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Sprouts....a pain in the posteria!!!

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:45

I've given up on brassicas too. Like you say, they are just too high maintenance, with netting, staking, liming soil, taking up a lot of room etc. And then they bolt or get eaten by pests, or in the case of my sprouts, were the size of peas and not worth the effort picking! 

Where do you trust to buy plants from?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:21

In the last year, we have moved house and I'm now working on getting my new garden looking beautiful. I have recently started thinking much more about where I buy plants from, as I am increasingly paranoid about introducing nasties into my garden. Things like Japanese knotweed, bindweed, ground elder,  NZ flatworms, vine weevils etc. 

How trusting are you of where you get your plants from? Are you happy to get plants from neighbours, friends, car boot sales, village fetes etc? Or are only nurseries or garden centres worth trusting? What about supermarkets, wilkos, pound shops which are increasingly stocking plants? 

Just interested in what other people think! 

Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 20:32

 I got a big pot with lots of flower spikes, so that if I don't manage to get it through the winter, ive just bought an expensive annual! 

Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 16:34

I've just bought an Illumination pink 'perennial' foxglove. I've read threads on here, and know they aren't as hardy or perennial as first touted. But I REALLY like it,  so have bought one, with the intention of overwintering it in my greenhouse, or propagating it. My question is, how to propagate and when? Will it divide in the autumn (its a decent sized flowering plant already) or can you do cutting? Has anyone had any success with cutting, if so, what type of cuttings- basal, softwood, and what time of year? 

Thank you! 


Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 22:50

That sounds like a good plan nutcutlet. I shall do some research. Good job its my birthday in a couple of weeks 

Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 22:43

Its quite long,  about 25metres, but with a gate in the middle. Would it be possible to keep them reasonably compact width wise or are they both quite bushy? There's not a huge amount of border in front of it but I suppose I could extend the borders...

Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:42

I meant to post this is the plants bit, not talk back. Can someone tell me how to move it please? 

Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:40

I have a 4 ft high fence along the bottom of my garden which is a post and rail fence with windbreak mesh. Its not very pretty so I would like to train something up it to disguise it a bit. 

The garden is sout west facing, with a meadow beyond, so is very open and gets plenty of sun. There is a big walnut tree part way down so some of it is partly shaded. 

Any suggestions of roses (climbers or ramblers) or clematis which would be good? Preferably pink or white. 

I like the look of 'Rambling rector' , and 'sanders white' which is meant to do ok in part shade. Are climbers or ramblers better for a fence?

Clematis wise, I have no idea. Completely confused by all the different types, and have no idea what would be good. Suggestions please!


Weedy Patio

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:20

Yes, if you've got dandelions and the like, I'm not sure how a pressure washer would cope with big tap roots. But worth a try! 

Weedy Patio

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:50

I've used one of the brush type tools with the pointy metal bristles, and also the L shaped patio weeder type tools. Both work, but both are time consuming. The weed burners are more to just make the weeds wilt with the high heat, and may take more than one go to kill them off, not necessarily burn them away, as they have a very high water content and it actually takes ages to burn.

 If you have access to a pressure washer, this is by far the easier and quickest way, to blast the weeds out. If you are planning on regrouting anyway, then you wouldn't need to worry about blasting out the grout too. If it is a large area, a pressure washer is def the way to go in my opinion.

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Discussions started by PoddingtonP

Where do you trust to buy plants from?

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Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

when and how? 
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Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Suggestions please! 
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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

looking a bit sorry for itself 
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holiday proofing the greenhouse

tip/thoughts on capillary matting 
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'With added John Innes'

what does it actually mean? 
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should they be growing yet? 
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Holly hedge from cuttings

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Rubber chippings

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