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Plants by post


by Jane Moore

I can't believe it's September already! There's even a hint of autumn in the air, the holly berries are starting to turn and there have been heavy dewfalls overnight as well.


CabbageI can't believe it's September already! There's even a hint of autumn in the air, the holly berries are starting to turn and there have been heavy dewfalls overnight as well. Still at least the dew has saved me from rushing up to the plot and watering too often!

It's all starting to make me think about next season and what my plot might have to offer. Okay the purple sprouting is underway and I've a few cabbages in the ground but not enough frankly. In my book you just can't have enough cabbages on the go but, what with the slug wars of the summer, I clean forgot to sow any! Fortunately good old catalogue mail order has come to the rescue and a dozen cabbage plants arrived through the post the other day.

They look a bit peaky but that's down to them hanging about at the sorting office for a bit. You see the Royal Mail tried to deliver them, the parcel wouldn't fit though the letterbox (surprisingly!), and it took a day or so to get it redelivered to the neighbour (who is always in). So they have gone a bit yellow and sickly - hopefully and quick potting on and some TLC will sort them out before planting.

But mail order suppliers please note it's best to mark these parcels as plants or perishable or something - these plants arrived in a completely anonymous and unmarked cardboard box and could have been anything!



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Gardeners' World Web User 22/09/2007 at 19:54

do I need to grow courgettes every year from seed or once I have a few plants will they keep growing & fruiting for a few years?

Gardeners' World Web User 24/09/2007 at 13:33

i have a huge grape vine in a green house. i have adopted it on a newish allotment plot i have taken on. i am not quite sure how to take care of it.... can anyone offer any advise please......

Gardeners' World Web User 24/09/2007 at 19:31

i had the same problem when i ordered from a well known supplier, i contacted them and they said they would sort it. they didn't and the plants died. i have them delivered to a different address now. good luck with your cabbage!

Gardeners' World Web User 25/09/2007 at 11:41

Hi loopy lou, I think ,possibly wrongly, that courgettes are immature Marrows and therefore you would need to leave them on the plant to mature. Then they should be okay.

Gardeners' World Web User 25/09/2007 at 13:26

Can anyone give me the correct names and suppliers of "green manure" seeds.

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