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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 15:09

Is your question about planting out  Primulas, Pansies and Ivy?  I am sure the answers are Yes, Yes and Yes.  Don't forget ivy can go a bit wild, primulas will come pack year after year and pansies tend to be treated as annuals.   Thant's my inexpert opinion, anyway.    Mags


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 15:06

This is a great website and everyone is very helpful.  You will soon get to know who the experts are - and I'm not one of them!  They have put me right many times.

What did you want to know Anne?

Parsley help

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 15:02

I have a parsley that came from a supermarket  'windowsill herbs' pot.  It has done well for the past 4 years.  It is in free draining soil. I pay no attention to it except to gather plentiful quantities of the stuff.  But I don't think Staffordshire will get as cold as Scotland ..................   For what the supermarket pots cost it's worth a go.  I also have thyme and chives which have thrived for years.  Mags

Begonia Tubers

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:53

The prop lid is vented so no condensation builds.    Its a new lid.  Last year I used a non-vented cover and some  tubers rotted. Now I know why. Hope I get lots of shoots like yours show.  Mags

Begonia Tubers

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:08

Thanks, That's helpful.  I will watch the watering!  Mags

tomato seeds

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 10:27

Also Chilli seeds can be kept for years and still germinate. I'm using 5-year old seed this year.  Mags

Begonia Tubers

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 10:25

I've put these on 3.5ins pots of moist compost and they are covered with a vented propagator lid.  What's the best place for them?  They are in an east facing room, in a shady corner. Should I place them on the window sill (d-glazed) where they will get full morning sun or will they be best left where they are?  The radiator is not on.   Many thanks for advice, Mags


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 14:21

thanks david.

Avid gardener with young children

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:30

When I was a child I 'helpfully' picked all the green plums from the tree to help the tree with June Drop, I think I was 5 and had heard Daddy talk about.  I got whacked for that, but my Dad then started to teach me about gardening matters!   

I know what to leave alone now, and a lot of my info is thanks to this website and the helpful answers.  Mags


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:22

How often should Growmore Granules be used as general purpose fertilizer?  I often hear its use advised on gardening programmes, but no-one ever says how often!  Your opinions would be appreciated.    Thanks, Mags

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anyone used this brand?

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when to cut back Fountain Grass?

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