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Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:32
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Ted do not know where you live Geoff lives in the far south I live in the north east one foot in the north sea so I would lift them Geoff would probably leave them.
Gardening advice depends on where you live.


Hi Frank

As Sotongeoff has already pointed out I live in the Tendring area of Essex, on the coast so we don't tend to get very cold weather here and our garden is very sheltered. However I am going to lift a couple of the Chrysanthemums out of the ground and pot up in the greehouse over winter - just in case. I was unsure whether they would be happy outside as they were originally bought for indoor display. In fact I don't know anything about Chrysanthemums at all as I have never had any so both suggestions were very welcome.


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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:22

Thanks to everyone for such a warm welcome.

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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:21
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Ted, as an old gardener I have tried everything and the bucket of water with domestos in is the quickest then dig a hole and drop them all in.
The winter garden clean up is a good way to reduce them, search them out behind old pots bits of wood and often under greenhouse staging.
In spring a lamp comes in handy walk round and catch them waking up then fingers are best up and into the bucket. All the weird and wonderful cure alls are just that weird and wonderful pity they do not work so fingers it is and constant watch, they can multiply in no time if you leave them to it.


Thanks for the tip Frank. Bleach and water it will be from now on. I'll just have to grow up and learn to pick the blighters up and drop them in the bucket.

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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:18
Bjay wrote (see)

Hi Pepperted.

I have not been here long. The information you can get is really good. 

I used to manage with a little plastic greenhouse affair and grew hardy seeds using it. I have had a proper greenhouse for a year and love it. I am still trying to get the hang of vegetables, so that there is something all the time.

Hi Bjay

I have had a little plastic greenhouse thingy for a nunber of years and am surprised at how good they are, but got a small lean-to "proper" greenhouse the year before last. Oh how I wish I could have a full size greenhouse. I am not sure if having a tiny greenhouse is a good idea at all. I just seem to cram more and more into it and find it frustrating not to have enough room in spring for all my seedlings, but at least the plastic greenhouse gets an airing then. Apart from runner beans, salads and tomatoes, I am fairly new to veggies but I love it. Roll on spring.

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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:12
artjak wrote (see)

Had loads of Swiss Chard last year (welcome Pepperted) but thought I would follow M. Don's advice and grow Winter Giant Spinach - well the seeds have been in for weeks and nothing has happened; is there something about growing spinach that I ought to know as I do seem to have big problems with it.

Pepperted, re the forum,the people here seem to be very patient; I'm not a technocrat at all and seem to muddle through.

Hi Artjak

Never tried Winter Giant Spinach but did see Monty Don extolling its virtues. I have only grown Perpetual Spinach and Swiss Chard which are easy but may well try Winter Giant next year, although with only a small garden I always get a little uneasy when the word "Giant" is mentioned. Good luck.

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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 14:04

Slugs and snails were about but not too much of a problem this year. I think I must have been lucky. I did use used coffee grounds around the most vulnerable plants/seedlings. I think I read somewhere you are not supposed to use coffee grounds - sometime to do with the EU, but maybe I just dreamt this,

A friend of mine picks up the slugs with tongs and deposits them in a bucket of salty water. Not sure if I can do that but maybe if they are a real problem perhaps I will give it a try.

Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:20

Many thanks Palaisglide and Sotongeoff for your advice. As I have five plants I will pot up two of them (I only have limited room in the greenhouse) and leave the other three in the ground. I'll report back on progress next year. I will be very pleased to get more flowers next year.

Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:00

I was given a potted Chrysanthemum in May this year. As the display was made up of five plants I planted them in the garden after they had finished flowering. I am pleased to say they are now flowering again and look rather splendid. As they were originally meant as an indoor plant what should I do with them after they have finished flowering outside? Do I leave them where they are and just see what happens to them over winter. Any advice would be welcome.

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Posted: 20/11/2012 at 14:41

I have a small lean-to greenhouse and a plastic one as well. I grow all my veg and most of our flowers from seed, sometimes with success and sometimes not. Tomatoes (Sungold), carrots, courgettes and swiss chard did extremely well this year. Runner beans and peas were rubbish. Had my best year ever with sweet peas and cosmos. Ive got cabbages, swiss chard, red onion and garlic in the raised bed at the moment.

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Posted: 20/11/2012 at 14:17

Hi, I have just joined this site and am new to forums so please bear with me if I have started in the wrong area. I have a small garden in Essex with a 27ft x 4ft raised bed I use for veg growing. Also lots of pots, some used for veg growing but mainly for plants and flowers. I also have a small area of shrubs. I avidly watch Gardens World and read the GW magazine but always want to know more. I am looking forward to contributing and learning more via the forums. Would love a potting shed but haven't the room.

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