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Advice please

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 06:41

Hi, many thanks for this but isn't a cold frame different to a growhouse as a cold frame sits directly on the ground / earth whereas my growhouse is on legs and stands on the patio therefore a little more open? Does that make a difference or not? 

Advice please

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 19:22

hi everyone, some of you may have read my earlier messages and know that I have started growing things from seeds and cuttings as I now have a small growhouse ( unseated). I now have here's, pier is, euonymus and a couple of roses - all are still very small but appear to have taken. My question is - should I leave them in the growhouse over winter? Thanks

Am I just being impatient?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 18:14

Many thanks for the advice Buttercupdays - great to hear that I am not alone in getting excited about seeing the seedlings coming up. The milk carton idea sounds interesting πŸ˜€

Am I just being impatient?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 22:28

Thanks Nutcutlet

Am learning all the time, as I said this was my first year of growing from seed - as these are plants I want in my garden I was pleased to see the seeds, just glanced at the packet to see when they could be sown and did the same as I had with the other seeds that had grown.

think I need to do a bit of research in future when thinking of what to grow. The trouble iS, now I have started with seeds and taking cuttings etc I just want to grow everything and not have to wait.

really exciting g though watching things grow from seed rather than always buying ready formed plants - trouble is I will run out of space in the garden!

thanks for your reply

Am I just being impatient?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 20:37


At Christmas I was given a small growhouse and this has opened up a whole new side to gardening for me. For the first time yet, I grew all the plants for my hanging baskets from seed (starting in propagators on the window sill) And some plants such as cosmos and verbena πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

I then grew brave and have grown Rosemary, dogwood, lavender, sedums from cuttings, giving some protection initially. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

I then bought some heliborus and aquilegia seeds. I planted them all at the end of May and once again started them in the house. The aquilegia packet said they would take 3 months to germinate and the heliborus18 months! ( didn't read the packet until I got homeπŸ˜•) The thing is , there is no sign of anything happening with either set of seeds - not expecting heliboruS to start yet but should I give up with aquilegia or am I just being impatient?  We went away for 10 days in the summer and they were all quite dry when I got home - could this be the problem?  Should I just start again ? Maybe some diffferent seeds? - although I do want both of these plants for the garden - - any suggestions please?

Help please - dying plants

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 20:05

Hi, apologies for delay. Hope this works- first time I have sent pictures so hope this works ! Do't know why they have joined together...

2 pictures here. As you can see one very healthy pachysandra and one not. Along with a very poorly siraccoocca. Have been very healthy until this year - any thoughts please? Do they need replacing or is there something more sinister that may affect other plants?

On a positive note though I have a weigela that has more flowers on than at any time in the past few years πŸ˜„

Help please - dying plants

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 20:19

hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can advise - I have a sracocca confusia which is dying - leaves dying off from bottom upwards. The nearby siracocca hookerina looks reasonably healthy but is developing one or two yellowing leaves - I hope that isn't dying too. The plants are about 4-5 years old. Also, close to them are two well established pachysandras. The one closest to the siracocca is fine and thriving but the one slightly further away has almost died - almost overnight!☹️ Has anyone any idea what is happening, should I remove and replace the dying plants or is there something nasty happening in the whole area. All other plants there look fine.

any advice gratefully received. Thank you, 

Where to start

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 10:40

Hi everyone, thanks for your fast responses - it seems I need to be patient for a while longer. Thanks for the tips, think I will probably try plug plants first then try seeds next year when I may have a little more time. In the meanwhile I will have to be content looking through magazines / catalogues to decide what to order. 

Marygold - thanks for the wind warning, I have a wooden grow house so hopefully that won't blow away! - although I have had to fix a catch to the door as the magnet didn't hold it in the wind. 

Where to start

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 21:46

hi everyone

I have been given a small growhouse for Christmas, can't wait to start using it but - where and what to start with? Thought of starting plants for my hanging baskets but do I start with seeds or plug plants? When should I start planting anything to keep in it? 

really grateful for any suggestions

Hedge query

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:24

Thanks - will do! 

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