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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:08

Hi David K - I sowed these fellows about three weeks ago. I'd like to avoid them going all leggy. please can you tell me when it's best to nip them out? They currently have two lots of leaves. Thanks ever so.




my hormones

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:14

What a small world Alan4711. My dad was born on Rossington Road in Sneinton, and he's also called Alan! He's gone oooop market too.  Still in the Shire, but in a nice little village on the outskirts now. 

Yow can take the lad outta Nottingham but not Nottingham outta the lad! No-worra-mean me duck?!

Verdun - you are most perceptive!

Lawn advice

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:47

hi Kate. I have the same problem... new house, with lawn full of weeds. I don't think it was weeded properly before the turf was put down. Also we are surrounded by fields so the seed heads must blow in.

ive tried the granula weed and feed too, and whilst it's good on the big weeds it doesn't seem to tackle the infants. I also tried spraying directly with glyphosate which works but it also kills the grass around the weed.

my most recent attempt has been to water in a solunable weed killer. I was told by the chap at the garden centre that it makes the weeds grow madly and they sort of strangle themselves and the first cut afterwards with the lawn mower is a fatal beheading! this was three weeks ago. They did grow like mad, and we cut the lawn yesterday.  looks ok but I can still see lots of weeds.  

perhaps autumn isn't the best time to do this. Most products tend to say spring. If you do find something that works please let me know!


Any recomendations for a garden to visit

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:38

If you like nice views get yourself up to Frogget Edges, with a nice flask of coffee and some sarnies. You can park on the road side the follow the path for breath taking views. It's just near curbar. 

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:35

It's a tough call to decide that it's time to pull the cosmos out.  The thought of bare soil and empty pots is a tad depressing......but only for 5 minutes because there's always something else to plant....even if it is boring bulbs because they won't be boring for long!

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 07:32

Yep you can grow trees in pots. At my local garden centre they have wonderful specimens (and whopping great price tags to boot). I know that there are special dwarf varieties available but worth giving anything a go. My dad planted a horse chestnut spur that he plucked from the road side, in a pot about 12 years ago and it is absolutely stunning now. Just need to make sure you feed and water it properly as the nutrients the tree would normally get from the ground will have to be be supplied by you. 

Wow, what a sunset!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 07:21

Went to bed thinking about that lovely sunset. You inspired me to look out for sunrise this morning Artjack.


When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 07:17

 Here they are. They're not tiny ones but I wonder if that makes them more vulnerable, or more hardy? I wondered if they needed a cold spell in order for the buds to develop further. All three are covered in buds, albeit small ones.

 The rhodi and camellia are new this year and they've romped away. The azalea is like an old friend! It was purchased on the cheap in Nottingham as it was damaged and left in a pot, then planted in the ground in London, dug up and planted in the ground back in Nottingham, and finally put in a pot in nottingham. It was always a poor specimen and I just left it to nature, but since deciding to take better care of it by using the correct compost, as well as a special feed, it looks wonderful! Really don't want to lose it now.


my hormones

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:29

Heee heee! Nuts go nicely with pears! 

Taxi for Tootles!

my hormones

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:13

More than happy to slap a 'shire' on the end! 

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Dads are brilliant, and mums are pretty cool too...

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Doesn't it get dark early?!

Quick, autumn is a-coming! 
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Passion flower

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What a lovely smell!

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A few random questions...

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Well I'll be pickled!

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