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Latest posts by artjak

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:56

Verdun (there's always one isn't there?)

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:45

Good morning; today I will be potting up hundreds of seedlings, some, like Holly Hocks for flowering next year.

Foxglove cuttings - anyone tried it?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 19:21

Yes, I would be keen to see how that works

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 soil...you are intelligent enough to follow the instructions on the seed packets/plants that you have bought...the weather is out of your hands

Enjoy

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:15

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

peas

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

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Rubbish really 
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Best crop ever 
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More good guys

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bird nest in potato bag

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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Cuttings

Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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How to empty a bin 
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Watercress

Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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worst gardening old wives tales

what is the worst mis-information you have been given? 
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