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Posted: 09/04/2015 at 09:32

Morning all.

Over 300 plug plants have just arrived in the post! But the GH is already nearly full as my seeds have done so well. I'll have to have a huge shuffle and some will go into coldframes.

It's sounds as though it will be a lovely (if such a thing can be) funeral, Dove.

Hard to park in Cornwell without paying, I remember. I had to collect small change to make sure we had enough. I like the French car parks where you get a ticket and can choose to pay with a bank card on the way out, only paying for the time you've been there. I hate "pay and display". Even worse are those English car parks where you have to type in your number plate. They don't recognise French number plates so in some of them we couldn't get a ticket.

I had to water my pots around the house last night, they'd got very dry, 20° yesterday.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 20:18

Not having problems lily - so far.

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Posted: 08/04/2015 at 20:17

The nursery I went to see with gardening club was huge, enormous polytunnels with big tables covered in heated mats and masses of baby plants, mostly annuals and veg such as tomatoes, leeks, courgettes and herbs. The chap explained how it all worked and that all the pricking out is done by hand. Then we saw smaller polytunnels with hardening off from heated mats baby plants, perennials and roses. Not nearly such a big selection of perennials as I'd expected though.

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Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:41

Has anyone heard from Artjac? Haven't seen her here since before Christmas.

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Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:38

Hello Ben, welcome back. I remember you always gave practical advice, especially concerning technical matters.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 10:38

Morning all.

Going to a perennial plant nursery with local gardening club this afternoon.

Busy now, can't stop, have a good day.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:19

Another afternoon spent in the veggie garden. Have sowed spinach beet, beetroot (Detroit), peas (Kelvedon Wonder), mangetout peas (Normand) and hardy annuals in new cut flower bed. Planted out red oak leaf lettuces and planted Charlotte potatoes also 5 other free potatoes that came with them.
In the GH, in pots have sowed French beans, courgettes, butternut squash, cucumbers and sweet corn. Will sow carrots and parsnips tomorrow.

Using vegetable plug plants

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:37

Cabbages, beetroot, carrots, spinach and onions are hardy, but if they've been kept indoors they need hardening off first, which means protection at night or if it's very cold for about a week until they are used to being outside. Carrots don't like root disturbance, never heard of them as plugs. I sow seeds, will sow some this afternoon. Then you thin them out, leaving some to grow on.

French beans and pumpkins are not hardy. They will need to be indoors until frosts are over.

Starting a garden from scratch - need lots of tips.

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:32

The "Expert" series are very good, although written some time ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Flowering-Shrub-Expert-best-selling/dp/0903505398

The Complete how to be a Gardener by Alan Titchmarsh explains everything, but not boringly.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Complete-How-To-Gardener/dp/0563522623  

Room 101

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:18

Weeds - probably here already, but they've started growing again.

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