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My best buy of the year

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 15:05

My best buy would have to be 12 strawberry plants for about £12.  I planted them up at the start of the year.  The wet weather meant that some of the fruits were not good for eating this year but they fruited up until mid October.  I have also managed to pot up 34 runners to start a second strawberry bed.  Roll on sunshine and amazing strawberries next year.

The other best buy is a packet of peas.  In addition to growing them on the allotment and having loads of fresh peas, I also planted them very closely in cheap plastic windowboxes, kept by the back door and used the pea shoots in salads all summer - a bag of pea shoots cost over £1 a bag in our local supermarket. 

Front garden re-design

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 10:52

Hi - I would recommend shrubs such as hebes, evergreen grasses and euphorbia (but make sure you dont get the spreading variety - I made that mistake!), box balls etc interspersed with perennials such as oriental poppies (shortish flowering season but spectacular), perennial geraniums, japanese anenomes, penstemon, verbena bonarienses - its what I have in my front garden.  Along with bulbs etc, I have something in flower from March until the end of October - I am planning to include more late flowering plants to extend the season further.  The shrubs also give evergreen interest throughout the winter.

What a great series!

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 11:28

I agree that if you have a dog (or cat), of course they are part of the garden and life in it.  However, wasnt pleased when my young springer spaniel 'helped' me on the allotment but snaffling all the strawberries I had just picked.  I went to look at the bowl to see how many we had and Murphy had his nose in and had eaten half of them.  He has a taste for them now (along with carrots, peas and runner beans!).

My cat also helps to 'chit' the potatoes when they are in their trays by sitting on them like a proud hen!


The long game

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 15:01

hi Dan

Welcome to the (gardening) club.  you sound hooked - no hope for you now! - I live in Padstow (not far from you).  I have been given lots of plants by my mum and friends who live 'up country' and told that "it grows to about 2-3 foot" only to find that in Cornwall's warmer weather the plant gets to about 5 foot so be warned!

There are alot of fantastic gardens in Cornwall open under the NGS and I'd encourage you to go along to have a look at some of them, particularly the smaller, private gardens.  It will give you lots of ideas, they often sell plants you can see growing in situ and the tea and cake are always great!


Free offers postage only

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:53

I often take up the postage only offers from T&M through GW magazine.  Havent been disappointed.  Like Lavender Lady I have my lavender and perennials repotted and growing well.  Have just moved them into a coldframe (dont have a greenhouse).  Just remember that the top is open and the rain is really heavy today - oops!  Will see what the damage is like when I get home from work

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:45

I too watched about 3 minutes of the Flower Pot gang programme and had the same opinion as the majority.

Will definately try Beechgrove either on IPlayer or sky.

I read the GW mag each month and really enjoy Joe's articles on garden design.  HEY! BBC - How about making a programme based on Joe's articles where he visits REAL gardens who use the same principles that he writes about in his articles?  No expensive contractors to pay, just go to a real-life garden where I am sure the owner will be thrilled to show the viewer around, discuss design, materials used, planting for various aspects and conditions?

PS - Will definately expect a concept/ideas fee if this is taken up!!!

Talkback: How to take verbena cuttings

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:30
Excellent - Agree with Gweno that this article is timely. I have a fantastic verbena that I want to propogate.

Have loads of verbena bonariensis and being in the South West (Cornwall) find that it self seeds EVERYWHERE! - not that I am complaining!

Not so sweet strawberries

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 12:59

Of course, I meant - THEY have a chance to ripen - not ME!!

Not so sweet strawberries

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 11:56

My strawberries taste very watery - too much rain perhaps?  They are also rotting on the plant before I have a chance to ripen - boo!

Talkback: 10 exotic house plants

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 11:18
Thanks for the advice Emma - will do

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