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Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 18:03

Mind you, every time I buy a plant I propagate it.  A single helenium,,for example bought over winter,soon becomes 3 plants by the following summer.  Shrubs, conifers always take cuttings from.  Perennials are far cheaper than annuals in the long run so not too expensive a hobby. 


new garden

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:58

Those heathers look like carneas (winter flowering sort) to me michelle....flowering now are they?

not sure if that is a pieris either but picture is blurred so your soil may not be acidic.

get a ph test kit.  They are cheap and will tell you if your soil is acid or alkaline.  Then you can determine what will grow well there.  So, test first.

oh! welcome Michelle.  I enjoy heathers too so nice to see them in your garden.

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:39

KEF, second year for me but I love it....unlike any other astilbe 

you will love it Hosta....bigger than others I have here 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:18

Look out for astilbe Shogun darren 

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:16

Hmmmm!  I spend a lot.  Always buying plants.  Have hundreds of pounds worth of plants, quality ones too, in large pots waiting for homes.  

An obsession for me.  Was in a bargain store last weekend looking at plants....plants I ALREADY have and bigger.  

Would not like to put a price on my spending but I may be going into a partnership selling plants so I could recoup my costs.  the usp would be "quality tender plants". The english buy all the tender stuff,,lose it over winter and return the next year for new stock.  

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:08

Ok Hosta.  Got me.    Actually I have a yellow variegated hosta . liberty to astilbe Fanal.  

Lovely Joyce 

Dahlia treatment

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:05

Need to make myself clear here.  Wood chips, esp fresh, in my opinion, does rob the soil of nitrogen so should be used in AUTUMN when nitrogen is not needed.  In spring nitrogen IS needed.  I think you would notice it more in young plants.

I first became aware of  this in my garden a few years ago and talking to a few allotmenteers (?) was advised to either apply in autumn or apply in spring with sulphate of ammonia or dried blood or other high quick release nitrogen feed.  (For old fashioned advice and info these old allotment gardeners know their stuff.  An hour or so in their company was a great education)   It's how I do it now and it works well for me believing wood chip robs nitrogen initially in autumn then returns it later in spring and summer with many fresh mulches

(most noticeable in veg patch with lettuce.  Sawdust and woodchip applied in spring produced slow and pale growth.  Compost or bagged chips are fine)

GD, out  of interest do you mulch in autumn or spring?  However if it works for you that's great.  

Gardening is all about learning, experimenting and being open to ideas.  I try to produce best plants I can, edible or ornamental and hope to help others do it too 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:47

is there any better spring foliage than that on astilbes?  Right now I have large copper/ red bushes accentuating yellow grasses and perennials and out showing most everything else.  I think their foliage right now is more showy than their flowers.  

(I have an almost black astilbe among yellow grasses too ....who needs flowers? 


Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:40

Hmmm,  maybe then hosta.  Always experimenting amd learning 

Runner Beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:38

Pansy, the seeds will grow even if "upside down" but for speed and, I think, better plants I think my side planting convex side up is the way 

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