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I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 18:29

I start tomatoes and half hardy annuals in heated propagators and I get them out as soon as they have germinated. But I have a greenhouse with a cold frame in it that has a heated cable buried in damp sand and I put young seedlings there. The GH also has an elderly little heater that keeps frost off. Otherwise it is a struggle. But I don't start sowing until spring.

Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 18:24

My onions store very well in the garage. They must be really well dried when you harvest them. I just put them in wooden fruit trays.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 13:57

Not yet, I hope ginagibbs, unless you've got somewhere warm enough to keep the tomatoes as they grow too tall for the propagator. March would be better.

what's eating my lemon geranium leaves - now!

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 09:18

One year little green caterpillars ate the leaves of my geraniums that were overwintering indoors, they were tiny to start with so I didn't see them at first.

beech hedging / what can i grow undrneath

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 09:11

Bluebells grow in beech woods in their thousands. But I think the wider border is a good idea. I had a copper beech once in a border like that. It needs plenty of compost or manure to help retain moisture and you can plant dry shade plants like foxgloves, brunnera, dryopteris ferns, epimedium, geranium macrorrhizum, heucheras etc.

Physalis Little Lanterns

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 08:59

They like a hot summer to ripen properly. My daughter grew them and they were quite vigorous but she lives in south west France.

Chemical weed killer near organic veg bed?

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 08:53

If it's just the veg garden that you want to keep organic and you are willing to use weedkiller in other parts of the garden then you can do so. Glyphosate only affects the leaves it touches. They claim it is inactivated in soil, but whether that is true or not, if you aren't using it in the veg garden it won't be in that soil anyway.

But I would do as fidgetbones says, spray once when the weather is warmer (it doesn't work properly in winter) to start clean then, as Verdun says, keep hoeing.

Four O Clock Flowers

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 08:46

This plant, Mirabilis, is called "Belle de Nuit", Beauty of the Night, in France where I live. It's grown quite commonly here. It doesn't like being cold and wet in winter. I have a friend who has a huge one in a pot on her terrace, which she protects in winter. It has so many flowers on it that it doesn't matter if they only last a day, it just makes more.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 08:38

Morning all. Have a good day all you workers. Am I actually here before Dove? Oh the joys of retirement! But I'm retired too and a late to bed, late to rise person.

I hope no one has been flooded. Very wet here, but we haven't had the winds that England has had. But who knows what the winter holds in store.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 17:12

Cleared up the greenhouse this afternoon, dead tomatoes and weeds all gone. Will wash it tomorrow.

Next job is to clear up the veg garden, amazing how many weeds have grown since winter started. It'll take a bit of time, it's 25 x 10 metres, but I don't use all of it.

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