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Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:54
I grow my crops in a unheated greenhouse, so i sow seeds in a propogator in the conservatory and on a window ledge in a spare bedroom.My sweet peas were sown 10 days ago and are up and running, i will be sowing sweet peppers, chilli peppers and tomatoes in the next 10 days.
This year i will try for the first time, sweet pepper LanyF1, Fuego F1 chilli and BanemiF1 tomatoe.
My broad beans Masterpiece green longpod were sown in the greenhouse 14 days ago and are still thinking about making an appearance.
Regards PG

Talkback: Top 10 plants for a dream garden

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:28
Your top 10 list is very impressive, i have 7 out of 10 on your list, the hemp looks interesting, i will try that i am putting together a mixed hedge, mainly hornbeam and holly, so i will add a hawthorn to that, the crab apple i have is a John Downie, the blackbids leave the fruit on the tree until the ground freezes, this is obviously their emergency reserve, I grow a lot of different lavenders from seed, other bird/insect magnets are oregano, rosemary and ecchium blue bedder,all have a prominent place in my plot
. Regards PG

Seed buying

Posted: 03/01/2012 at 18:36

We really are spoilt for choice, with the vast array of plants and seeds which are available, i am busy trying to select some really hot chillis to grow, it irks me somewhat when i give my friends hot chillis to try and they proceed to munch them like carrots so finding some really hot ones is a top priority. I have selected a chilli called Prairie Fire which only grows 6inches/15cm tall .

The cucumber i grow is Telegraph Improved which is good value for money as some cucumber seed is quite expensive, i Will also try Twenty F1

I  am trying two cabbage varieties i have not tried before Dutchman F1 and Excel F1    and i am trying a pelleted lettuce seed called Challenge No doubt i could get all my seeds from one supplier but what i do is split my order between 4 or 5 different  seed company's 

Hedge problems

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 19:29

Hi Kev,

I think that the damage to your hedge is caused by exposure to a bitterly cold wind,  although privet is extremely hardy, if you recollect last winter was particularly severe which did damage to many plants which in previous years had survived. If you cut the damaged part to about 12 inches from the base new growth may appear in the spring. Hedges do need care and attention by mulching with compost, grass cuttings are ideal and a regular liquid feed,the ideai width for a privet hedge is 12 to 18 inches, and the ideal height is 4 to 5 feet. I hope this is some help to you.

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 24/12/2011 at 19:04

Hi PhilH.

One piece of advice re sprouts i picked up recently was to remove the top of the plants, doing this seems to make the sprouts larger and tighter,also make sure that the soil around the plants is really firm. I think your sprouts will still be edible.

Too chilly to plant now?

Posted: 24/12/2011 at 18:51

You could still plant daffodils and tulips, you will find some good bargains in the garden centers. Most daffodils flower in mid March tulips in mid April, if planted now that is still sufficient time to have a reasonably good display. Whatever happens the bulbs will not be lost.

Gardeners World

Posted: 20/12/2011 at 18:24

The Gardeners World Christmas Special was excellent, i allways enjoy G W programmes irrespective of  who presents them, in my opinion it is the content that matters. Like most gardeners i am already experiencing withdrawal symptoms now that the G  W  season has come to a end.however i have three Geoff Hamilton c'ds featuring cottage, paradise, and ornamental kitchen gardens which  are a great source of inspiration.

Seasons greetings to all at G W  

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