philippa smith2

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John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 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 

Fours seasons lemon tree

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 14:58

The 4 Seasons is a fairly old variety I believe.  I purchased my "Quatre Saisons" in France in 1990 when I first went to live there and still have it now.

No Citrus really enjoy the hot dry atmosphere indoors.  I am currently in SW UK and my Citrus trees remain outdoors all year round with fleece protection during the winter months. They will take a light frost - this can occur even where they are grown commercially and doesn't really cause a problem with mature specimens.

Yours is obviously a relatively young tree but you should put it outside as soon as the threat of frost has passed in your area.  Keeping them too hot and dry tends to lead to infestation of red spider mite and scale insects.

Birds digging up the grass

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 19:01

I'd agree with Welshonion - birds enjoy a good feast and are far more attractive to look at than netting

pineapple tops

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 16:20

I managed to grow one years ago which actually produced an edible fruit.  Used a hot bed within a heated greenhouse with a light compost.  The top I used wasn't from an organicically grown fruit but I wouldn't argue with Queenti's comments.

If you think about where they are grown commercially, it should give you a basic idea as to the conditions you need to emulate.

Confused about growing lettuce (little gem)

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 16:12

I can only stand back in admiration Chriscore - at least yours have germinated.  I have spent 3 years on Little Gems and can safely report that nary a one has shown it's head.  I can do every other type of lettuce but Little Gem continues to elude me.

I'm about to offer Runnybeak a job as my Little Gem expert

Kiwi help!

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 16:05

Kiwi "Jenny" is I think the most reliable self fertile type.  Whichever one you choose tho will require a nice warm spot and unless you grow it under cover, you are unlikely to be inundated with fruit. I've only had a decent harvest in SW France where they are also grown commercially.

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