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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:02

Good morning Clari  

My OH is still in the Land of Nod too - I suppose I shall have to make my second coffee myself 

sweet pea framework

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:00

When I only had a tiny back yard I grew sweet peas like that - I used bamboo canes of about 6ft, stuck well into the compost around the edge of the pot and strung together as I described.  

The big difficulty of growing sweet peas in a pot is giving them enough water - they are surprisingly thirsty plants and succumb to powdery mildew very quickly if their roots dry out - if you can get hold of any of those water retention granules to mix with the compost that would be good.


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:54

Oh KEF!  Has he lost it in the garden?  

Plant biology.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:51

It works much the same way as with the animal kingdom - those who are of one species can only fertilise others of the same species.

No matter how amorous a tom cat may feel, even if he managed to find a co-operative dog, there would be no offspring - the genetics do not match.

Plants have evolved so that those of similar species grow in similar conditions and bloom at similar times of year thus increasing the odds that a visiting bee, going from flower to flower,  will have sufficient pollen of the same variety on it's 'fur' to rub off onto the stigma in the flower.

A more complex bit comes when we consider fruit like some apples, who require pollen from a different variety of apple tree - this is because in these plants the stigma rejects pollen from genetically similar plants.

Is that of any help? 

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:33


 It all depends on what type of seedlings ....


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:29

Good morning KEF and any/everyone else 

Gg, hope you're feeling better soon - treat yourself gently - don't overdo it - hopefully we have a long summer ahead of us 

Blue sky and sunshine here this morning - it was cool overnight again 4.5C for the second day running - but hopefully it's going to start warming up now 

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 06:23

Hi Marie

Is this the item you're talking about? 

I believe the plastic is avalable in the USA - it's a plastic film that's attached over the inside of windows in areas that get bad winters, to seal against drafts.  I would imagine it's available from DIY stores.  

I've just found this on Amazon 

1m sq no sun spot - what to plant?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 22:08

You beat me to it Verdun - I was just going to say 'ferns' 

New lawn from scratch

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 22:05

Aw Blairs!  small children, bare feet on the grass, daisies and dandelions ....... 

Identification please!

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:58

Yes, they're succulents - there's some sempervivums and echevaria and some others .........  

They'll have been very unhappy in the very wet weather we had over the winter - I've lost quite a few succulents this winter.  You've taken the right action to try to let them dry a bit.

Now I'd pot them up into individual pots with good drainage in a mixture of loam based compost with added horticultural grit and keep them in a sheltered corner without too much shade - keep checking underneath and around the pots for slugs and snails!!!

They should recover 

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