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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:35

Spring Snowflake - leucojum vernum - a lovely thing 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:24

It doesn't look as if I'm going to be around much during the day tomorrow - son is picking me Very Early!!! and taking me out - hopefully I'll be back in time for the party!!!

can anyone identify this plant for me

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:21

It looks like something that once grew under a bird table - any bird feeders in that area?


But whatever it is, it's a grass that self-seeds itself around - I think I'd pull it up and put it in the bin before it can do it again 

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