Free Garden advice Forum

August 15, 2008
Free Garden AdviceForum

Free Garden AdviceForum

The Free Complete Gardens Advice Forum continues to grow.

Based in the UK and running since 2003, our friendly group of garden enthusaists can help answer a wide range of subjects from plant identification, growing vegetables, garden pests and diseases to tried and tested garden tools or even suggest nice gardens to visit.

The forum is free and easy to join.

You can add images, ask questions or share your expertise.

There are Links to other interesting garden related blogs and websites

The leading contributors are awarded a free copy of the Award winning interactive garden advice and pruning guide CD-ROM as a ‘thank you’ for generously providing their time and expertise.

The forum is monitored for spam and content.

If you want some interesting gardening ideas or advice then please feel free to join us.

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Best buy British grown plants.

June 3, 2008

British grown wildflowers Support UK nurseries

British plant nurseries are under threat from mass produced plant growers from abroad.

Imported plants are controlled: all growers supplying to EEC countries must have a Plant Passport, which allows the authorities to monitor and trace any problems with plant health. Standards of inspection are very stringent in the UK, says Guy Barter of the RHS, but in other countries the checking may be more relaxed. Also, it is not possible to check every single plant, so pests and diseases can be inadvertently imported. Diseases such as Dutch Elm have already done nationwide damage; others such as Sudden Oak Death are gradually spreading. Imported plants, such as Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam, can also become invasive, eventually pushing out native species and altering habitats. Some imported plants, such as tree ferns, cyclamens and orchids, may also have been dug up from the wild.

Many of the plants we buy have been raised in European countries such as Holland, France, Italy, Belgium and Germany, but an increasing number are being grown further a field in countries such as Roses from Africa and China where as in the case of Japanese Acers which are propagated in China, flown to Holland to be grown on and transported to Italy to mature, being moved between several countries and across continents before they reach the UK. The carbon footprint of these plants has not yet been calculated but is certainly considerable and could be avoided by sourcing British or locally grown plants.

Research by the South East England Development Agency shows that people who buy plants in garden centres show little interest in a plants country of origin. Many people will assume that the plants are grown here in the UK and will be shocked to learn that many are brought in from abroad. I think the labelling should include the plants country of origin. More people would buy British grown plants if they realised the key advantages of buying home-grown plants: plants that will grow better, fewer plant miles and lower carbon footprint from the grower to your garden, and support for jobs in the UK horticulture industry.

Look on the internet to find local plant nurseries or ones that offer mail order. Their website will often contain useful and practical plant care advice so you’ll know how to look after your plants once you’ve bought them.

You’ll find you’ll get a refreshingly diverse choice of garden plants and excellent value for money. Each nursery is run by enthusiasts who will give you a warm welcome and be keen to give you a genuinely professional level of advice.

The Complete Gardens plant advice and pruning guide CD-ROM is not stocked by some large garden centre chains like Wyvale because we link from plants on our CD-ROM to some quality UK plant specialist nurseries.

Although not being stocked will probably mean we’re loosing sales to the cheaper imported garden software they sell, we’re not going to support a monopoly which some large garden Centre chains demand and fully support our British plant nurseries.

Here are a few specialist nurseries not linked from plants on the CD-ROM to nurseries but we hope they will be added soon. 

http://www.blofieldnurseries.co.uk/camellia.htm camellia and azalea specialist

http://www.littleshopofhorrors.co.uk/home.php Carnivorous plants. Chelsea Flower Show Gold winner

http://www.wildflowers.co.uk British wild flowers

http://www.hardybamboo.com Bamboo and grass specialist

http://www.thorncroft.co.uk Clematis specialist. Chelsea Flower Show Gold winner

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January 13, 2008
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Gardening is a growing investment

December 31, 2007

Gardening is a growing investmentIt is vital to select the right plants that will suit your garden soil.

Unsuitable plants will not thrive and could die, leaving you disappointed and a waste your money.

It is important to choose the right plants for the different aspects of your garden like areas that are in full sun, partial shade or full shade.

If you put a shade loving plant in full sun the leaves will shrivel up and the plant will eventually die. The same goes for sun loving plants, if you put a sun loving plant in shade it will either not flower at all or produce weak blossoms, the leaves won’t get sufficient light and the plant will become weak and also eventually die.

Some plants thrive in damp soils whereas others prefer well drained soil. It is therefore important to choose the right plants for the right place.

 

It is understandable that to some people find gardening daunting especially with the long Latin plant names.

To make things simple I’ve gathered together a talented team of authors and programmer to produce an interactive plant advice CD-ROM to help you find the right plants for your garden.

No longer do you need to spend hundreds of pounds on garden experts to suggest what you need to grow or waste money by buying unsuitable plants.

The interactive software allows you to select any combination of colour, soil type, aspect, month of interest, height and Latin or common name.

Within seconds the CD-ROM selects and displays the best plants to suit your needs and garden conditions.

It’s very easy to use regardless of your level of computer or gardening experience. Just move the mouse and click. It really can’t be quicker or simpler.

So for example you can select plants for spring by selecting either a month or several months Feb and March. Then select a flower and or leaf colour by clicking any colour on the colour bar i.e Pink.

The CD-ROM selects and displays all the Pink flowering plants in February and March.

To be more precise you can select Clay soil, Moist, Partial Shade, grows to a height of 1m, with red flowers in June. The CD displays plants to suit your needs within seconds.

With this basic information you are able to plan and design a beautiful garden using the right plants in the right place with the choice of colour and the height you require.

In addition to this each plant is accompanied with in-depth planting advice and the Latin names are explained in Layman’s terms.

You are able to make visual lists of ‘plants I have’ and ‘plants I want’

The plant lists are linked to the Calendar which reminds you what you have in any month and when and how to prune your plants so they cared for correctly and produce healthy new growth with fabulous flowers and healthy foliage.

With the visual garden planner you can start to choose plants and create continuous colour and interest and well as combination planting using foliage plants for texture combined with flowering plants and shrubs.

We have added garden styles designed to give you some inspiration with the plants listed. It’s possible to print the lists and take these with you to the Garden Centre.

Each plant is accompanied with stunning images to help identification and seasonal changes plus Pests and Diseases and Propagation advice.

Link to independant specialist Nurseries or suppliers. Free Garden Forum to share your qustions and answers http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/forum/

With the CD-ROM you can find plants for the front to the back of the border and from spring through to winter.

So gardening doesn’t have to be daunting with easily accessible gardening advice from our Head Gardener on CD-ROM.

The Complete Gardens CD-ROM is the only Mac compatible software on the market. Compatible with OS X, Panther and Leopard

Compatible with PC Windows 2000, XP, Vista

It is important to check out garden software before you buy. Many are cheap imports from abroad. The glossy covers boast having thousands of plants yet many won’t be relevant for the UK gardener and the image quality if very poor and many plants won’t have images. One even has the much loved Geoff Hamilton on the cover yet he died in 1996 and had nothing to do with their software.

 Reviews

Best New Product Home & Gift Glee Garden Trade Show

Chris Beardshaw “This is the next best thing to having your own private gardener”

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine “A useful plant resource”

Top 5 Star rating by Computer Active and Computer Shopper when compared with other garden software.

The Times ”Startlingly lovely photography”

Website www.complete-gardens.co.uk