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Posted: 22/02/2015 at 03:08

Hello seil. That looks lovely. I wonder what time it is with you? I'm in France and it's 4.07am. Bunged up nose, can't sleep.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:16

Two days ago I cleared up a lot of the dead mess in the veggie garden the far side of the GH, like sweet peas, the rest of the sweet corn stalks and the remains of the courgettes and squashes. Should have done it ages ago  Then I dug most of the bit for broad beans, earth was heavy and claggy. I have a bad cold, thought fresh air and exercise would do me good, but was knackered the next day and did nothing.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:06

Baz, you aren't planning on leaving them in the drainpipes are you? If you've sown directly into the ground outside then why the drainpipes? Drainpipes are usually used when sowing in a greenhouse and then transplanted outside, when the little plants are growing, by sliding them out into a little trench in the ground. This is to minimise root disturbance.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:58

I sow peas straight into the ground from March to April. I haven't had a mouse problem, one advantage of having a cat. My mother used to dip her pea seeds in paraffin which stopped mice eating them. I sow far too many to be bothered with fiddling about with loo rolls. I use loo rolls for sweet peas.

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:46

The only seeds in your list that I would sow now are the sweet peas. The greenhouse must be frost proof for the others and warm enough at night. I start tomatoes in heated propagators indoors in March, then put on sunny windowsill over a radiator indoors then move to the GH which has a little electric heater in it for the night. By then it is  April. Tender plants sown later will be less leggy than ones sown too soon and they grow more quickly and catch up.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:34

Morning all, terrible night coughing. But less bunged up this morning so hopefully on the mend. Felt rotten yesterday after the supermarket trip. I must must be better tomorrow for lunch party. Most of the people coming have just had colds too.

Going to make huge chicken casserole for tomorrow, I have a very big pressure cooker, and a tray of roasted veg. Must make a loaf of bread too. The one I bought in Leclerc supermarket yesterday is as hard as a rock.

Poured all night, sunny now.


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 09:44

Morning all.

I hope my cold didn't cross the channel after all, Dove. In fact it's been worse than I thought to start with. Coughing and bunged up in the night, not so bad in the day.

Thank you all about the funeral. She was 84, but leaves her husband. An English couple who retired to France who I've known about 8 years.

I'm going shopping now, need groceries and food. 10 people coming to lunch after church on Sunday and daughter and her two little children coming on Monday.

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 09:33


Happy Birthday KEF



Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:45

Wintersong, lovely story

Back from a funeral.

It was -5° and frosty this morning, now it's sunny and 9°. Back to the veggie garden this afternoon.

Rose pruning and frost

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:36

Each year seems different. In 2013, when this thread started, the spring was very cold. We went to Hever Castle for the rose week and there were no roses out so it was cancelled. Last spring 2014 was very mild and wet. Roses were 3 - 4 weeks earlier than 2013. This year has been quite cold, with snow, but it seems as though it will be earlier than 2013 too.

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