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Pruning dahlias and gladioli

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 13:44

Hi terry

My first year with a few dahlias and had planted about 10 - 12 and all have done really well . You say to cut the dahlias at 6 ins, but do you let the stems die down first like the advice for the gladioli, still a few with flowers on them too ,getting a bit sorry looking though . Any advice would be very helpful.






lets chat

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 15:54


Thought i would put in a couple of points to ponder.

1. if it takes a 100 years to decompose a nappy or carrier bag how long will it take to fill all the landfill sites ??? where dou you think the materials come from to make them in the first place ? are we just going round in circles ?


2. why when i go to my local landfill with my works veichle filled with recyclable materials from work and paying for landfill . They still insist it goes  to the land fill and won't let me in the recycle section , i would still be paying land fill charges.




Do bulbs have a use by date?

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 09:57


At what time of year would the people selling the freesias lift the bulbs ?. 

I bought 4 pkts of freesia bulbs 30 in each roughly this time last year £1 a bag stored in my shed till spring and planted 5-6 large tubs'

I reckon 90% grew fine and had some beutiful purple white and blue flowers, the bulbs i planted were all quite firm and looked ok.


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 15:19

Hi fairygirl

I cut 30-40 flowers this morning and have 2 small vases on the kitchen widow cill and the smell from them is gorgeous.

I also nipped most of the sweetpeasat fence height, this is my first attempt at them and grew them from seed myself and am really chuffed. 

Thanks again for the advice , from all , i love reading all the tips and advice on here.





Posted: 13/07/2013 at 15:36

Hi and thanks for the tips.

Will nip the tops off and start cutting the flowers too, there are loads.

Mummy said she would look out a pair of saftey scissors for me to use.

; ). cheers mike.


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 07:50


I have roughly 60 sweetpeas growing along a net frame against my fence 1.6 m high.

They are now 5 - 6 inches above . 

Should i nip off the tops or just let them fall or break off by thier self ? 

The colours and smell are brilliant , looking at them this morning i positive they grew another 1" through the night.  Any tips for a 3 year old newbie gardener. Thanks in advance                                                                                                                                            Mike.







Posted: 12/07/2013 at 20:14


I have roughly 60 sweetpeas growing up a 1.6 m x 4m meshed frame agaist my fence.

The colours and smell are brilliant . They are now 5-6 inches above the top of the fence, would it be wise to nip off the tops ? or let them keep growing up .

I feel if they get too  high above the frame they would just snap off.

Any tips would be much appreciated from a 3year old newbie


Decking Help

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 09:26


Not being a pro painter , but work with them and been in the building trade 35 years i doubt you will every get the ingrained markings out of your decking.If you jet washed most of the stain from last year makes me think it was a water based stain and not oil based. If your happy with the colour you have now then oil or a light coloured oil based stain. I use cuprinol oil based stain on my shed and planters guaranteed 5 years , and water based on my fences. If you have any off cuts of decking or try a small area with oil or light coloured stain see what it comes up like.The silvery grey colour is just weathered timber and oil alone won't change the colour. Oil based will give a stonger finish and help with the scuff marks, or get them to wear slippers.


pansies primrose primulas etc....

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:40

Thanks for all the replies and tips , got  a nice shady chipped area at rear of my shed to put pots in, and will try too  divide when flowering stopped thanks punkdoc, also give a soak now and then thanks chicky . Thanks again to all the replies and be back soon with my next problem . Mike.




pansies primrose primulas etc....

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:08


I have several wooden planters and lots of tubs and pots all sizes filled up with pansies, primroses and primulas and some foliage plants, my ? is

Can i lift most and grow on in large pots in a corner of the garden for next year ? i need the space for all my bedding plants in the greenhouse , then greenhoue space for my few toms and peppers ect. All the tubs and pots are looking really good the colours are amazing ,i think i will leave for another week or two . Will the moving into large pots be a good idea ? This is my second year with a garden and read all the tips and banter on this site every day. There must be roughly 100 plants , seems a waste to throw them out. Any advice would be very welcomed. 






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