Excitable Boy

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Talkback: How to grow sunflowers from seed

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 10:16

In our village they have a competition for kids to see who can grow the largest sunflower head (not the tallest). A few years ago our daughter planted her sunflower on top of a hole filled with the previous year's manure where I had grown courgettes.

The plant didn't grow particularly tall - about 7 feet - but the flower head was HUGE, 21 inches across excluding petals.

what should i do

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:33

Definately seperate - or just kill the weaker seedling if necessary.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:26
gardeningfantic wrote (see)

can anyone here tell me how i can keep track of threads i have posted on.. i cant find way to do it.

Ensure the little box on the left opposite the "Submit Reply" button is ticked. You'll then get lots (and lots) of update emails.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 09:23

Morning all! We had a lovely night last night, thanks for your good wishes. Did get a few strawbs and raspberries on a pavlova - just makes me keener for the home grown ones!

Huge big yellow thing in the sky here today!!!!!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 18:58
kate1123 wrote (see)

I was just thinking about tonights GW then remebered it was not on, what shall I do now

Absolute disgrace!

Would have missed it anyway as we're off out to celebrate another year of wedded bliss!

Talkback: How to grow parsnips from seed

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 18:54

I tried the trick of germinating the parsnip seeds on damp kitchen towel (on a flowerpot tray and covered with clingfilm to retain moisture) for the first time this year. To my surprise almost all of the seeds germinated!!. Very fiddly planting them out without damaging them and looking at them today I see I have a few gaps, but definately more parsnips than gaps unlike previous years. There's still time to do this!

What compost?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 17:29

If you live in the South-east, Wales or midlands try Durstons compost - £1.48 for 20ltr bags at SPAR. Really good stuff - I have used it for seeds and seelings without any problems. Don't be shy of asking the manager to get you some if they don't have it on display.

Potato planting

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 17:00

Yes, give or take. If shallower don't worry, you'll just have to earth up more. Potatoes are very forgiving. I'm assuming you chitted them, but if not don't worry - farmers never do this and they seem to manage.


Posted: 04/05/2012 at 16:31

I'd avoid celery if you're new to veg as it's tricky and there's a lot of work involved. Courgettes are great but no more than two plants unless you really really like them. Butternut squash is dead easy and stores well. Beetroot - both for leaves and root, but pick when golfball sized. Sweetcorn too if the ground ever warms up (start in pots now). Tastes totally different to the shop stuff. Turnip and it's big brother Swede are also worthwhile if you have some space.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 16:24

I bought 3 for £10 56ltr J Arthur Bowers compost from a garden centre recently and was very unimpressed - mouldy, smelly and too risky to use. Our local SPAR shop has 20ltr bags of Dunstons compost for £1.48 and it's really good stuff - even for seeds. If you find a SPAR that doesn't have it ask the manager to get some in for you and they're really helpful. I prefer the smaller bags too - far easier to handle.

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