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June from South Africa:
I grow all my plants from slips and collect seeds and have had a wonderful summer display. We have moved to a very small garden from a very large one so am finding it hard to scale down any suggestions. I would love to share even my tomatoe seeds with you as they are called Israelie tomatoes and are large and delicious. I live in Langebaan in the Western Cape South Africa. Please put me on your mailing list.
Hello June, thanks for your My Garden Article.
Growing cuttings in water is real easy, many plants will root in just a few days this way.
The only problem with slips is when it comes time to plant them up into pots or trays, flats.
Roots that have developed in water are very different to those which have develop in compost. They tend to be more brittle or fragile and they are easily broken when planting in compost.
This can lead to the loss of your cuttings for the less experienced. But with practice you will soon find how to do it without damaging the roots and most of your cuttings will survive and grow on.
Down-sizing your garden is much like down-sizing your house. Where does all the furniture, ornaments, trinkets and other personal belongings go in your smaller house?
Many people who move home and have a smaller garden soon find a way to enjoy it and cram all they can into it.
Growing plants in containers is a good way of extending your growing space. Hanging baskets, troughs, window boxes, pots, tubs, indeed anything that will hold compost and has drainage you can grow plants in successfully.
Just make sure the container you use is big enough for the plants you will be growing in it and it has good drainage.
And don't forget you will need to water it, especially in hot dry spells and feed the plants regularly with a good well balanced fertilizer suitable for containers.
Its difficult to share plant material, including seeds, across different countries. Every country has import rules and restrictions on plant material. Maybe you could find good garden homes in your own town, or even your own country, for your Israeli tomatoes.
We are pleased to put you on our mailing list.
Good luck with your new garden June, hope you enjoy it and don't forget if you have any gardening related questions please feel free to contact us.
Tom from the UK writes:
We have some hellebores growing in a part of our garden that is in a bit of shade for part of the day and they are really stunning. We love them.
Every spring we notice what looks like little baby hellebore and was wondering what they are and what if anyting can be done with them.
Hello and thanks for your Article Tom, we love Hellebore just as much as you, our garden is full of them.
The little plants you find every spring are indeed baby Hellebore, they are seedlings that have grown from your Hellebore plants. And they can be dug up and grown on ever so easy.
Go to http://www.freegardeningplants.com/free-hellebore.html where you will find easy to follow information on how to grow these seedlings into beautiful flowering Hellebore.
Katey (The cuttings Lady) from New Zealand writes:
Whenever I trim a shrub I hate throwing out the off-cuts,
so I poke them into soil and most grow roots. Have just cut back a
creeper called Tecomanthe. It is a native of NZ and grows well. Creamy
white flowers in clusters of two. Shiny green foliage, about 8 or 9
inches long and half as wide. I see new leaves on the cuttings so it
looks like they will be okay. It's now supposedly our summer but more
like autumn (fall) where temps are concerned.
Hi Katey, this is a great and easy way of growing your own plants from cuttings.
Many shrubs can be grown this way from off cuts.
Even flowering plants such as Fuchsia can be grown this way.
Fuschia are "stopped" (growing tips pinched out to make the plant a nice bushy shape) and these growing tips can be pushed into pots filled with compost.
They root easily with no effort at all.
Thanks for that Katey and we hope the weather warms up for you.
Anna from New Zealand writes:
Title: My Garden of Jewels
Thank you kindly for your email. I have a few photos to send, do I get onto the http://www.freegardeningplants.com/articles.html. ?
Is this right?
I am so proud of my garden, just want to show it to others, as I have seen pictures and it has inspired me to do the same.
I have only started my garden 2yrs ago from nothing,now its bloomed still waiting for more to pop out of the ground. I beta stop raving on.
Thanks for your email.
You can reply to this email and attach your photos.
We look forward to seeing them.
Anna from New Zealand writes:
Title: My Garden of Jewels
I had nothing on my property totally bare!
Worked day & nite and now I sit back and smile,with so much pride the hours I put in,to see the blooms of colour and the smell of flowers,fill the air when I stroll in my Garden of Jewels.
With so much pride,I have compliments and amazing remarks,from people who have seen wat it look like before til now.
They wonder how did I do it? when you love gardening,you dont realise the days go fast and another year pass,see your garden appear with beautiful flowers.
Sounds like you have had great fun and enjoyment creating your own paradise garden.
Its great when friends, family and neighbours admire your garden, they often don't beleive you have done it all yourself.
And just like you Anna we find that time just flys by when gardening, there just is not enough hours in a day.
Thanks for your article and good luck with your garden.
Ellen from New Zealand writes:
Hi, just wondered what to do with freesia bulbs that have been left too late. Should I plant them or store in fridge or just leave till next autumn.
Store your bulbs in a paper bag in a cool, dry, dark and frost free place, a garden shed or a garage is ideal.
Make sure your bulbs are healthy and dry before storing and remove any loose dirt.
Don't store any damaged or diseased bulbs.
Thanks for your article Ellen.