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Cheapish potato planting bags

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 19:15

thanks KEF

how do they grow begonias tubers as a plug plant

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:48

It is possible that the plugs are grown from cuttings, rather than tubers. (or that they are cloned from cells) I believe (and begonias are not something I know much about) that it may be pretty easy to grow begonias from cuttings; or using the leaf method.

When your plants are growing well in the summer, you could try this; take a leaf, make a few incisions with a sharp knife, lay it on some moist gritty compost in a small pot, pin it down with dressmakers pins, place the pot in a clear polythene bag and leave for a week or two. In principle you should get several of the cuts in the leaves forming roots. And therefore...plants. If you have somewhere to keep them through the winter; a conservatory or frost free greenhouse or a south facing windowsill; you will have your plants for next summer; free. Though, one neighbour I believe digs up the tubers and keeps them somewhere dry and above freezing to plant in her troughs the following year.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:35

6.30 bump

I'm scared!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:22

DON'T PANIC...DON'T PANIC... The government can no longer afford the Gardening Police It will be fine... you have prepared the are intelligent enough to follow the instructions on the seed packets/plants that you have bought...the weather is out of your hands


Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:15

Also the Romans grew Globe Artichokes here commercially but apparently the climate was warmer.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:06

squidgy, how far north are you? I understand that new members are cautious about where they live, but it would help all of us if we at least knew which County you are in, as the weather/climate is so important when giving advice

I am in the Fens, West Norfolk; my peas...well some were planted last Autumn - the packet said they could be Autumn planted, with protection, so placed this light weight cold frame over them. So they grew and some of them got eaten by something with tiny teeth. Planted some more in with the previous lot and they seem to be coming up. Removed cold frame as it was needed elsewhere, and put plastic covered wire over the pea seedlings to protect them from pigeons and lots of short canes for the plants to climb up.

Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:56

Soft neck garlic, I plait and hang up in the kitchen; lasts until the next crop arrives; ditto with hard neck and elephant garlic, either tied up with string or stuck in a small vase.

Last summer, the last of the runner beans were pretty stringy, but I blanched and froze them. Last week I made them into soup; when cooked, blitzed them in the blender, then passed the puree through a 'mouli legume' (a hand mill for veg; about £12.00 and v, useful) this got rid of all the stringyness The soup was divine

Need advice on very small, boring garden!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:46

Mike, I have heard quite a few elderly people say, 'Oh we can't be bothered with gardening; we've had the whole thing paved over'. They don't seem to realise that gardening would not only extend their lives, but extend the quality of their lives.

Fencing D, you do not say in the description that we forumatti can access, where you are in the UK (or indeed in the world). This could affect the choice of plants. The lovely old brick wall; is it quite short and is there an alley way beyond it? If so you may feel that for security and privacy you may want to put up some trellis there (not necessarily attached to the wall if it is fragile). Do you know the orientation of the garden? Does it face South?

Do you like a really modern style? That would work best in that space I feel. I suggest that you google small urban gardens and then come back to us for more advice once you have seen ways of dealing with the space that you really like.

Good luck with it, I'm sure it will look fabulous very soon

Daft thoughts

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:29


Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:27

teatime smile

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