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Buying plants on line

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 21:51

hi all, only started gardening this march and that was because I bought a cheap green house (plastic covered shelving unit) and seeds from groupon. i then discovered T&M - probably by email. i ordered a 36 plug offer in may and didn't know what a plug was. this piqued my interest in gardening so ivisted the 2 nearest GC which were ok for compost. I didn't really have much budget so also looked at supermarkets and diy places. got some compost from there and was very disappointed, and that was before i started reading this forum to know what to look for.

I hunted around for cheap pots (have a small new build clay pit for a garden) but disovered growing seeds was SO addictive. bought more seeds from both online and GC. plus a couple of recommended plants, from GC. I also found the nearly dead section in a diy store and bought a few on my wish list i wouldn't have been able to afford oherwise.

99% of the plugs survived  this so called summer and most flurished. most of my seeds florished and my little hand built raised bed and grow bags provided me and the office wih tomatoes, spinach and rocket for months. very satisfying for first year.

i ordered more from T&M but only their offers. as some one elsesaid on here i shared with a friend as 72 plugs sounds a lot.

the autumn collection was very disappointing and the special offer of 72 actually was 50, mainly primrose () and a £5 voucher and an apology.

the nearly dead  have turned out fab too.

so online is cheaper but you do get to grow more yourself. and if i can grow stuff in this terrible weather, any one can. i can't believe i didn't get to sit and enjoy my garden this year, much.

joined the GC club and get points and offers. bought heated propagator, which i woulndt if not half price, so fingers crossed for next year x

Photos hiding text

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 18:14

Try the refresh arrow next to the web address, i find it gets rid of the pesky ads too

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 00:48
David K wrote (see)

Yes, just leave them in your plastic mini-greenhouse, they are perfectly hardy and don't need any form of heat.



Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 14:31

hi, This is my first year gardening. Started in March.

 sweet peas sown 20/10 had shoots appearing 3/11!!

I have 2 types, a bijou that is supposed to be for pots and wont need supports and a purple matucana. I grew some of the bijou this year and they got nearly 4" high! so much for not needing support. Infact one of them is still going. i'm not dead heading it anymore in the hope i get seeds.

David K , now they are sprouting, do i just leave them in my greenhouse? (small, plastic, covered in bubble wrap, not frost free)  I'm in Cheltenham and its still quite mild at the mo, only had one light frost.


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 22:50

Thank you LL for sharing your lovely garden. Especially when i'm struggling to find time and stuff to do in mine.

i too have a new estate garden, been here 3 years but only bought it last aug, so didnt do any thing with it. It is a clay pit with 3 storey buildings all around. the slot of sun moves around the garden like a large sun dial. only half the garden gets sun.

never had a garden before and starting with a few seeds, plastic greenhouse and some T&M plugs last march/april i now have a variety of plants and veg.

have finally persuaded OH that we dont need a patch of grass in the middle. sick of muddy dog and his paws - plus fits better with my vague idea - much like yours!

thanks again

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 22:18

Phew. thanks ;o)

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:54

I have planted alliums/daffs/tulips. I just noticed tiny little green shoots appearing, is this because i shouldn't have planted the tulips yet?

The cheap bulbs i bought didn't really have instructions on them, just heights and colours.


Sweet Peas

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 19:15

some of mine are a bit like that.

i have tried watering and fertilising more, this seems to have slowed it down. i've also trimmed off as much as poss.

thought it was just me as all mine are in pots

New gardener new raised bed

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 19:51

Ah! Thank you Bookertoo.

No I didn't harden them off. They are much perkier now with lots of sun. I will do that with my remaining flowers though. So much to remember! I've pricked out the last batch of lettuce and put back on sill. I have a little greenhouse thing. could they go in there?

New gardener new raised bed

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:50

Thank you both so much. Susan we haven't had frost down in the south west. ;o(

Moonlit - thank you I was away this weekend and only one lettuce has disappeared and a few other nibbles. They have started to perk up now, has got v warm now though.

I still have a few plants on the window sill and they are 10 times the size, so keeping them there as long as poss. It is awesome growing stuff from seed - apart from when you keep your foot high sunflowers in the dinning room to protect them from the slugs and your pesky dog eats them! sewed more so fingers crossed.

thanks again

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