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How can I get my geraniums to grow this year?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:54

I think Verdun is probably right about growing very small plants on in pots to get them started. Mine don't mind wet soil and the stronger varieties seed themselves all over the place. They do seem to prefer slightly alkaline soil.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 07:19

It's not the seed packets that are the problem in my life, it's the seedlings. I germinate the seeds in a small heated propagator but I can't afford to heat my greenhouse above frost-free so they they all have to come into the house. I start with the kitchen window sill, because that's 'mine', and the spare bedroom, with a little cupboard pulled up to the window for backup, then it has to be our bedroom and the living-room.......

Clay soil improver

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 07:34

You can make your raised beds and then simply buy in topsoil, but I think it is more satisfying to improve what you have. Each year it gets more and more loamy and rich and beautiful and you can say 'I did that'. Make sure the base is well broken up, to avoid a 'pan', then add every bit you can get of grit, fine gravel, composted manure and garden compost. Mix it up when you can, like a fruit cake, mulch autumn and spring and in a few years you will feel like Monty Don!

Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:19

I think you have to see this as an ongoing problem, there is no quick fix. The key issues are light, drainage and feeding and you never can achieve perfect conditions in real gardens. However, you will improve the situation with regular spiking - use a hollow-tine aerator and then brush in a mix of compost and sand. You can reseed bare bits with a mix made for shade. There are right times of year for this but in my garden I just do a bit when I have the time and energy.(I am no longer 26!) If it is really bad or the garden is big, you can rent or buy machines  to help you.

unwanted leaflet

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:04

Well, to be fair, I have had some excellent shrubs from Parkers at very good prices. As for all the leaflets, I really enjoy some of them. It's true I'm not ready for a stairlift yet but when I am, I'll know where to get one.

Talkback: How to tidy and clean your greenhouse

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:53
This topic always seems to come up in the middle of winter. Am I the only one whose greenhouse is absolutely packed with half-hardy plants? I can hardly get in, never mind clean anything. By late May there will be nothing waiting to go out and I will be able to give it a proper spring clean.

Talkback: Wasps

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 07:14
Don't try this at home. Every year, I remember that I don't really mind badgers in the garden when they dig out any wasps' nests and eat all the contents.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 17:31

I like to collect seeds from some of my plants but storing them is a real problem. The shed is too damp, the fridge is too cold and the house is too warm! What has been successful for other gardeners?

primrose attack

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:41
Does anyone know which creature - probably a bird - is nipping off the flowers on my primroses and scattering them about? I live in the country so there is quite a wide avian choice. Is it to get at nectar?

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:05

I put my dahlia tubers in trays on compost that is just damp and mist them two or three times a day. They need a bit more warmth, though, than just frost-free. They soon shoot and will then tolerate lower temperatures.

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