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What to grow in summer

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 13:16

Pak choi, Swiss chard, beetroot, Early-type carrots (to harvest small) red mustard leaves (to use as baby salad leaves) ...


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:54

OH knows several of his customers' PIN numers ... they say them out loud as they enter them 


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:43
Busy-Lizzie says:

Sounds lovely, Dove. Will we get a photo?

See original post

 Probably ... eventually ... 

Hosta ... he probably  has an ulterior purpose for that specific type of bag ... one can only hazard a guess at what that may be ... perhaps they're particularly well suited to suffocating one's partner in their sleep ... perhaps you'd better alert the police to your concerns ... a quick visit by the local constable might prevent a nasty crime and in any event  would put your mind at rest ... and teach him a lesson 

Oh, did someone say something about wasting police time ... 


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:56

Right ... I'm back ... where do you want them Fairy? 

While I was at Homebase I just popped into the plant centre  and came across a lovely young couple just starting out in gardening - they were very pleased to have found some plugs of dianthus (Sweet William type) with a label that said they flowered 'all year'   Being me I just had to introduce myself and explain that they will not bloom through the winter months ... what on earth are Homebase thinking of ?   Suggested they go online on GW forum if they have any queries ... wonder if they will ... they said they would 

At last we've got the 'Garden Shades' for the seats and shed etc - the fence is already Seagrass - the seats and shed are going to be Beach Blue with Pale Jasmine touches.  

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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 10:15

That reminds me Pdoc - I need to make a list of the changes I keep thinking of ...........

and we need to go to Homebase for the paint for the garden shed/benches etc ........ anyone need me to pick anything up while we're there? 

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 10:01
aym280 says:

... I planted my bargain buys next to a concrete slab and they are in flowers, but too ravaged by SS for the flowers to be photographed....

 I'll bet that underneath that concrete slab you'll find lots of slugs living - favourite place for them.  

Delphiniums don't need heat or bright sunshine; in fact they don't like it at all - that's why many Americans are so jealous of our ability to grow them.

Get them outside Wakeshine 

Does anyone recognise this seedling?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:08

I'd pot it on as soon as poss to avoid damage to it's roots(and those of the aloe vera).

It only needs a yoghurt carton with some holes in the bottom and a bit of multi-purpose compost..

We grew no end of them when the children were small - they never fruited but flowered most of the year round and filled the conservatory with the most amazing scent.  Allow them to dry out between waterings, and use rainwater if possible. 

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:00

Put them outside in a semi-sunny spot and guard them from slugs and snails.  They'll die down in the winter - keep an eye on them when they start to re-appear in the spring - put sharp grit over them and stand the pots in a tray of sharp grit - that'll help keep the slugs and snails away.  You might even need some iron-based slug pellets (not the metaldehyde ones).  

When they're looking fairly sturdy in late spring, plant them out in your garden - you'll be glad you did 

Does anyone recognise this seedling?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:46

That's a citrus seedling, so presumably lemon if that's what you've sowed.  

Pot it up individually asap. 

Mother in law tongue

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:39

Mine just grow and grow  - I keep them bone dry in the winter and water probably about once a month in the summer. Most of the time they're above a radiator in a west-facing window. I put them outside in the semi-shade to get rained on for a few days in the summer.  They flower from time to time.  

I shall have to split my big one soon - the pot it's in is so mishapen as it's forcing it's way out of the pot.

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