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Buying spring bulbs online

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 21:40

I've always taken advantage of the special offers in GW mag who usually use T & M- although not spring bulbs, their lillies have all grown and been excellent this year despite the weather. Also purchased gladioli and they wouild have done really well if it wasn't for caterpillars eating their leaves   

Bulbs like daffs, crocus and tulips I've purchased locally from GC, wilkinson's, Aldi and Lidl - you can see the bulbs and there's no P & P.      

Mine have mostly been planted in pots. Planting at the right depth improves the chances of the bulbs growing. FB and B mixed in the compost at the bottom of the pot also helps, along with perlite and a good watering at the time of planting. They are then put in a spot out of direct sunlight and forgotten about until bulbs start appearing in the garden-usually crocus first and then all the pots are brought out from their winter hiding place.

My spring bulbs did really well this year.  

Gw subscription

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:42

I find it a good read but like bookertoo can see why it would become repetative after few years, I've been getting it for 2 - 3 years now. I've found it well worth the cost just for the special offers, love the middle section and the bit which tells you about someone elses garden....actually there's not much I don't like 

Money well spent - Jem    

really need help

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 22:20

Andyhux- firstly your garden has loads of potential. Plenty of hard land scaping for paths and patio, and a defined fence.

I agree with everything which has been said and would add, whilst you are doing the tasks suggested think ahead to next year- painting the fence will brighten up the area and often at the end of summer paint for fences can be picked up cheaply especially if they have dents in the tin, painting can be a job for the spring, you will be suprised how far a tub of fencing paint costing £10 will go and the feel good factor is a bonus when you sit back and take in your hard work... on the patio with the children.  

You have lots of pots with plants in, not looking at their best at present, decide what you don't want by way of plants, empty the pots,  give them a good clean and stack in a safe place for plants you will buy at the end of the summer or in spring or obtain through recycle, friends and family . 

 

really need help

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 22:16

Andyhux- firstly your garden has loads of potential. Plenty of hard land scaping for paths and patio, and a defined fence.

I agree with everything which has been said and would add, whilst you are doing the tasks suggested think ahead to next year- painting the fence will brighten up the area and often at the end of summer paint for fences can be picked up cheaply especially if they have dents in the tin, painting can be a job for the spring, you will be suprised how far a tub of paint costing £10 will go and the feel good factor is a bonus when you sit back and take in your hard work... on the patio with the children.  

You have lots of pots with plants in, not looking at their best at present, decide what you don't want by way of plants, empty the pots,  give them a good clean and stack in a safe place for plants you will buy at the end of the summer or in spring or obtain through recycle, friends and family . 

 

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 18:29

Usually going for the cheapest, I've tried four different one's this year as the first batch was rubbish.

Lidl's compost initally seemed good, very black, smelled ok, well rotted down and had very little if any debris in it. Potted plants- veg and flowers- have done well and it's held water. After a few weeks though when the remaining opened bag was used, although sealed at the top with pegs there was a strong smell of amonia, made a mental note if using Lidl compost to use it ASAP.

No complaints with Murphy's compost, used 3 bags. Slightly more expensive than what I would spend but bought 3 for the price of 2.   

Greenline from Aldi-usually very reliable was ok, did have woody bits in and some plastic but on balance would purchase it again.

I mixed bought compost though with home made compost, (until it ran out) and added FBB or growmore depending on what was going in the pot. Also added perlite into the mix to retain water and pots have had seaweed added as a mulch.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 17:42

Thank you, Penninepetal - wil try to find July's edition now I know it's in there, the pictures and explantion were so simple to follow and will check out the search facility. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 17:23

Went out for provisions for the garden this morning with the intention of spending the afternoon pottering about, it started raining at about 11.30 and hasn't stopped since, so much for the weather forcast 

On a more positive note I picked up some free boxes to make a wormery, seem to recall there being an article in a mag telling you how to make one. Could have been GW mag but I can't find July's edition can anyone help... not in finding the mag but was there a piece in there about wormery's, if not will go through the other mag I get.

whats wrong with my tomatoes

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 10:48

I'm happy to be wrong but don't think it's to much to worry about, one of my plants looked like that and they took a while to go red but I'm picking them now and they taste fine. I';m sure someone else will come along and explain why they are greener at the top, will be interested to know.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 10:26

It was warm and sunny yesterday and the forcast is good for today, so on the strength of that I was up early.

There's a couple of morning glory plants near the back door which are in bloom, one plant flowering in the morning and the other late afternoon!  

sunflowers

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 02:17

I grew a variety of sunflowers this year -  Irish eyes, ruby sunset, teddy bear, giant yellow, russian giant and a couple more whose packets have since been thrown away. Height ranging from 1ft to 8ftplus,. They were all a tab bit disappointing considering previous years I've grown giant yellow to 10ft plus.

Teddy bear showed flowers first and are still flowering,Irish eyes and ruby sunset, are flowering,none of the huge one's have grown above the height of the shed though. I'd be inclinded to try again next year due to the weather this, I was so disappointed with the 6ft plus one's. The multi headed one's, providing you dead head them keep producing flowers but the flowers are dead small.       

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