Latest posts by Fairygirl


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 08:07

Morning/afties all. Hope you're well Pat 

Snowy here after a frost. I can here a neighbour scraping a windscreen.  Must get one of your high falutin' thermometers Dove - I can hardly read mine even with my specs on... 

A green tinge would be nice - a while before it happens here, but most welcome when it eventually does 

Off to read back now with a cup of char. If some of the ladies here are looking in - watch the BBC news. The weather reports will set your hearts a fluttering....

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 22:17

I usually sow direct Lucid. It's cold here till May/June and I don't find it  worthwhile sowing early under cover. When you get plants hardened off and outside, the cold checks them,  so the direct sown ones catch up anyway. The bonus is that they flower well into October 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 21:35

David - they were quite robust those ones! 

Tomatoes were tasty though 

Lucid - I found this pic of some of my sweet peas in pots from a couple of years ago. The pots are about 15/18 inches diameter with three canes and six sweet peas in it 


This one shows how I put string round the canes. I also tie the stems in gently as well



If your supports have horizontals on them, you'd probably just need to tie the stems in as they grow. 


Where to start???

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 20:26

Hi Shirley - if you have a camera, take some photos of your garden and put them on here. Click on the little tree icon in the toolbar and follow instructions.  As plants come through, or get their spring/summer foliage, there are plenty of people here who will ID them for you and offer advice on care and pruning etc. At this time of year there are late winter and early spring bulbs which might be lurking -  ready to come through - so take that advice of having a seat and taking notes...and a few more photos  

Soil testing kits are readily available in Garden Centres too. 

Young children enjoy pottering so I'd echo Sparkles' advice and get a few cheap troughs or pots and a few packets of seeds for the them. Things like nasturtiums are very easy - big seeds and grow quickly - so they're brilliant for children. Sweet peas are also fairly easy and we have a resident expert called DavidK who will help you with them on the dedicated thread Sweat Pea Know How. You can grow them in large pots or in the border.

If you like salads, there are loads of lettuce varieties which will grow happily in containers. Herbs are also easy and you can pick them up cheaply in all sorts of places. 

We also have a Seed Swap thread where you can get a few things to start you off 

Most of all - don't worry - we all start off with no knowledge, but it's a lot of fun learning! 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 19:44

Sorry David.... 

I should have said that about the foliage too - I only take the ones below, and a few to keep the fruits clear. They need to grab all the sun they can get up here!  

But back to the proper subject - have you grown 'Juliet' David?  I was looking for a cream to grow this year and saw these in my local GC. Supposed to be very fragrant but also have a 'citrus' scent. How does that work.... 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 19:33

My friend Denzel today 

time for my bath...



come on in - the water's lovely.....


 oops a daisy!



Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 17:48

I went out and tidied the borders along teh fence to the back gate and put compost down on them. Tidied the bit beside the pond and pruned the clematis there (Niobe) 

Looks like we may get rain/sleet/snow overnight so glad I got that done  

obelixx -  hope everything stays where it should tonight 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 17:44

Flumpy - this is what my very small growhouse looked like year before last. I only had half a cover for it! You can see foliage removed at the bottom. I took lots more off as the fruits started to ripen to let the sun at them 



Water Cress

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 17:36

Hazel - if you're stuck, I can send you a piece of mine. It's never died back. 


Posted: 12/02/2016 at 17:35

RB - I told BT years ago where they could shove their fibre optic. Tricky probably, because they already have their broadband up there as well .....

KEF- pasta would be perfect fro a cosy meal for two....

Is it wrong that I call Mr B  'Denzel' .... after a certain actor....

Even worse - I call Mrs B 'Beyonce'.....

Shetland's on tonight Lesley. I love it 

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