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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:23

OL it's going to be fine - try to train the new shoots around rather than up and then it'll fill the 'obelisk'. 

Newly planted hawthorn hedge

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:18

Nothing much visible will happen yet - those bare roots are growing and developing and establishing so that they can take in all the water and nutrients needed for the top to grow - until that's happened nothing can happen up top.

In fact, nothing much other than some small leaves may happen at all this year - next spring your hedge should begin to grow 

Lupin from seeds

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:14
ThistleDoNicely wrote (see)

Thanks everyone, hopefully I'll be reporting back with a success story! Supernoodle, I imagine I'll be much the same  I don't have any children so this is the next best thing hahahaha!


Plants don't get you up for night time feeds, they don't have colic, they don't need changing as often, and 16 years later they don't need taxis at all hours of the day and night - speaking as a parent, plants are a good option 

Questions about lettuce and spinach

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:08

Have you got a veg patch you can transplant them into and then protect them with a cloche or some cut off plastic bottles or something - I just think they'll be happier outside.  

Morning Glory

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:02

I had some self seed in my tiny inner city yard - they'll probably survive OL, but they will sulk while it's not warm enough for them. 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:58

OL, I don't have a greenhouse - they'll start on the windowsill and then they'll go into the mini-greenhouse and when they're bigger they'll go into their big pots and be put outside on the terrace - last year I had about 20 large pots full of tomatoes.

 I'm not going to grow so many this year - some of this year's are going to be given to a gardening friend - the only problem is, she might give me some of hers 

what to do with school gardens during holidays

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:53

Well, wild flowers are wild flowers and no one waters and trims them n the wild and they've survived for thousands of years - those ones will probably be ok if a bit scruffy by September - but that's the nature of things. 

As for the rest, every school I've ever known has a caretaker who does things on the site during the summer - could he/she not be prevailed upon to keep an eye on things and if there's a real dry spell perhaps chuck a few buckets of water over it in exchange for a gift of something welcome from the PTA ?

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:47

Sweet peas can be hardened off and put outside - mine have been planted out with no protection for a while - and you can direct sow some more now 

All of the rest, with the exception of Morning Glory, are hardy and could be sown direct outside.

I would keep the greenhouse 'door' wide open in the daytime and 'ajar' at night  - that will suit everything except the Morning Glory.

For the Morning Glory I'm afraid it's far too early - they really don't like cool weather and won't grow - if they are started off in the warm and then put outside in the cool the leaves turn white.  I've not even sown mine yet and probably won't do so until the end of  April/beginning of May.  I'll then keep them indoors on the kitchen windowsill until mid June when they'll be planted outside.  If I were you I'd get another packet of Morning Glory seeds and start another lot off on the kitchen windowsill (I used to have a Victorian terrace with a north-facing kitchen window - it is possible )  If both lots succeed you'll have double the Glory!!!




Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:07


Andrew, if you get hooked by these lovely flowers, there is also a Summer Snowflake, Leucojum aestivum of which Gravetye Giant is a well-known form. 

Anemone De Caen Mixed

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:00

I saw some in pots at the Norwich Notcutts last week, so they're definitely about 

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