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Rescued Plants

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 19:30

I have a growing issue, pardon the pun. I am finding it increasingly difficult to walk past those plants the supermarket's and garden centres have given up on, who lazily slap a reduced sticker on them for a quick sale. To appeal to suckers like me, who refuse to let a plant give up without trying. I know nothing of plants really, I'm totally new, but today I rescued not one, not two, but 4 plants from almost certain death. I paid £8.75 for the privilege too. I'm not sure if that was a bargain or not, or a silly thing to do, I don't much care. I don't know what they are, bar one lowly, never watered Rosemary bush, which was 20p, I don't even know if they are indoor or outdoor plants, but as I'm trying to fill up my front garden space with as many bright pots as possible, I got them.


Maybe it's worth mentioning before moving to this house I was involved in rescuing cats. Now I don't have the space to do that I appear to have begun rescuing plants. What have been people's best finds, that blossomed into something magestic?

Newbie Novice

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:35
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

When they've grown big enough to handle and have their first real leaves, not just the seedling ones, you pot them on into fresh compost in little pots, or saved yoghurt pots with holes for drainage in the bottom. If they are only a week old they are probably still too young. When you pot them on you hold them very gently by the leaves, not touching the stems, and using a pencil or a plastic plant label ease the seedling carefully out and drop it into a hole in the compost in the new pot having made the hole with a pencil. Push the compost carefully around the seedling and water it. Then when there is no more risk of frost you can plant them in the garden.

As for how many to sow (you sow a seed and plant a plant), it depends how many there are in the packet. A dahlia seed is a reasonable size, you can sow each one individually into modules or about an inch apart in trays. Some seeds, like petunias and lobelia are really tiny, much harder to sow.

See I probably planted 10-20 seeds per cell with the dahlias.  Thank you for the advice though... I think come payday I'll be taking a trip to the Oxfam bookshop.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:29

@Tracey, the snail and toadstool, as well as the pots were from B&M all 99p each. I gather they aren't to everyone's taste, but I think they brighten things up a little, at least until I hopefully get some blooms! I highly recommend them for pots, planters, decorations and even plants, my Violas were a bargain, I believe I got 15 for £2. They aren't spectacular to viola fans I'm sure, mainly purple and blue, but I love them!

gardeners world

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:42
I saw a few comments on how they weren't amused at the amount of time spent on the beginners piece opposed to other segments which I find unfair is all.

And thank you Mrs Garden. hopefully I do learn as much as I can do with such a small garden! Truthfully the only reason I was, at least initially, so keen on getting the garden looking nice was to keep our landlord happy. Now it's definitely become a labour of love and the excitement I felt when my seedlings first appeared was amazing! Now I can't wait for it to take shape in the coming month. I love coming home from work with GW to look forward to. I like to think it's rather inclusive.

gardeners world

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:04

I'm a total novice and really appreciated the piece on the largely ignored garden, and starting from scratch, as that's what I'm doing myself, so it gives me a chance to learn a little, and not to be overwhelmed by information, and then I can be in awe of the more mature gardens they show from more experienced gardeners, I loved the wildflower, and 'calendar' style garden this week! Beautiful!


I can see why experienced gardeners find it a little patronising, but I don't think there's reason to spoil it for new people like me, I find it rather belittling in all honesty especially to mock the beginners piece. I'm 21 and have a lifetime to learn, and shows like GW make it all the more accessible for me.

If 30 seconds of showing a man and dog's friend upsets you so much, maybe you could stop watching it, and while you're at it, assess your priorities.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:32

Busy Lizzie, I believe the ones my dad grew when I was a little one, would have been of the dwarf variety, none grew over 4 foot or so.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:25

This is all we have so far! Some Violas that aren't amused at the hail, some sweetpeas, I also have Freesia's and Candytuft, that are yet to make any sort of appearance next to these. It's lovely and so inspiring to see all of your photos! This is my first time at any sort of gardening, and it really does make me feel so much better afterwards!


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:58

Thanks again for all that have replied. I have no idea what type they are, the label simply stated 'Sweet Pea - Mixed' judging by the fact they were only £1 I wasn't expecting too much from them, but I thought it might be worth a shot.

 My sweetpeas are at the back in the terracotta pot, there's one that's already fallen over in that photo, and a few more have since. The pot they came in was a quarter of the size!

I'm not sure our beds are deep enough for 6ft worth of growth! It's a very small garden, and currently the narrow beds we have are covered with wood chips, courtesy of our landlord when he redid the driveway.

garlic spray

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:34

Don't forget that garlic is highly poisonous for cats!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:33

They are currently only about 4 inches tall, and in a small pot. I can move them to a flower bed if required. Should they need support so early on, or is it more likely they've been damaged by wind and hail? My garden is very open to the elements.


Thanks for your reply.



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