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Hi Everyone.

Just updating you all on my progress.

I am awaiting the arrival of my plug plants, including an herbaecous from j parkers and gardening direct.
I have ordered perennials as I love established gardens, and feel that we, ( I’ve now become chief gardener for mum and dad), will get more for our money as well as garden in the long run.

I have also bought some evergreen shrubs, which are at the moment situated in my porch.

I also bought a few perennial plants from wilkinsons and they are doing very well in my kitchen, after being planted on in newspapers ready for planting out after frost risk has passed. I am rapidly running out of

The plants I am most looking forward to receive are the hardy fuschias and lillies, as recommended by spritzhenry from parkers.

I am also awaiting delivery for my weeping cherry tree, christmas roses and my mums grapveine, from garden bargains.

I’ll let you know how i get on…

…now onto the veg.

My early potatoes are now ready to be planted outside, after chitting away for a few weeks but according to most reports I need to wait till at least March.
I bought my maincrop seed potatoes (desiree) from the gardening centre yesterday, currently chitting?? and boy don’t you just notice the difference in quality compared to the ones in wilkos etc…?

I am gonna grow my potatoes in bags, as I do not have a big garden, and have been quite successful doing it this way.

I have purchased and acquired some planters and i’m gonna use those using the square foot gardening principles. Hopefully I’ll get a good yield.

I have enough room to grow sweetcorn and onions in the ground, but everything else: peas, beans, peppers, lettuce, tomatos, shallots and carrots are going into pots, containers etc…

My big purchase of the month has been ….. and electric propagator. I am so excited. Right now I only have cucumber, pepper and onion seeds propagating. ( I may have to start again, as i planted these seeds in baskets and container compost which retains water, so i am gonna give them a few more day, and if no sign of life i am gonna have to start again using appropriate compost, I used that compost in haste, but maybe I’m gonna repent at leisure lol).

Anyway time to go. Speak to you all soon..

Thought and comments welcome

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What a lot you've achieved! Thanks for the mention - I hope Parker's come up to expectations!!! (or I'm in trouble, as well as Parker'

You will LOVE your propagator, it gets seeds going much quicker and earlier. I wonder now how I ever did without mine.

I reckon you're right about where you buy things from - it's great to get a bargain sometimes, but you need good quality at other times - obviously, more expensive, but not in the long run.

15 Feb, 2009


Have to agree with you Spritz, every thing i've bought from J Parkers have been fine, no problems with any plants.

15 Feb, 2009


What a lot of hard work Spritz is right about hardy fuchsias...a great addition to the garden !

15 Feb, 2009


It sound as if you are going to be very busy with all that lovely to be able to grow your own veg and so much better for you as well.....keep us posted with your pictures.

15 Feb, 2009


Wow. What a lot of work. You are going to have a wonderful garden. Please keep us posted on your progress.

16 Feb, 2009


Thanks everybody for your encouraging words.

I know it is alot of work, but for some reason i am really enjoying it this time around. I'm just so glad I 've met so many people on here with so much patience and advice. There is only so much information you can get from a book. Keep up the good work everybody

Spritzhenry - no probs. I'll keep you posted when they arrive.

16 Feb, 2009


hi sunday, that electric propogator will be a godsend , early veg is most welcome.
we are going to grow some toms in pots this year , as well as in the greenhouse, looking forward to seeing the results
if succesful we will do this every year..................steve

17 Feb, 2009

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