philippa smith2

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Sweet potato

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:08

BB.........I would imagine they are simply covering themselves as in most areas of UK  the soil would have had chance to warm up by May. Then again, they tell you that for all sorts of things so ?????

However, it depends on the weather  next year ( as always ).  Whatever, they obviously need some extra warmth (cloche or Polytunnel ) to get the best out of them judging from Bob's experience.  I can't now recall whether Snow's containers were under cover for all or part of the season or outside ?

Hmmmm  Are you still going to try ?  Plugs or Slips ?

i dont known what kind of worm is in my soil plant

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 17:47

It's amazing what you can find using a microscope......happy hunting

Sweet potato

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 10:18

SnowAthlete.....OK Thanks

Greek inspiration

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:44

Vikki........40ft x 15 ft.............a very small Greek island then I think is the way to go 

Nothing wrong with dreaming anyway......

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:29

Tootles.....all 3 plants you mention are hardy and should not require winter protection.

If a hard winter is threatened ( I hope not ), then you may like to protect the pots (and thus the roots ) from freezing by bubble wrapping the pots.  You can also use old compost bags filled with straw and tied round the pots.  Basically anything which will keep the frost from the pots

Natural pond

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:13

Heather......there are a couple of threads running on the forum for Wildlife Ponds which might be worth while looking at  but not sure about the Ducks.

Hopefully there will be someone who knows soon

Greek inspiration

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:07 Greece covers several types of landscape and flora, are you looking for coastal, inland or mountain ?  Do you have space for some architectural features which would lend a "Greek atmosphere" ?  That way, you could perhaps be a little more general with the types of plants you grow.  I applaud your thinking but it may take more than plants to recreate Greece in N Warwickshire

You have the Olives but I presume they don't yet resemble the gnarled old trees which evoke Greece ?  How about a Stone or Parasol Pine to add some shape ?  Obviously the shrubby herbs ( Rosemary, etc. ) will provide the basic fragrance but you may need to help your soil along for these to be really happy.  Depending upon your inclination, you can grow Hibiscus and Bougainvillea etc. in pots for the summer but you would want somewhere to overwinter them safely.  The European Fan Palm may be worth looking at too.....the hardiest one in the UK so should be ok if in the right situation.

I would think you need to do a bit of research if you want to be "totally" Greek but there are plenty of other plants which would lend the atmosphere...whether they would all survive is another matter.  If you are prepared to stretch the imagination a little, there are plenty of hardy shrubs and perennials which would fit with the idea of southern Europe.

You don't mention the size of garden or orientation....maybe a few photos and further description would help others to make suggestions.

Best of luck anyway

Anyone for Coffee

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 18:40

You can also lay the grounds out in trays to thoroughly dry and then it can be stored in plastic tubs for future use.  I have used it as an additive to potting compost and find it useful that way

Seasonal Pot problems

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 18:36

KuJoneses........I don't subscribe to GW Magazine so haven't seen the "pot" you refer to.  I would suggest tho that you don't entirely ignore some of the more expensive pots of perennial plants.  If you like the look of the plant ...say a Heuchera.....have a careful look at it.  If it is a good bushy specimen, then there is every chance you can divide it and gain 3 or 4 plants for the price of one.

Remember too that you need to look at the max size each plant will grow will need to pot on at some point if they do well ( which hopefully they will)  What you buy as an ideal size now will  (unless just annuals ) eventually outgrow your chosen pot/window box and will need a revamp in a couple of years.  Even bulbs will become crowded at some point.

So many of the "ready planted pots" are sold for instant impact .  Nothing wrong with that but a tad expensive.  You could do far better by doing as Lyn suggests but also a couple of judicious buys of bigger plants gives you more options for the future.

Hope you enjoy a colourful Spring anyway

mysterious plant in my garden!

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:20

Don't know what it is but it isn't Nicandra

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