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Posted: 19/02/2015 at 18:47

I missed that you said it has berries - obviously I didn't look closely enough either


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 13:43
Willowkitten wrote (see)

I know about the supermarket chains being nasty and wanting to boycott gardeners when it comes to that, but it's three cloves in a pot and they'll stay in that pot. When I popped them in there I thought: "Supermarket...I wouldn't put it past them if these are modified and could contaminate the soil if planted out"....

It's nothing to do with anything like that!   It's just that garlic which has been sold for growing are grown in virus-free soil and are guaranteed to be virus-free.  Garlic bulbs bought for cooking with may have picked up a virus from the soil/air/insects at some time while it was growing.  The viruses that alliums can carry aren't harmful if you eat them, it's just that the plant will not make such good growth and will yield poorly.  It's just the same reason that it's recommended to use bought 'seed' potatoes from virus free stock rather than planting left-over cooking potatoes which may carry a virus.

Another reason why it's recommended to plant garlic bought especially for growing on is because the varieties in the garden centres etc will be suitable for growing in the UK climate - those bought in the supermarkets for cooking with are likely to have been grown in a mediterranean climate and will not perform well in our climate which is on the northern edge of their range.

The suggestion that supermarkets, and by implication the farmers who supply them with vegetables, would intentionally contaminate them is ludicrous!  What do you think they feed to their own families

Courgettes / Summer Squash

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 13:26

I grow my courgettes outside here in Norfolk - I wouldn't grow them inside as they need plenty of insects to pollinate them Sometimes we grow them in raised beds, sometimes in open ground in the veg patch.

This year I'll be growing pattypan squash instead of our usual yellow courgettes - just because we fancy a change


Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:54

Right 10C not 15C - but I wasn't far out - at least I knew that 20-25C was too much


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:54

I think you've hit the nail on the head - it's been growing lots of new roots and getting established

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:53

I would put them in the toilet rolls in the propagator then you won't damage the roots by pricking out. 

So many varieties but what to choose?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:45

Hi Dan

This thread gives some varieties that forum members found successful and some that they won't bother to grow again - I hope it's of some help

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:42

From what David K has taught us, I think they need the warmer temperature to germinate (although 20-25C seems excessive - I think about 15C) but as soon as they're germinated and have a pair of leaves they can go outside in the coldframe.


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:38

Morning KEF   enjoy the SM.

Is it Lyn's mum's birthday?  I hope she enjoys her special day


Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:37

Phew!!! Brrrrrrr!!! My hands are so cold they ache!!! But I've potted up all the snowdrops 'in the green' which arrived yesterday as part of my birthday present from OH  Several different varieties so together with the special ones I bought from Raveningham last week and my very special Galanthus 'Mighty Atom' which was a birthday present from a gardening friend I have 12 pots of snowdrops to plant out in a few weeks when I've extended the Little Wilderness around the hazel bushes

I did the snowdrop planting first thing this morning as I knew my hands would be cold - I've warmed them up by washing up the breakfast things  Ever since that fall when I broke my wrist and bashed my hand, my finger joints really really ache when my hands are cold.

Now although the sun is still shining there are grey clouds massing on the horizon and we have rain forecast for later - I've given the snowdrops a drink but I don't think they're likely to dry out over the next few days.

I've also put some potted hellebores (Mrs Betty Ranicar and Snow Love) up on the table on the terrace along with some pots of Cyclamen coum and a container of cream crocus which are budding up - now they're right outside the big studio glass wall to cheer us up and remind us that spring is nearly here.

Oh, and I've brought some little branches of forsythia indoors in a jug on the dining table - hopefully the buds will open soon

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