  Each bulb is in itself a store hous of knowledge.  It is a wealth of DNA, plus, it is equipped with sufficient food store to see it on it's way.  As soon as you see the tiniest of signs of life, a green tip or a fresh looking strand of root.  The bulb is in effect crying out to you, to plant it.  OK, perhaps you have missed the printed text of when, where and how to plant.  Don't dispair.  Perhaps somewhat drastic.  Say that you have a hundredweight of daffs still to plant.  If need be, for whatever reason time is running out. Just tip them out, cover them over with soil and they will do the rest. Re; Tracey's pics.  Should you have any bulbs already showing top growth. Plant them straight awar, but unlike the basic ideal of, planting bulbs twice their depth.  Now you have to adjust. With such advanced growth as T's bulbs, you now have to plant no dfeeper than the bulb itself.  Thus leaving the top growth above soil level.

Here we go again.

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:58


We live fairly close.  Pop around sometime. It'll be nice to have a chat.  I have pm'd my address etc.

plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:55

Great pics.


I grow some alpines in addition to many other plants.  Basically for me, the attraction mus be.  In most cases.  These tiny plants.  How marvellous to be able view close up, all the minutest of details.  My friend.  Have you perhaps considered joining the Alpine Garden Socy?  I am sure you will not be dissappointed.

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