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My Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:30

Looks lovely Scott. Really pretty.

Onions and potatoes

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:22

Anything from two to four weeks in my experience. Depends how deep you planted and the position. Don't be tempted to over water or they will rot. the spuds will show signs of quite dark leaves, easily missed on soil. Onions can start off slowly but often rocket once they get going.  Good luck! Hope you enjoy the wait!

Struggling azeleas

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:19

Hi philip, I find that azaleas often take quite a bit of time to settle in.  mine took around two years before it looked settled and healthy. mine also sounded just as you described but it's fine now. Suggest good watering, but not over watering, and perhaps a gentle feed with specialist azalea feed. They are one of the few plants I use specialist feed on. Hope yours recovers.

 

Mushroom!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:14

Hello Loganberry Hut, have you put new compost down? The spores often come from new compost. Also, folk go crazy (in a positive way,) for mushroom compost because it has great elements in for growing. In the old days, you could get it for free but savvy mushroom growers cottoned on and you have to pay for it these days.  Anyhow, I had lots last years and they did no harm at all.  If I had a dull ten mins I pulled them out, but they caused no bother.  

Osteospermum problem

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:48

they are really easy to pull out as the roots don't seem to be very deep. I removed some and found that it was like a hotel for slugs underneath! Never seen so many in one spot before....or since!

Best companion plant for Strawberry's?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:06

Hi, give marigolds a go. They deter pests and also attract pollinating bees which will be essential for a good strawberry crop. Also, lettuce as tour baskets will be off the ground and away from slugs. You can also grow baby spring onions as the scent deters pests too.  Show us some photos when planted up. Would love to see how you get on. 

Greenhouse

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 05:57

thanks for the lovely comments. it was a bit of a bargain off ebay. for me, a greenhouse is so much more than somewhere to grow plants. I can't tell you the pleasure I get from just sitting in there with the radio, cat, newspaper, cup of tea etc. I do four hours of commuting (2 hrs each way) every day, and it's the thought of getting back to see what's growing and just peace and quiet that often keeps my going!  Hope you find the right layout for you!

Vegetables

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:24

Hi willo, you'll have to be quick with buying your tattles as a lot of garden centres stop selling about now.  There were only a few left in the garden centre I went to today. Suggest main crop and get them in anytime from now or over the next couple of weeks. Try and get some that have chitted. Put them in about a hand widths deep and cover with a little soil. As the see the green foliage come through cover with more soil to encourage more growth. 

You can sow carrot seeds direct if it's warm where you are.  Suggest planting some onion or garlic alongside to discourage carrot fly, if you can get hold of any as quite late to plant onion and garlic now....unless you try spring onion by seed. 

I'm sure there are lots of tips to add, but these are the basics that I follow and always have a bumper crop of both. Good luck!

 

Greenhouse

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:29

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Hi Lindy56

I chose to have staging down one side for all of my pot plants and seeds, a potting bench at the far end, and then a bed down the other side so that I can grow cucumbers, tomatoes etc in the ground.  I shift the potting bench under the staging when spring is over for a bit more room. I find this layout works for me as gives me the best of both worlds regards growing in pots and in the ground. It took me quite a bit of planning with the slabs, but I got there in the end. It's my second year with it and I LOVE it!!

Moving a Rhododendron

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:18

If you disturb the roots whilst it's in flower the flowers will probably drop off. It won't kill the plant though and it should flower again next year.

 

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Soggy Discentra

Root purchased from wilko's 
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Beetroot

Is it too early to put these babies outside? 
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Seed germination - any hope for ones sown too early?

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Simple question alert!

Raspberry canes? 
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Gardener come.....

......hard working....... 
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Has anyone ordered from clematis man website before? 
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I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Some random ones that I'd love to get advice on.. 
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Roll on Friday! 
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Beautiful - are they for a purpose or just because they are lovely... 
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Basic question alert - green beans!

What do I do with the tips. 
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Pesky mushrooms...

...good in a spag bol... but what about with my strawberries?  
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Last Post: 30/05/2013 at 23:21

Kohl rabi

Is it best to grow it outside or in the greenhouse? 
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Last Post: 26/05/2013 at 19:05

The price of compost

Just wondered how much to pay? 
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Last Post: 23/04/2013 at 17:40

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Want to invest in one but not sure what type. 
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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:02

Have you put your potatoes in yet?

In two minds whether to stick them in or wait..... 
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