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Cold Frames

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:04

Winter- I grow basil indoors. I just sow thinly  in 3" pots of ordinary compost and leave them on  sunny windowsills and then split them up into clumps when they're big enough. I tend to leave it till about May so that they grow away quickly so perhaps that's the reason they do well. I did some two weeks ago and it's about an inch high and needs splitting up already. 

Should I open my mini greenhouse?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:51

Ventilation's as important as heat and light for anything in greenhouses and those plastic ones get horrendously hot - even on cooler days. I have tomatoes in mine and I haven't fully shut them overnight for the last few weeks. I'm in the centre of Scotland and we don't  get such high temps overnight either but I still keep the covers open a bit.

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:41

Joe - you're right about being non threatening. Careful negotiation is the only way. Doesn't matter that Ian's in the 'right' - farmers can be very good allies, but very bad enemies. I've seen it happen many times. 


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:35

If I don't 'see' you later OL - hope you have a lovely day and all goes well.  I've waved the wand so the   weather will be fine for you  

Panda - if you're around - I've PMd you about the plants - they've been posted. 

Cup of tea and then on with some work outside 

Fungus on ones strawberries!!

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:22

They'll be fine Clari. Let them get a bit more robust and you'll get a nice crop next year. They're tough plants but they'll  just need a bit of time to get healthy. You'll get some runners to take from them later  to build up your stock. 


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:28

I've seen you in that film nut -  A Close Shave.....

Have an ice cream for me today when you're all out 


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:27

Will post plants today Panda (and Gardengirl) 

Glad you're being respectable doc...  How's the canna?

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:24

Hawthorn's the most common boundary hedge for livestock as it provides a good dense barrier. You might need to protect it initially but it establishes quickly. If you're on good terms with the farmer then the best solution is to discuss how to make the wall a bit more substantial so that the cattle can't just push it over. It would be a shame if you had to sacrifice your plants continually - I know how that feels. Perhaps the farmer would let you mortar the wall as long as it didn't affect the look?

Watering Dwarf Delphinium's

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:32

Nothing to lose Wills. I'd have potted them on for a bit and then planted out but the conditions are good just now so worth doing. If you've got quite a few, pot on a couple so that if all else fails you have a couple of stronger plants to put out. 

Great weather here isn't it! 

Tips and advice needed for new lawn.

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:28

If you have a field backing onto your garden, be prepared to keep on top of weeding and feeding if you want a nice lawn - you'll always get lots of stuff coming in. It goes with the territory I'm afraid. A good routine in spring and autumn will be necessary to keep it looking good and it's worth doing it if you're going to the trouble of preparing a new one. 

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