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How do I use peat pots?

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 17:44

I think the timing may be crucial.  If you are only 3 or 4 weeks away from planting out, they should be ok.  Any earlier and you could have a problem.


Posted: 08/02/2016 at 17:29

Cats ?............getting a cat to keep other cats out of your garden is not likely to endear you to your non cat owning neighbours.  Just adds to the problem.

Getting a dog to do likewise ?  A rather flippant suggestion unless you actually want a dog.

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 13:52

Jomilton.......Calendula and Aquilegia.......can you PM me your address ?

Lean to greenhouse

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:41

Depends what you want to grow and when ?  I'd agree with have the best orientation but watch the heat build up - particularly if your lean to is on the small side

Virtual Valentine Party

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:34

Someone forgot me........I live in the West Country too  I have no Snowdrops in my garden ( well, I SHOULD have, I planted enough ) so this will be my chance to enjoy them in all their forms

Are we allowed a wish ?  If so, I could do without experiencing Yorkshire's bad enough here


bay tree looking sad

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 16:51

If it is multi trunked Mel you could cut it down to just one and keep that thinned ?  IME that has worked well.

In fact, you could just cut all the trunks down to a couple of feet or so.  They will then sprout and you could at least then keep it short and bushy.  You could still have leaves to harvest for the kitchen.  May take you a couple of years to get it into shape but sounds as if it would be worth it  


How can a certain plant website get away with charging so much !

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:13

Chris........I'd say you were doing the right thing considering the plants you are growing and selling.  A minimum order with transparent P&P costs is fair .

Shopping for plants is much the same as shopping for anything check the price per plant plus delivery.  If a new supplier, you can't know the quality beforehand.  Not many people will return to a supplier when they have been disappointed with their purchase.

The larger suppliers are often going to win re total price per plant.  However, their products are often disappointing, their customer service can be bad and customers end up being disappointed.

More often than not, if things sound too good to be true, they usually are.  A good supplier with transparent charging and the ability to deal with their customers properly will ( or should ! ) win every time

Virtual Valentine Party

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 17:42

If I peer really hard, can I see some daffs and snowdrops in that boat ?  Yes

Virtual Valentine Party

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 17:36

A theme ?  Spring of course  All those attending could dress as Snowdrops or'll be the only chance of seeing any close up for me

I could bring a sprig of Sarracocca (sp ? ) .....smells wonderful.

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 17:14

Jonesk.......yes, be good to know about the parsley

As far as Peppers are concerned, depending where you are and what room you have, it is possible to overwinter so that you get a headstart the following year.

Once all the fruit is harvested and the plant is starting to lose it's vigour (Oct/Nov say )you can cut down to a few inches above the soil.  Keep in a cool, frost free but light environment. Just enough water to stop the roots from drying out entirely. End of Feb/March, check them over and discard any obviously dead ones.  They should start to leaf again when the temps and light levels pick up.

Having said all that, most people just sow seed every year

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