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Latest posts by staffsmags

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:05

When my begonias get bigger should I pinch out the tip of the main growing shoot?  Last year they just kept growing from the one shoot (on each plant) and got so long most of them broke of. It happened on 4 out of 5 plants.   Yes, I know it might be a silly question, and I can't find anything about this so what's to be done?  Many thanks Mags.

Bee

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:52

You might as well leaves the bees to enjoy the box.  I doubt if birds would use it anyway if you use the shed much, as I think the constant toing and froing would probably be to disturbing for them.  Then move the box to somewhere more peaceful when the bees have departed.    I could be wrong about the birds, of course!  Mags

crown imperal lillies

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:11

I have 2 crown imperials. They were lovely last year and this year just one is going to flower.  They are adjacent, treated the same with feed and horse manure after flowering last year.  Is there any way I can persuade them both to flower next year?  Many thanks, Mags 

Planting

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

Planting

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

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