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Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 18:21


I planted my free seeds in Carbon Gold Seed Compost - ideal conditions.

All the other seeds I planted at the same time are doing well but, I'm sorry to report, the Gardeners World ones have failed to germinate - all of them.

Shrubs in containers

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 23:04

Thanks all. 

I'm excited now to plant them out.  I'll be out in the rain this weekend I think!

Thanks again - Steph

Shrubs in containers

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:46

Thanks so much all. Much appreciated.

There's a Pieris already well established in the garden - plus rhododendrons and a camellia so I'm hoping it will be OK.  It is on the other side of the garden (only a few meters away) so should I test to be sure?

Also, where I'm planning to plant is very shady.  I'm hoping this will be OK for these plants, though I have read the Continus needs sun.  Is this correct?

All advice gratefully received.

Thanks again - Steph

Shrubs in containers

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:41

Hi All

I have a few shrubs that have lived in containers for several years in my previous 'courtyard' garden that was all containers. 

I have a large Skimmia, a fairly small Acer, a small Pieris, and a medium sized Cotinus.

I've recently moved to a house with a 'proper' garden, and I now want to get them in the ground.

Can anyone advise if this is the right time to do this, or if it's best to wait until the plants are dormant.  I've had them all for years and would be devastated if I lost them now.

Thanks in advance - Steph.

Cut down Clematis now?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 08:31

Morning all.

I plan to attack this beast today ... unless anyone can identify from the above photos and advises otherwise?

Thanks - Steph

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:09

Hi Georgina

I'm in a similar situation - new house, overgrown garden, novice .... eeek!

Although it sounds like you have a LOT more to tackle than me - and with two little un's as well .... double eeek!

I cleared brambles first - put up fencing and renovated the rotten shed.  It only cost a few quid to renovate (rather than replace) - so I highly recommend that.  I also bought a second hand greenhouse.

However, it sounds like you and I want different things - eg I plan to remove my one of my lawns.  And I guess everyone wants different things from their gardens, but I just wanted to say, I also set up a 'bug hotel' and started feeding the birds.

My garden is a work in progress (ie a mess) but it's a delight already because of the wildlife.  I'm not just a novice gardener anymore, I'm also a novice twitcher!

And, I believe, if I look after them, they will look after me and help with pests, so it's win win. 

Re your old orchard - why not leave that for now and see what comes in spring?  You never know it could turn out to be a lovely wild flower meadow.

Good luck with it all.


Cut down Clematis now?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 18:34

And finally, a close up of it coming away from the wall ...

Thanks to Nutcutlet for the tip re the photo uploader. 

(There will be no stopping me now!!!)

Cut down Clematis now?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 18:31


Cut down Clematis now?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 18:28

This one is also sideways on and shows some growth that is still active ... hoping someone might be able to identify from this ...

Cut down Clematis now?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 18:27


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