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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:27

I know that you can divide thyme successfully, and I always pop trimmings into the ground, but can I do that at this time of year?

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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:24

Just a quick additional thought. Please do not stick rigidly to the crops mentioned. Root days cover all roots/Leaf days include Spinach at this time of year, so check seed packets as general sowing guide, then divide them into root/leaf/flower (broccoli for eg) and fruit (toms/aubergines/chiilis come under this banner). I would hate to think that some of you are waiting for your particular favourite to be mentioned. I am only passing on the French Calender with what they list. There are also a list of varieties eg. Ratte potatoes. Does anyone want to know these recommendations too? Remember some varieties may not be available in UK but I could list the one's I think you would recognise.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:19

Hi everyone. Well, I've sowed the broad beans (trying Red Crimson for 1st time in addition to my beloved The Sutton) and first peas, also sowed beetroot and asparagus peas in greenhouse. The latter a first effort, the former as per last year's trials, I prefer to put out as plantlings, later in April as they seem to get away better. How are you all getting on?

Herewith Lunar Calender for 30th March - 5th April.

30-31st March Leaf days - In cold frame or sunny nursery bed sow Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts for Autumn crops. In greenhouse sow chicory and scarole/Rocket/Parsley and Chervil

1-2nd April  Fruit days Sow melons in greenhouse at 20-25c sowing 3 to a pot and keep moist. After they sprout keep the strongest plant. Sow Physalis. Do not garden on the 1st before 8.30am (Don't think you would anyway!?)

3/4/5th April Root days. With the moon rising this is the perfect time to sow parsnips outside for Autumn crops, and sow leeks in a nursery bed. Sow radishes outside.

Lots of flower jobs 6th onwards - Non veg people not forgotten!

Happy gardening.

Time to get busy!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:43

I now have 3 'thinking' chairs! One for the Potager wich the cat pinches regularly. One for the Shrubbery where I can hide away with a good book (gardening one of course) and One that I carry around to place opposite 'projects' and consider in depth what on earth to do despite loads of plans in head and on paper. Now I have my first greenhouse (since last week) Chair No 4 will have to be employed. Only ONE problem - NO chairs left for visitors!


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:39

As long as your ground is not too wet (and then you could make a long mound instead of waiting, so that they are raised) Yes, plant them out and sow any others directly outside from now onwards.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:37

Can you divide Lavender? I have some huge clumps of Lavender de Grasse. I already split strawberries successfully, and I do know about taking cuttings , but these bushes are 2ft wide and I want to add some to a new Rose Border. Any ideas?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:40

Just got my first greenhouse after 40yrs!!! Over the moon (Excuse the pun, just realised what I have written!) Will now catch up myself on sowing etc, as still too wet and cold in potager. Husband making my staging this afternoon - Oh I can't wait! Hope to sow toms/dahlias

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:49

Well Spring Onions and Red onions s 19th March set out 6th March. Broad Beans sowed 26th Feb sprouted 20th March. here's Calender for week 23rd-29th March. How are you getting on??

23rd March Up to 1.37pm thin out spinach and lettuce sown 1-4th March. Plant or divide herbs and rhubarb.

24/25th March Fruit Days. Sow round (as opposed to wrinkled) peas and broad beans. Cover with fleese if cold. Sow tomatoes/peppers/chillies/aubergines again in heat.

26th/27th March Root Days.Sow carrots/radish and beetroot. Do not garden after 1.30pm on 27th .

28th Flower day. Sow hardy annuals like allysum/clarkia/busy lizzies where they are to flower and sow perrenial sweet peas.Sow dahlias and other perrenials under heat.

29th March Leaf Day In nursery bed sow cabbages and brussel sprouts for Autumn crops.

Let me know how you are getting on - want to compare notes!


Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 16:45

Which spray do you use?

Butterfly sightings 2014

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:15

I keep a nettle patch to feed the caterpillars plus to make a healthy veg plot brew. Last year loads of peacock and red admirals. Tansy sprinkled over brussels and broccoli keep the Cabbage White off. Have seen 2 brimstones to date plus a couple of commas.

Discussions started by biofreak

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

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Dividing Plants? 
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Sawfly -Gooseberries

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Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
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Can I get new covers? 
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Can I get new covers? 
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First Spring Flowers

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Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
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Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
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Brussel Sprouts

Growing in Pots? 
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:18

Swedes & Turnips

Is it worth persevering? 
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:20


Growing in Bags 
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Last Post: 18/02/2014 at 18:30

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Lunar Challenge 
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Last Post: 21/04/2014 at 10:13

New Seeds

Black Radishes? 
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Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 18:29

Best Roses

New Border - Sun until 2pm then deep shade in afternoon 
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