Latest posts by Tina_i_am

Dahlia no show - did I do something wrong?

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 14:44

I bought a rhubarb crown, from that store and nothing happened. Also had some other disappointing bulbs that were very soft and mushy. On saying this, I had a peony that has grown okay.

You probably did nothing wrong.

Last edited: 05 July 2017 14:45:00

Guidance on plant spacing

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 14:35

I have a question on how far apart you space plants. I'm planning a new border and want some general advice.

Most plants come with advice on their spread and how far apart to plant. If it's a permanent fixture, like a tree or shrub, I probably would stick to the guidance. But what about annual bedding plants? I ask this as I've planted some Calendula. It said to space them 30cm apart, but now they look like individual plants and not like the drift that I hoped. Is it with annuals you can place much closer together than advised?

Last edited: 05 July 2017 14:38:23

Anyone have/ keep a gardening journal?

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 21:20


I'm thinking of starting a gardening journal for myself. Just an A5 exercise book to start with. With a few pages dedicated to each month. I was thinking I need a few headings like this

To do

What is good


What is new


I've also got a seed tracker sheet to keep with the book.

Just wondered if anyone else has one? And what yours looks like or headings that you found useful. I feel a bit daunted by starting one, but I think it will be helpful in the long run.

Thank you for reading, Tina

Gardening buddies

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 18:23

One of the things I struggle with is timing and the growing season. I live in Gateshead/ Newcastle, which if anyone doesn't know is in the North East of England. The part I live in can be cold in winter but isn't as cold as you might think and it is much drier than compared to the west coast/ side of the country. Long story short, I struggle with my knowledge with coping with a much shorter growing season. When everyone else's tomato plants have fruit, mine has just started flowering. The first year I sowed tomatoes many had only just turned red, I had loads of green tomatoes and some got frozen. I'm sure some of this was down to me starting them off a few weeks later than I should, but it all counts and adds up when the season is slightly shorter.

I wondered if there was a buddy system or something where groups in the same region could share advice to novices and beginners. I haven't lived in the North East of England for long, so this aspect is new to me.

Or does anyone know of any good blogs or gardeners who regularly write about gardening or gardens specifically in the north?

Sowing hardy annuals

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 17:32

I'm growing in confidence with raising plants from seed. I've grown foxgloves, aubretia, tomatoes, sunflowers, verbena rigida, petunias, pelargoniums, trailing lobelia, all from seed in the greenhouse but next, I want to sow some hardy annuals directly. I've always grown in seed trays, as I'm worried the winter will kill them, I can't believe they'll survive, or I'll pull up the seedlings mistaking them for weeds. Growing direct will help as I'm always running out of space in the house. And if I do sow in winter in the greenhouse. I'm likely to forget about them and forget about watering them, equalling dead seedlings. I did this last year with the sweetpeas.

I'm looking at calendula, Ammi majus or Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden', Eschscholzia californica, or anything that attracts the bees and butterflies. 

I guess I need to start small, gain some success and the confidence will come.

But any advice is welcome on how you do it?

What were your first direct sown flowers (successes and failures)?

What are your favourite hardy annuals that never fail you?

Thanks for reading x


Posted: 20/06/2017 at 16:54

I've grown some peppers from seed. Two sweet varieties (Romano and California) and two hot varieties (Jalapeno and de cayenne). 

With the weather being so hot, I've had them on my south-facing patio. It's a real sun trap. But now the weather might turn cooler and wetter, I'm thinking of putting them back into the greenhouse

Do you keep them in the greenhouse all summer long?

And should I be pinching out the tops?

All advice welcome, as I've never grown peppers before.

Thanks for reading x

Last edited: 20 June 2017 16:55:52

Wilko tomato grow bags

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 09:21
Dovefromabove says:

That would be better if you already have the bags  ... but only one plant per bag 

But when doing your costings, don't forget that pots last a lot longer than the bags 

See original post

 Yes, I bought the bags already, just one pack to have a look at what they are like. They are quite a good strong tarpaulin bag. 

Wilko tomato grow bags

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 08:43

How about I only half fill them and turn the sides down?

At £1.50 for the pair of bags is good price and I doubt I'll find two 20L pots for that price.

Wilko tomato grow bags

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 08:37

There's not much in it, 2cm, maybe a few came out slightly smaller and they decided to rebrand them as tomato bags. I like a healthy dose of cynicism Pete8

Wilko tomato grow bags

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 08:33

Thank you, everyone, for your replies. I did feel that 46L was a bit much, but then I kept reading that more space was better for the roots.

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