Caz W

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:38

Another lovely sunny day in Swansea and seems warmer than yesterday as there's no cold wind!  Perfect gardening weather

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:34

Well, if you've had cake Bunny I'll have to have something now!  Think I've got a pack of Jaffa Cakes somewhere ...............

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Posted: 19/02/2013 at 13:27

Yes you have

I've just come in for a sarnie and a sit down!

Suggestions for planting in a sunny, boggy site.

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 19:26

Jo - I have similar conditions and I find that Geums do very well.  Most other things I grow have already been mentioned.

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Posted: 18/02/2013 at 19:23

Evening all - seems we've all been busy bees again today.  I've just been for a nosey around to see what Joc Nob has had to say for himself but I think Jean certainly gave him something to think about .  Nice one Jean

how to grow cucumber seed

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 20:30

Cody - I've just been reading this on another thread:

Mrs. Little Bush wrote (see)

Buy Burpless Tender Green F1 seeds.

Fill 3" plant pots with multipurpose compost, water first and drain. Push one seed in each pot, upright, with long edge horizontal and only just covered with compost. Scatter a 1/4" layer of vermiculite on top and place in aheated propagator/ airing cupboard / or a warm place indoors. After germination, which will only take a few days, bring into the light e.g. greenhouse bench and leave to grow. When they are larger - when roots are showing through base of pots - pot on into 5" pots, using more multipurpose compost, without disturbing the roots, and water.

When the plants are much larger and perhaps showing signs of flowers, pot on, into 12" pots, again with multipurpose compost,water and place in their final growing positions in the greenhouse. Provide support and care during growth according to the instructions on the seed packet.

Keep a bin full of water in the greenhouse, add the required amount of fertiliser e,g,tomato or miracle grow and use this for watering as it will be very handy and the same temperature as the plants. Only water when the compost feels dry to the touch, or if the weight of the pot feels lighter than usual, or if the leaves look limp. Do not over water. Cucumbers like water (they are mostly water) but too much can kill more easily than too little. Too little can be remedied but too much cannot.

Do not sow until it is warmer - April/May. It is easy to get seeds to germinate in warmth but after germination you need to be able to provide light and a warm situation outside the propagator. Good luck!

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 19:58

Thanks Jean - looks as if they'll need a lot of heat to get them to germinate so here's hoping for a heatwave as I don't have a heated propagator

10/10 for Persistence!

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 19:48

Verdun - I can't believe that this thug was given to me originally be a fairly experienced gardener!  I should have been suspicious when she told me it was called Japanese Limelight and I couldn't find it in any of my gardening books .  Lucky for me it was only planted in a small contained flower bed and I was able to dig it all out even though it took some brute force to do so!

However, it is amazing what conditions some plants can put up with and still survive.

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 19:38

I've just had a nice bath and feel like a new man

When's the crumble being delivered???

Lottie - talking about Hibiscus - OH went to Talbot House in Belgium last year and brought me back some hibiscus seeds (found them today when sorting out stuff).  They were in a normal envelope with just a tiny photo in the corner and the words "Hibiscus Seeds" and no other information or instructions.  Can anyone help me out here please?

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 19:30

Sending best wishes and good luck to Hawk & Rose.  I'm sure MummyMuddyPaws is right when she says other allotment holders will want to help when they know what's happened.  Us gardeners are generally a very friendly bunch who love to share their extras and I'm sure before long you'll be having your own extras to offer to others. Everyone on here is wishing you well so keep thinking those positive thoughts. xx

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