Stephen Shipley

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Tulips and Beans

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 16:18

i would start the bean plants off in pots and let the tulips flower then transplant the beans into the pots. i would also feed the compost if your not changing it to replace the goodness into the soil


Posted: 17/03/2012 at 16:15

Are you sure the worm is eating your plants? what your describing sounds like young red worms which are commonly found in manure, and wont harm your plants. Picture or more info might help

Problem with new Turf Lawn

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 16:10

apply a good all in one lawn feed and plenty of water. yellowing usually water shortage


Posted: 17/03/2012 at 16:05

back in the day my grandad used newpaper on his allotment and black bags in his garden as weed supressors. I doubt it would give you any lasting prevention but there is limted  cost and could be worth a trial i know the south going to struggle this year with the hose pipe ban.

correct way to water

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:38

With the vast experience you have i would stick with your way. Every gardener has there own ways. I have had massive problems with damping off this year, and have adjusted the way i water. I know there is always new techinques coming out but ill stick with what works for me.

starting gladioli bulbs

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:33

Ive started off both my begonias and dahlias now in compost in green house. My glads ive left in as a trial(could regret it) I would start em off now and if a frost is forecast cover with fleece


Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:28

I have moved 2 myself and they dont like it. Two different places and both look very ill. i would suggest working round it. Prehaps installing a gate into your fence??? I think wisteria are one of the most beauitful of shrubs. Is risking moving it really worth while??

Allium Bulbs

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:21

I would do something inbetween as i agree with both ames and blairs so i would pot em on in pots and compost and then replant come october. Just to warn ya tho allium are stunning but have a odd fragrance. when you plant in ground add a bulb fertiliser


Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:17

Two things to remember when growing  in a propagator. Limit water to prevent damping off and tht the plants end up leggy if given to much time in the propagator. Two things i have learnt this year. I agree with meiow once geminated transplant and leave in G/H.

The big basket challenge

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 15:13

I think the current tread this year is the red, white and blue theme. A lot of mail order nuserys are selling them as kits. Also white and gold. Depends on personal choice tho. I ordered over a 1000 plants for about 60 quid so i cnt quite make my mind up lol

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