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Posted: 09/08/2013 at 13:11

Have you tried the late flowering primula's "Primula Florindale" large cowslip red & copper flowers july to sept about 24" high there are some late flowering Astilbes and Epuatorium maculatom phantom  try googling bog plants see what comes up good luck


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 12:31

Hi all  My Daughter also put me on to it she is an Avon Rep!! . they are not allowed to advertise it as such because it has never been tested properly as an insect repellant . but the secrets out and so many people are reccomending it.and the reps are advised to stock up in summer. 

Problem with pumpkin.... Help and advice needed

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:57

you always get lots more male flowers especialy at first. The female ones are much smaller and sometimes dont last long enough to set or there are not enough insects about to polanate them.  sometimes I give them a helping hand by fertalising by hand,check the plant every day and as soon as you see a female flower  cut a male flower that is open peel back the petals and rub it against the female. If you are wanting more than one or two pumpkins per plant  you realy must feed and water them extra well , they are the most greedy plants if they dont get enough food they will concentrate all their efforts on the one pumpkin.and stop producing more. 

Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 21:57

Deena put them in pots in compost because you have had them in a utility room you will have to get them used to the outside weather again (bring them in at night for a week)  . then you can plant them when the garden has thawed bluebells and iris are hardy little plants and are used to the cold . usualy when you buy bulbs in the green it is after their flowering season and you plant them where you want them for next year 


Posted: 14/02/2013 at 21:33

It could be slugs they will hide during the day or insects theres not much growing at the moment so they will make a beeline for ant fresh new growth. Its the bulbs that are most toxic. did you know Cancer reserch are using the bulbs of snowdrops and certain parts of daffodils for a cure for some types of cancer 


Posted: 14/02/2013 at 21:17

Hi Jinty Its very confusing at first just read the seed packets they give help like needs light or germinate in dark / when to sow/ etc you must.always take them out of the dark and uncover when seedlings show they need light to turn green and grow. Its still early to start sowing most seeds they need better light levels or they grow thin and spindly  again read the backs of seed packs dont be tempted to sow all the seeds you can always sow somw more  later and keep the empty packets you can then go back to them for planting out help. Good Luck and enjoy growing You will soon et the hang of it  and there is always someone on here to help 

Discovery apple tree

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 20:53

you could also think about introducing another type of apple to the garden to cross polinate and increase yeild . Google--" Discovery apple tree" it will tell you about the trees and what best to cross polinate with

Discovery apple tree

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 20:37

Its getting late to prune fruit trees usualy around september to january depends where you are colder northen areas you could still get away with it. If they are showing signs of buds and coming to life it means the sap is starting to rise and its too late they will bleed and can get infected if pruned . when you do prune look for branches that cross and cut one out, aim for an open wine glass shape If they are the newer grafted fruit trees they shouldnt need much pruning just take out crossed branches and any dead branches . clear grass and weeds from around the trunks and give the ground around them a feed -Blood fish and bone is good available B&Q Wilco or any garden centre

patio Potato bag

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 22:40

I tried this year after I harvested the new potatoes had courgettes squashes carrots  dwarf french beans and dwarf sweetcorn all grew but corgets and squashes were smaller than normal I dont think I fed them enough being in bags they are dependant on you more.I'm going to use a richer compost this year, the carrots and beans were a sucess I have onion sets in now   you can use them  for a couple of tomato plants as well . Watch out though the bags absorb heat and dry out quicker (not been much of a problem this year)


Posted: 29/11/2012 at 17:52

Hi Alan some people stake their sprouts any stress or rocking and they blow (Open) Dont throw them away though harvest them cut them up and cook like cabbage they still tast good  you can eat the tops as well  

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