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Latest posts by shazza3

Lupins

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 10:21

hello, because we've had such a warm early summer, all my plants have flowered and are now setting seeds. I've cut down some stalks of my lupins and was wondering whether I could save the seed heads for next year ?

if so, how do I dry them because the pods are all furry at the moment.

thanks, shaz

Horsetail problems

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 20:06

Personally, I would dig the whole lot up and let it die before composting it. Make sure you get all the roots out. if you must have it, put it somewhere where it won't take all the moisture/nutrients from around your favourite plants. Get it away from your Acer asap. This appeared in one of my large pots without me noticing probably a seed dropped by birds, and took over the whole pot/plant, it's a real thug. I think they look good around the margins of ponds.

Looking at your almost dead shrub, when was it planted ??

If it is fairly recent, you need to keep watering it regularly for at least 12 x months or so until it is well established. Perhaps where you've put the Sambucus is too dry an area for it.

Hope you manage to sort something out soon, good luck.

shaz 

 

stocks

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 19:54

Steve, have you tried the nursery run by volunteers around the Sketty entrance to Singleton Gardens where the botanical gardens are situated or maybe the entrance to Swansea Market ???

I've seen a few plants being sold there by the Veg man.

I also live in Swansea

shazza

Help needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:53

thanks for all the advice, i'll see if I can find room in the border for the Courgetts

cheers 

Advice needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 16:47

some great advice. going to try website first.

don't really want to make money just recoup the cost of the pots/compost. it all gets really expensive when you add it all up over the years.

my OH quite ruthless, says I should either bin the cuttings (he's a non-gardener) or charge for all the plants I pot up.

only going to charge a nominal fee otherwise I don't think i'll get many offers.

i'll let you know how I get on.

cheers, shazza

Advice needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:07

hello and thank for your advice.

as I don't have a big family & none of them are really interested in gardening anyway, though I could just charge a nominal fee say 50p or £1.00 per pot as they all have at least 2/3 cuttings in them just to cover the cost of the post really.

certainly don't want to make it a business !!!

it's just that I can't bear to compost perfectly healthy cuttings, it's like binning your babies !!!

I may put them on somewhere like Gumtree (local to my area) and see what happens. if I get no interest, will advertise for free instead.  

think I'm going to have to be a bit more ruthless in future when babies spring up alongside the parents.

thanks, anyway.

shazza

 

Help needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:01

hello, I don't usually grow veg but was given 1 x courgette and 2 x chilli plants a few weeks back which have now been repotted. from the info tag, the chillis and are being kept in the greenhouse and the courgette is supposed to be planted outdoors.

as I don't have enough space to plant the courgette in the garden, it's in a large pot. it seems to be doing ok, it is flowering but not growing very much in height. should I pick off the flowers & pinch out the growing tip as it seems a bit odd that it's flowering but not growing upwards ?? 

also one of the chillies was covered in whitefly so I used an organic spray to kill them off  but it looks pathetic. should I chuck it ???  the other one is doing ok.

all advice welcome.

thanks, shazza  

 

my question 

Advice needed

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 10:41

hello. I am looking for some advice and opinions.

over the years that I've been gardening & growing houseplants, i've taken literally hundreds of cuttings & given them away to friends in work and people online as well.

now as we all know, this costs money in the form of having to buy compost/pots or using what you have already stored from previous buys.

my question is this -- can I advertise small pots of cuttings & charge a small fee to recoup my loss ???

I have quite a few cuttings of Hostas and Aloes that have been potted.

many thanks,

shazza

 

      

Curious

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:59

so did I LOL

we did have a lot of rain but my soil is really gritty, sharp and free draining. if it was the weather, wouldn't some of my other plants have copped it too ???

my lavenders, pinks are all still ok, and in fact they're all doing fine !!! they're all in the same border as the campanulas. 

Curious

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:56

Last year I planted two different varieties of Campanula -- at least three of each variety. One was Carpatica and the other one was Persicifolia. Both varieties  flowered really well and because they are perennial, I thought they'd die back and grow again this year.

Unfortunately, only two plants out of the six that were planted have started to show signs of new growth. I can't find any sign of any of the others (it's not difficult as I only have a small border).

Where do these plants disappear to ???

I know we had a very wet, mild winter and the most likely culprit is slugs/snails but surely even they would find it hard to devour at least four fairly large plants ????  

all advice welcome, thanks   

  

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