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Human irrigation system

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:03

Mike, whenever I see your face on a thread, I make sure I read and pay extra attention because your advice is always so great. Sending you 'get well' wishes, lots of love and sincere thoughts for a speedy recovery x

What to plant in VERY tall, narrow planter

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 19:38

Clematis benefit from being potted in a deep root pot. Could you stand it against a wall so the clematis could grow with some support?

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!

 

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Doesn't it get dark early?!

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Passion flower

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What a lovely smell!

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Well I'll be pickled!

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