philippa smith2

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Palm problem

Posted: Yesterday at 17:59

Not a problem - immature leaves look like that.  They will green up as they get older.

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummulria)

Posted: Yesterday at 16:07

The golden form is more attractive but as above, it can travel miles if you aren't careful.  It is best used at the pond side - tends to lose heart once in actual water ( at least that is my experience ) but certainly needs keeping an eye on.  In retrospect, there are better plants to be used in this situation but as you already have these plants, Hostafan's advice to proceed with caution is certainly valid.

John innes no 1

Posted: Yesterday at 15:59 I hearing correctly ?  You are FRYING bacon ?  In this day and age, you can only grill it surely ?  It's the only PC way

Very naughty of you to be making a bacon sandwich now as I can practically smell it from here and it is making me feel hungry. Bacon, olive oil, JInnes no. 1 ( or are we on 2 or 3 now ? ) in a sandwich - can't get better than that

Dwarf runner beans

Posted: Yesterday at 15:35

Must admit I've never pinched out my Dwarf beans and I grow several varieties.  Started off in cells, potted on until early May and then planted in ground outside.

Still eating the remainder of the excess I froze last year so heaven knows why I persist in growing too many every year

Butternut squash

Posted: Yesterday at 15:31

You will only get away with one Squash in a pot the size you mention and even that is debateable if you want the fruit to mature. Hungry, moisture loving plants they are best grown in the ground.  You would require something the size of those black Dalek composters ( turned upside down ) to obtain a decent harvest from a couple of plants.

Actually, you don't say the type of squash you are growing......summer ones or those you wish to store over winter ?  

John innes no 1

Posted: Yesterday at 15:18

Noviceherbs...........I could think of several things in answer to " what can I do with a small bag of John Innes No. 1 " none of which relate to planting and you can probably guess some of them.

Perhaps you should just give up on any attempt at gardening and expend your energy and time on something completely different.

Bungee jumping, caving, trotting across the Sahara on a camel - oodles of things you could try instead

10/10 for being The Most Irritating person tho - credit where credit is due after all.

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:57

Best thing would probably be a compost toilet - truly organic and I believe there are videos/info online. It would give you something to consider rather than constantly asking inane questions every few minutes and repeating yourself on each thread.

If you are genuine, then I apologise and can only suggest you start reading and gathering info to help you. Specific queries will elicit specific advice - general rubbish will not and becomes irritating in the extreme.

For heavens sake, just plant something and see what happens.If it doesn't work - try again.  If it does, you've learned something.- make a note and do the same next year.

Less time farting about on the computer = more time in the garden.  Take advantage.

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:29

I'm sure you know what conditions they require so forgive me asking whether where you are planting them is suitable ?

Do you buy them from the GC when they are in full leaf ?

I can certainly sympathise as I have exactly the same problem with Snowdrops - last year I bought in the region of 100 bulbs in the green from a bulb supplier.  Whilst accepting that some were probably too small to flower, I've not seen any results.  In desperation, I purchased 3 pots from a GC earlier this year - they were flowering - but then the slugs/snails got them - so annoying

My Lilly of the Valley which I transplanted from a previous garden are doing well and showing flower spikes now.

Some you win, some you lose.  Not particularly helpful I know but maybe someone else can give you a few pointers.

Hopefully we will not be having to visit you in Holloway in the future 

General Questions

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 20:38

If you are based in the UK then the unpredictable weather is a given - the unpredictabilty is predictable

Potting grit will not stop airborne weeds - check your pots regularly and pull out anything which has nothing to do with your actual plant.

Grit may deter some slugs/snails but is not a foolproof method - if it was, there would be no need for all these other anti slug/snail products would there ?

Grit your teeth, plant your herbs, use your nous and I'm sure you will end up with something for your efforts. 

General Questions

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:42

NoviceHerbs.......perhaps if you divided the herbs into some general groups such as Annuals, Perennials and shrubs and looked up their origins ( which gives you an idea of the conditions they require ), it may well make your task easier.

It's also a good idea to start by growing those herbs you expect to use - culinary or otherwise and then expand your range to suit your tastes and knowledge.

The composition of your planting medium could easily be worked out if you look at each type of herb - you will inevitably make mistakes ( all gardeners are guilty of that ) but make a note of your failures and learn from them.

Follow Pansyface's advice and get yourself a good book and then experiment.  If you have specific problems or queries, you will find that someone on here will be happy to offer advice based on their own experience.

Your particular location and conditions, expertise  and time you have to look after your plants will no doubt differ from others - you will need to learn how to adapt your growing regime to suit your own situation.  All part of gardening 

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