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Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:28

If you don't want to raise your sweet peas indoors you can sow seed direct into the ground in April - I find it best to construct a wigwam of canes or other supports and then sow two seeds to each upright.  Pinch the tips out when they have three sets of leaves. 

Starting them off indoors will result in an earlier flowering.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:23

Hello Fritillary    ah, those were the days - Pa had a dairy farm (Dairy Shorthorns and Red Polls)  when I was small - then when my children were young I had a herd of dairy goats - I loved my quiet time milking in the morning when no one else was up, with the robin coming in to the barn to get some of the feed.

What sort of cows have you got?

Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:20

Baza, best to wait until February - then sow them 3 to a small pot and keep them indoors on your windowsills as they need a little warmth until they've germinated, then put them in the cold greenhouse. 

They'll need hardly any water until spring. 

When they've got 3 sets of leaves pinch the tip of the plant out.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:07

Good morning all   if anyone's up yet .... the wind's not quite so strong this morning although there's still the occasional howling in the chimney.  It's cooler though, down to 4C overnight and it's stuck there at the moment - the sky's clear and full of stars.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:04

((hugs)) for Lyn, Matty and Verdun

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 22:10

Result!    Thanks for letting us know


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 20:01

Have a good journey Panda - it's likely to be a bit on the breezy side.  Can you text me so that I can put your number in my new phone - my number's still the same


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 17:53

I've got a little Christmas Rose hellebore looking exactly like that by my front door Dd , and a Hellebore Tutu in bloom in the front as well, next to the Vib. Bodnantense which is absolutely plastered with flowers, and the Sweet Box - this is that bed's first winter and I'm really pleased

Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 16:21

Yes, I keep getting flashes of deja vu


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 16:15
KEF wrote (see)
...  Dove I hope it was an Ainsley soup, only ones I like.  

Same here - Ainsley's Hot & Sour = 66 kcals per mug

It's been blustery all day, but suddenly its getting really blustery and brilliant pink clouds are scudding across the sky - I've just heard from a friend up on the north Norfolk coast and it's looking stormy up there - I think we'd better batten our hatches down this evening. 

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