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just had 80 large plugs arrive how long will they hold for

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:19

Just had an order of 80 large plug perrenials arrive and some raspberry canes.

Was not expecting for a few weeks yet and the bed is not ready.

Not sure how long can keep outside in there little containers.

these have been grown in the uk outside.

current tomatoes

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:16

I found them on ebay from one of the big ebay sellers. My husband loves peanuts and can easily devour a bowl he took to eating bowls of current toms last summer far better for him,

John the current toms make sweet aperitif look like a large tom they really are like peas or currents. and you can get 50 plus on a trus which is no more than a large handful of toms.

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:26

zoomer44 its just something in the back of my head that leylandi bark chippings are toxic to plants

current tomatoes

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:18

last year i grew some currant tomatoes , the tomatoes are the size of peas and so sweet. I cannot understand why they are not the most popular tomato ever. They are indeterminate and just trail down from the pot and down the wall each plant gives you hundreds of tomatoes. I was giving away bowls of these. This year everybody that tasted them wants me to grow them some plants,even a few non gardeners.

I am growing red and yellow this year, has anyone else grown these ?


My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:56

I have built my garden edging raised beds from various sites for mainly free. old decking that cost nothing and scrubbed up well made great lawn edging. raised beds for free from used scaffold. the list goes on

Now i have three 40 foot L word that should not be named conifer trees being cut down as they are to big take all the light and are very ugly.

I want to re-use them in the garden and wondered is there any reason the branches cant be used as bark chippings, stumps sliced for stepping stones, thick poles for pergolar and tin for squash and bean growing.

Am a little worried these monsters might be toxic

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:37

fed two robins today odd grubs whilst digging a bed. Not long and they were jumping up and down starring at me demanding food one nearly ended up under a great clod of soil as it fell of my fork.

Thank god the wood pigeon stayed in the tree.

Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:37

Hi Nutcutlet I wouldn't normally over do the muck but the soil is very poor even sodden it runs through your hands like sand. In one border the nettles, brambles and bindweed from next door literally jump over the border and root at the edge in the lawn. Nothing will grow there, tried last year and a huge fail.

I think it is partially that we were seriously infested with bind weed nettles and brambles and spent the year before killing them off to the extent the soil has had it . The neighbour also has  several of the L word fir trees at one end which suck out any life there is left in the soil and protect the weed roots which all then jump through the chain link fence and up my side.


Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:08


Thanks for your comment and despite my last comment I have done a spread sheet height, spread, soil type and sun requirements and best bit flowering period. and a picture of each plant.

God bless excel

Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Lyn Nutcutlett Thanks both for the advice . You are all most certainly correct about the not getting strung-out thing.

Not sure why flowers scare me and veg don't.

I am going for it this year purchased a couple of hundred plants many only small plugs some larger plants. I am hoping if i go for it feed the soil loads of well rotted manure with goat manure as a top dressing. double dug and thoroughly sieving and weeding brambles and nettles this last week. deal with the slugs snails  and ants that have always eaten and destroyed the odd plant i have tried to grow before. Maybe this year it will work and I will grow a cottage flower garden.

Its the one and only time I will have the money to do this I think it cost for plants £150 ish


Partial shade - what is this ?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:15

I am doing well and have been on my veggie plot for a couple of years. I have decided to plant a perennial border this year around the lawn.

I am really flumoxed when it comes to flowers its all the shade full sun and especially the partial shade thing. I just dont know what is partial shade. looking down my garden the sun rises on the front right hand corner and sets on the far left hand corner.

So looking down the left the sun is only hitting the border in the morning due to a high fence and the far part of the border gets better morning sun. is morning sun partial shade ?

On the right the sun hits from the back of half the border in the morning due to a low chain fence and no planting next door and full afternoon sun hits the front of this border in the afternoon. I know this is a sunny border at the other end on this border it is backed by very high shrubs next door so only gets afternoon sun.

I have purchased a couple of herbaceous border perennial plant collections and just want to plant the plants in the right place.

I have done the standing in the garden all day studying the light and shade but still very unsure on what is partial shade and what is shade any help would be great, i justy cant afford to get this too wrong. 

Discussions started by nin

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

good or bad ? 
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Poo, top soil and compost.

so hard to get and so expensive help 
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just had 80 large plugs arrive how long will they hold for

before planting 
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current tomatoes

Grew these last year, every body who tried them wants plants 
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My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

But what to do with my trees that are coming down soon 
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Partial shade - what is this ?

perenial border  
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Slug and Snail slime

whats the best way to get it off your hands? 
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whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

I have both and only one is fruiting 
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Has anybody grown this mini tomato plant 
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Its been full of ups and downs but have learnt a lot. 
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Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

what soil position etc left to me by my Dad 
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Just getting started and had several garden thefts

plant pots near Watford herts 
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Mad veg idea needed for small terrace house front garden

Why my neighbours think i am barking, its a way to meet people. 
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Carrots not germinating

can anyone help please ? 
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Help making feed for plants

Got my nettle soup going, but what else can i do ? 
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