Over the garden fence, 2010 - chat, pics, any horticultural stuff

Found 3rd Mar 2010
Spring is here and it's high time we were busy in our gardens!!
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Grow your own, bowling green lawn or mad about exhibition Dahlias - show us what you've been up to and give us handy tips.
Wondering how to sow seeds or prune a Buddleia? - this is the thread for you.

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herbs
where do i start?

Original Poster

I'm having a real tidy up in my garden at the moment so it's looking a little bare!
This is the back garden this afternoon.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/RIMG0017Medium-2.jpg

The greenhouse is filling up
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/RIMG0010Medium.jpg

and the raised bed is being used just now for perennial herbaceous plants
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/RIMG0001Medium-2.jpg

Supermod

Wow! I am impressed. The only thing I have got going, so far, is an amaryllis in the kitchen. I really ought to start!

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jasonrat;8008092

herbs where do i start?


Fantastic first question.:thumbsup:

It's easy to grow herbs in pots or in well drained soil. You can get a collection like this sort of thing:
gardeningdirect.co.uk/Her…tml

Or you could plant pots of herbs from the supermarket in large terracotta pots in good compost ( multi-purpose with added John Innes) with a good layer of horticultural grit at the bottom. Have them in a sunny place and they will grow away lovely.

The BBC Gardeners World site has tons of advice.
gardenersworld.com/pla…=14

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magicjay1986;8008124

Wow! I am impressed. The only thing I have got going, so far, is an … Wow! I am impressed. The only thing I have got going, so far, is an amaryllis in the kitchen. I really ought to start!



Well now's the time to think about it. Today - an Amaryllis, six months time - vases of your own cut flowers!! :-D

Brilliant Chesso!!!!! This is going to be a fantastic thread!! I am looking forward to being part of this - and will post up pictures too when my garden has something nice to show!

Question for the OP,

Last year i got something silly like 100 geranium plug plants for about £10(think it was a deal off here) anyway i only got them to annoy my neighbour, i planted them and they grew and bloomed away for months(to the envy of my neighbour):)

Anyway with me not having green fingers i left them alll winter and they now look like small brown twigs, are they dead or will they come back to annoy my neighbour again this year?:?

Any advice on growing vegetables,nothing too adventurous mind

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bossyboots;8008197

Brilliant Chesso!!!!! This is going to be a fantastic thread!! I am … Brilliant Chesso!!!!! This is going to be a fantastic thread!! I am looking forward to being part of this - and will post up pictures too when my garden has something nice to show!


Excellent :thumbsup:

Looking forwards to your contributions, not just when you have your produce but when you do something - like chitting your spuds, which could be very interesting for those who have no idea how to go about growing potatoes. Also, it could cause debate ( gentle over a mug of tea in the potting shed) as people have different ways of doing things.

boothy;8008216

Any advice on growing vegetables,nothing too adventurous mind



Potatoes - beans, peas etc - so easy to grow.

You can grow the potatoes in anything from the ground - to an ikea bag!

I never buy my potatoes to grow - I keep ones that are left over and leave them to chit. Btw for anyone who doesnt know what am talking about - you leave your potatoes on the window ledge for a good few weeks till they have good roots on them - then chuck them into your pots!!

I have some potatoes just now chitting away! So for anyone considering this - then now is the time to consider it.

Chesso I need to go walk the dog and then collect my husband and son from the rugby - so will catch u later!

I've had big problems the last few winters with worm casts. The whole lawn turns into a mudbath. Last autumn I had a company come and spray the lawn and I've had almost none all winter but it was really expensive. Any ideas what DIY products I can try myself as most have been taken off the market?

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transit;8008203

Question for the OP,Last year i got something silly like 100 geranium … Question for the OP,Last year i got something silly like 100 geranium plug plants for about £10(think it was a deal off here) anyway i only got them to annoy my neighbour, i planted them and they grew and bloomed away for months(to the envy of my neighbour):)Anyway with me not having green fingers i left them alll winter and they now look like small brown twigs, are they dead or will they come back to annoy my neighbour again this year?:?



You could just leave them until the end of April and see if they start to grow away with little green wavy leaves but if they have been out all winter, they are most likely dead as little door nails. I would start afresh anyway - get more plugs as they will be growing well already.

I think you'd got the bug!!

I've just started growing chillies, tomatoes & peppers first time I've grown anything in a long time
Thinking about growing some potatoes & carrots, any advice for them like when to plant etc?
Thanks :-D

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I have a meal on the table, so must go!

chesso;8008267

You could just leave them until the end of April and see if they start to … You could just leave them until the end of April and see if they start to grow away with little green wavy leaves but if they have been out all winter, they are most likely dead as little door nails. I would start afresh anyway - get more plugs as they will be growing well already. I think you'd got the bug!!



Thanks for the reply , new plugs it is then :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Banned

Anyone had experience of hydroponics?

Supermod

boothy;8008216

Any advice on growing vegetables,nothing too adventurous mind



I was a novice and built a "trough" last year out of some redundant wood. Only about 2ftx7ft and I managed to grow in there chillis, cabbages and cauliflower. It is really easy to do.

Just be prepared for caterpillars!!

transit;8008203

Question for the OP,Last year i got something silly like 100 geranium … Question for the OP,Last year i got something silly like 100 geranium plug plants for about £10(think it was a deal off here) anyway i only got them to annoy my neighbour, i planted them and they grew and bloomed away for months(to the envy of my neighbour):)Anyway with me not having green fingers i left them alll winter and they now look like small brown twigs, are they dead or will they come back to annoy my neighbour again this year?:?


The cold weather would have killed them but if you had kept them somewhere frost-free they would have survived and bloomed again.

Supermod

FilthAndFurry;8008317

Anyone had experience of hydroponics?



I did, until it was seized.

Wow!! @ your garden Chesso! The other day you posted a nearly dried up bush ...and I thought you didn't have a real garden Really pretty garden... and not so pretty but productive (i think) green house, well done

magicjay1986;8008354

I was a novice and built a "trough" last year out of some redundant wood. … I was a novice and built a "trough" last year out of some redundant wood. Only about 2ftx7ft and I managed to grow in there chillis, cabbages and cauliflower. It is really easy to do. Just be prepared for caterpillars!!



Yeah,I think I might just buy a couple of big tubs and have a crack,nothing ventured etc

kingy58;8008358

The cold weather would have killed them but if you had kept them … The cold weather would have killed them but if you had kept them somewhere frost-free they would have survived and bloomed again.



Cheers i see :thumbsup:, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing back tbh as i havent the time to nuture anything, any suggestions?

transit;8008398

Cheers i see :thumbsup:, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing … Cheers i see :thumbsup:, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing back tbh as i havent the time to nuture anything, any suggestions?



Rhubarb. :thumbsup:

Just saw this on Deals - might be of use to someone on here. hotukdeals.com/ite…onl

Good thread, chesso.

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boothy;8008216

Any advice on growing vegetables,nothing too adventurous mind


Which veggies do you like best? I think it's best to start off with a couple of your favourite veggies and see how it goes.
What garden/patio/hanging baskets have you got?

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kingy58;8008260

I've had big problems the last few winters with worm casts. The whole … I've had big problems the last few winters with worm casts. The whole lawn turns into a mudbath. Last autumn I had a company come and spray the lawn and I've had almost none all winter but it was really expensive. Any ideas what DIY products I can try myself as most have been taken off the market?



As you can see from the pic of my garden form this afternoon ^^ I am not a lawn person :oops: I have more clover than grass. I do know that sprays are only temporary solutions though and I think that good lawn maintenance helps a lot - raking out the thatch and aerating with a fork in particular.

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transit;8008398

Cheers i see, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing back tbh as i … Cheers i see, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing back tbh as i havent the time to nuture anything, any suggestions?


Where do you want to grow these plants?
How about an evergreen shrub?

shibi din;8008431

Rhubarb. Just saw this on Deals - might be of use to someone on here. … Rhubarb. Just saw this on Deals - might be of use to someone on here. http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/624460/200-spring-bulbs-collection-for-onlGood thread, chesso.


Rhubarb crumble - food of the gods.:-D

Marina;8008373

Wow!! @ your garden Chesso! The other day you posted a nearly dried up … Wow!! @ your garden Chesso! The other day you posted a nearly dried up bush ...and I thought you didn't have a real garden Really pretty garden... and not so pretty but productive (i think) green house, well done


I posted a dried up bush, not one springing into growth??:w00t:
Thank you for the compliment and that greenhouse is my pride and joy - lovely thick glass and automatic vents.

chesso;8008529

Which veggies do you like best? I think it's best to start off with a … Which veggies do you like best? I think it's best to start off with a couple of your favourite veggies and see how it goes. What garden/patio/hanging baskets have you got?




Only a small garden as paved most of it over to put a double garage up!

Would prefer them in tubs tbh...just the basics like onions,carrots root veg type stuff....I assume its too cold for salad veg such as radish,spring onions at the moment

chesso;8008684

Where do you want to grow these plants?How about an evergreen shrub?



Just in the borders around the lawn, i have a large connifer in the corner which has a largish shrub(i think) in front of it that flowers yellow every year :thumbsup:

transit;8008398

Cheers i see :thumbsup:, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing … Cheers i see :thumbsup:, i'm after something thats gonna keep growing back tbh as i havent the time to nuture anything, any suggestions?


Look for the word "Hardy". They've a better chance against the elements, and Perennial - means they'll come back year after year. Go for shrubs to fill big areas (Acers are my favourite) and stick a load of bulbs in everywhere in small groups. Fair bit of work initially then reap the rewards for years. Always buy good quality or you're wasting time and money in the long run.
Acer (Japanese Maple)
http://www.gardenstyle.co.uk/cataloguepics/acer1.jpg

kingy58;8008735

Look for the word "Hardy". They've a better chance against the elements, … Look for the word "Hardy". They've a better chance against the elements, and Perennial - means they'll come back year after year. Go for shrubs to fill big areas (Acers are my favourite) and stick a load of bulbs in everywhere in small groups. Fair bit of work initially then reap the rewards for years. Always buy good quality or you're wasting time and money in the long run.



Thanks , will follow that advice :thumbsup:

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livingthelife07;8008276

I've just started growing chillies, tomatoes & peppers first time I've … I've just started growing chillies, tomatoes & peppers first time I've grown anything in a long time :)Thinking about growing some potatoes & carrots, any advice for them like when to plant etc? Thanks :-D



Have you got a greenhouse LtheL?

Potatoes & carrots I only grow in pots or bags.
I know this is anathema to the 'proper gardener or allotment holder' but I find that supermarket potatoes and carrots are fine so I grow new potatoes and some carrots for carrot soup.

I grow only first early potatoes, like Lady Christl. These are ready to buy in the garden centres now.
Put them in old egg boxes with the eyes upmost until they have little shoots and they are ready to plant. You don't actually have to do this 'chitting' but we all do, anyway!!
Basically what I do is use a 30-40 cm tall box/pot/bag. One third fill with compost, space 3 or 4 (or 5 for a big bag) potatoes out on the surface. Nearly fill with compost. Water. Leave.
I don't bother with the gradual fill-up the bag/pot thing. It doesn't seem to make any difference to the final potatoes, just a hassle

Carrots I grow in pots as well - they are rubbish if I grow them in my clay soil.
Fill big pot with compost,water it well & sprinkle carrot seed over surface in late March. Water regularly. Pull out carrots in late summer.

I have a greenhouse, inherited when we moved in, is there anything i can be doing now?

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boothy;8008686

Only a small garden as paved most of it over to put a double garage … Only a small garden as paved most of it over to put a double garage up!Would prefer them in tubs tbh...just the basics like onions,carrots root veg type stuff....I assume its too cold for salad veg such as radish,spring onions at the moment



Yes, pots or boxes are ideal for them.
It's too cold for everything at the moment unless you have a heated propagator for the seeds and a greenhouse for growing on. I'm lucky in that I'm in Cornwall so I can crack on much earlier than the rest of the country. When I lived in N.Yorkshire without any of those thihgs I always made the mistake of sowing too soon and then one way or another everything would die and I would have to start again. Radish and onions aren't as bad as lettuce or carrots if you try for early sowings but i would wait until there is no chance of frost where you are.

chesso;8008684

I posted a dried up bush, not one springing into growth??:w00t:Thank you … I posted a dried up bush, not one springing into growth??:w00t:Thank you for the compliment and that greenhouse is my pride and joy - lovely thick glass and automatic vents.



Thats not you then :oops: and the green house is lovely :-D

chesso;8008864

Have you got a greenhouse LtheL?Potatoes & carrots I only grow in pots or … Have you got a greenhouse LtheL?Potatoes & carrots I only grow in pots or bags. I know this is anathema to the 'proper gardener or allotment holder' but I find that supermarket potatoes and carrots are fine so I grow new potatoes and some carrots for carrot soup.I grow only first early potatoes, like Lady Christl. These are ready to buy in the garden centres now.Put them in old egg boxes with the eyes upmost until they have little shoots and they are ready to plant. You don't actually have to do this 'chitting' but we all do, anyway!!Basically what I do is use a 30-40 cm tall box/pot/bag. One third fill with compost, space 3 or 4 (or 5 for a big bag) potatoes out on the surface. Nearly fill with compost. Water. Leave.I don't bother with the gradual fill-up the bag/pot thing. It doesn't seem to make any difference to the final potatoes, just a hassleCarrots I grow in pots as well - they are rubbish if I grow them in my clay soil. Fill big pot with compost,water it well & sprinkle carrot seed over surface in late March. Water regularly. Pull out carrots in late summer.



Unfortunately not, I think I may have to invest in one
Thank you for your advice it has been really helpful :-D

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sancho1983;8008915

I have a greenhouse, inherited when we moved in, is there anything i can … I have a greenhouse, inherited when we moved in, is there anything i can be doing now?


Clean the greenhouse!!

Yes, you can grow winter lettuce and sow dwarf French beans in a large pot. I haven't tried them before but I am just about to order some beans -
mr-fothergills.co.uk/cat…37/
free P&P and 2 free packs seeds as well!!
Get your seedlings or plug plants, veg or flowers, from the garden centre or on-line and pot them up; they will grow on well in the greenhouse.
Get your tomatoes sown indoors.

Well done for starting this thread OP:thumbsup:
I haven't even cleared out the greenhouse from last year yet! Last weekend I started building a shed for our allotment.
Can anyone tell me how to 'subscribe' to a thread so I can find this again?

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Marina;8008940

Thats not you then :oops: and the green house is lovely


Might have been ; when in doubt I tend to blame Rocky;-)
What about your garden? Worth a pic?

livingthelife07;8008957

Unfortunately not, I think I may have to invest in one :)Thank you for … Unfortunately not, I think I may have to invest in one :)Thank you for your advice it has been really helpful :-D


More than welcome.:thumbsup:
We want details of all your gardening activites.

Hi chesso and everyone:thumbsup: I`ll be joining in once I have finished indoors here........painting:roll:
To anyone thinking of growing cherry tomatoes I can highly recommend the hanging basket ones. You get hundreds of fruit from them with no looking after at all,just a little feed. They are delish and lots of different varieties.

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