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What to sow in January

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 20:53

Use your propagator to start off stem cuttings from house plants abot 4" long cut just below a node ( see this weeks gardening  tips) You can put the cutting in a glass of water and keep in the propagator at low temperature in a light place. By the time you can start planting seeds (mid March earliest) you should have rooted cuttings. Try anything - at worst it can only fail.

Jubilee Summer Planting

Posted: 22/01/2012 at 16:54

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions - I will give them some thought. In the meanwhile off to Egypt for a couple of weeks.  Ciao, Chris.

Talkback: How to grow sweetcorn

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 10:34
You will find that almost all of your crop is ready to pick at about the same time and you can't eat them fast enough. They turn starchy if left more than 24 hrs. I pick ALL that are ready and remove the wrapping around the kernel. I then wrap the bare kernels in cling film and put them in the freezer. At a later date (many months!) my wife takes the sweetcorn out of the freezer and puts them straight into a steamer, without de-frosting. They are still sweet and juicy - far better that shop bought ones.

Jubilee Summer Planting

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 13:24

I am the gardener for a Folk Museum that has a small front garden which I would like to plant up with red, white and blue flowers to fit in with the village theme for next year's Jubilee celebrations. We do not have a lot of money and so I would like something cheap, easy to grow and maintain, floriforous and all in bloom together for a fairly long time.  I am thinking of Red & White Geraniums but what for blue ?


Posted: 11/12/2011 at 13:11

Nunu,   Ideally you should have taken cuttings in July/August and you should keep these frost free over winter. Also I keep a few pelagoniums in the house/conservatory over winter - they can go on flowering but best to let them rest by reducing watering.

Otherwise pot up your pelagoniums, prune them really hard back to about 6" height and keep in a frost free place until spring. Water very sparingly and remove yellow leaves.  In spring use unwanted shoots (facing inwards) for cuttings in gravel.

Deformed Tree Branches

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 10:01


Many thanks for your informative response. I had an idea it began with an F but couldn't think of the rest of the word.   I will advise my sister forthwith.

Cheers,  Chris.

Deformed Tree Branches

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 11:10

My sister has a flowering almond or cherry (?) on which two branches are flattenned and are growing in a spiral fashion. It looks like some branches have fused together. Is it harmful?  What causes it?  Should we cut it out? 

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Jubilee Summer Planting

Suggestions for Red, White & Blue Display 
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Deformed Tree Branches

Tree branches fusing together to make one flat branch. 
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