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Ask Alan

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:10

Question for Alan - My garden isnt large enough to have borders or bed dedicated to the seasons (spring, autumnal etc).  I currently have a good 'backbone' of shrubs which give interesting foliage in winter and perennials which make the garden look fantastic from end of May until Sept-Oct.  How do I create interest from Feb to May and Sept onwards?

plug plants

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:04

I potted my recently delivered bare root hardy geraniums a week or so ago and popped them onto my conservatory windowsill.  They are sent up shoots and are  about 3-4 inches high already!  As its predicted to be mild and dry over the next few days I will put them out in a sheltered spot until I find a space to put them

ordering online

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 08:23

Thanks Mark499, just read another thread which says the same thing.  Seems they have been taken over since I used them a few years ago.  A shame

 

the vernon geranium company

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:40

hi All, there also seems to be another Vernon's thread posted that I replied to saying that I hadn't previously had problems, but did state that this was a couple of years ago.

ordering online

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:32

hi Dannyboy - I ordered from this company a few years ago (their collection of 10 scented leaf geraniums).  I found their service very good, plants arrived in good condition.  The same geraniums are now in large pots on the patio (covered over winter) and flower well into autumn.  Have also provided numerous cuttings to family members. Would recommend.  I also got their catalogue this week and will be reading over the weekend to see what I want to order.

I am not connected with this company in any way.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:29

I too have a male and two female blackbirds who often sit on the fence and 'shout' at me if I am late putting their food out.

Had a juvinile male around for a couple of year who had a white patch on his chest and a very short tail - we called him 'Dot'.

After 'trimming' a very overgrown dog last weekend I will be putting the hair clippings in one of my trees, near the feeders so the birds have lovely soft linings for their nests!

Tiny garden plot

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:50

Dont forget to make your own bug houses - these can be wall/fence mounted approx 60cm high - so won't take up any valuable ground space!

Decorative Stones = Wet Garden

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:44

When you say laying stones, do you mean paving stones or gravel?

I have used the water permeable weed membrane topped with gravel which does the trick really well.  Any weeds that do seed are very easy to pick out.

One word of warning though, if you use a gravel which is quite small, dont be surprised if the local cat population look on it as their own personal litter tray!  Larger sized gravel should prevent this.

Another thing to consider - gravel is not particularly comfortable to walk around in bare feet in the summer (and also not pleasant especially if you have a cat problem - see paragraph above!!).  Believe me, I speak from personal experience! Eurgh! (I would say that I have two cats of my own - gravel has now been replaced with other materials!!!!

Spring Onions

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 15:02

I agree with others on White Lisbon.  There is also a similar variety to these but red and look fantastic sliced in salads - just got this variety from my local garden centre so pretty likely to be sold by the likes of Thompson and Morgan or others.

watering carrots that are growing in pipes

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 14:52

We grow all our carrots in a raised bed on the allotment but last year the hubby grew some in 'cores', embedded in bins of sharp sand (bin had drainage holes and we hollowed out 'cores' in the sharp sand and refilled with growing medium and sowed the carrot seeds).  Hubby had a bet with a friend about who could grow the longest carrot.  We watered from the top regularly (especially in the dry weather) and as the carrot grew, ensured that enough water was given to reach the bottom - we were pretty successful with long and very straight carrots. 

We used a growing mix featured in a Gardener's World segment with Joe Swift and a champion veg grower.  It appeared on the A-Z of Gardening so likely to be on YouTube if you want to have a look for it.

BTW - Hubby won and also won 1st and 2nd at our local produce show because they were so uniform and straight and a decent size - cant remember the variety - the same one as recommended on the programme. (my allotment carrots came 3rd! - they were the Rainbow variety).

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Dream Potting Shed

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Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
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