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Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:28

Good morning all.

Sorry about your friend Pentillie.

Have a good time, Dove.

Cloudy today. So much needs doing outside, not sure where to start.


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:29

500 cal day for me too tomorrow. Easier than dieting all the time as it's only 2 days a week. Can't drink vast amounts of water like that as would always be in the loo! 1 - 2 litres OK.

Heated Propogator

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:10

Sunflowers are quite easy to grow from seed, but you sow them in spring, April/May into the ground. Good for bees and then you can feed the seeds to the birds at the end of the year. Scabiosa don't like my garden, don't know why. That sedum is a hardy perennial, I would buy it as a proper plant from a garden centre. Bees and butterflies love them. I have never grown a sedum from seed.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:29

Lucky Dove!

I like blue and yellow, but I usually grow a paler viola, Morpho or something. They are pretty.


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:26

Fidgetbones, the aquilegias should be fine, they are pretty hardy, but I imagine yours are babies.

Been doing gardening chores and sowing more seeds today, bedding plants. Nice day, sunny. Also cleared out a neglected cold frame which was full of weeds, changed the sand in it and OH has made a new polycarbonate lid as it was broken.

Heated Propogator

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 15:23

I have 3 x 35cm heated propagators, no thermostat. The thing is not to get seeds to germinate, but to look after them afterwards. I put a thermometer in one of mine out of curiosity, it was 26° in the propagator on the kitchen windowsill, another thermometer on the sill said 17°, so it was plenty warm enough to make the seeds germinate, which they have. But they will grow and then they'll need potting on and all that before it's frost free outside. Have you plenty of window sills, or, better still a greenhouse that's frost free? The baby plants would prefer it over 8 - 10° at night.

I have a greenhouse, but only a rather small feeble heater, too expensive to keep properly warm. I am transferring the babies to window sills, but there is a risk they'll get leggy reaching for light. Then they'll go in the greenhouse.

Zinnias like warmth, I'd wait a bit, then sow them in the propagator. Nasturtiums grow quite quickly and you can sow straight into the ground from late March to May. Cornflowers the same, they are hardy annuals. Lettuces too, they don't like it too warm. Peas shouldn't need a propagator either, they can go straight in the ground in March/April. As you've sown some they'll need getting out as soon as they've germinated, none of those plants needs to be very warm, but it's too soon for outside, who knows what the weather will bring!

A propagator is really good for half hardy annuals and tomatoes. I have sown lobelia, petunias, gazanias, verbena and rudbeckia Tiger Eye so far. They are the sort of plants that can't survive cold nights yet.

March is really a less risky time of year to sow.

Blue moon climber in a pot

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:07

That link of Dove's is good. The container must be quite big and roses need more feeding and watering than in the ground. I have several roses in containers, including some small climbers.

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.

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