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What happens after summer?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:02

When you sow them, sow in lines so you can recognise which are your plants and which are the weeds. They will die after the frost and you will need to pull them up. Before that you can gather the seeds for next year or let them self seed, but if you remove the dead heads they will flower for longer. You could plant bulbs to give some spring colour, which will have died down by summer or you could edge the bed with violas for winter and spring interest. Buy plug plants in autumn or little plants in the Garden Centre.

Easy to grow tree

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:57

Crab apples are easy, different coloured varieties of fruit, flowers in spring, decorative fruit in autumn and you can make crab apple jelly. Not too big.

What type of peas.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:52

Alan typed quicker than me! Hurst Greenshaft are lovely too.

What type of peas.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:50

My favourite is Kelvedon Wonder, reliable, lovely sweet flavour, freezes well, not too tall, but does need some support.

My mother used to soak the peas in paraffin before sowing to keep mice away. I don't find that necessary, but then I have a cat! I'm afraid I do use slug pellets, which are a controversial subject, but I find that the slugs shrivel quickly and aren't edible for birds.

What about some other veg too? Nothing venture, nothing gain! Early potatoes are easy, plant some mint in a pot (it's invasive) to go with them. Home grown tomatoes taste better, buy a few plants in May. I like everlasting spinach, doesn't bolt so easily and lasts, pick when you want.


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:42

Morning all. Lovely sunny day. Must get on with pruning, beds too wet for much else. May sow some more petunias. First batch are just germinating, trailing ones.

That WUM (if it's the one I think) has caused trouble before, but some supported him. But our regular lovelies, well, we all know who they are


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 22:44

Think it's a bit soon, Tracey.


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 18:41

Pruned most of the Paul's Scarlet Climber in a sunny period. Hope there's another sunny period tomorrow to finish it.

Internet and phone played up again. France Telecom say it will be repaired by 6pm Wednesday, fault in the line.

Going off to make chicken in mushroom sauce with pasta and runner beans. OH has made pears in red wine - his speciality.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 14:51

Watch out David, or you'll end up in the nick!


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 14:48

Not that spring like here. Alternating heavy showers with sunny periods. As soon as you go out you get wet, so you come in and the sun's out.


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 13:08

Hello all, Internet seems better now.

Sorry about your roof and GH, puncdoc, must be worrying.

Have been reading through and it seems the tone of this thread is changing, seeds are being sown, gardens are being talked about more, could spring be coming after all?

Lily, I saw your lovely photos on the camera thread of Wakehurst Place. I must go there, we have a flat in Eastbourne where we go when we visit the UK so it's not too far. I found this on Google, full of lovely photos. 

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