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Seed Exchange

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:18

Later on i will have pompom aquilegias, eryngiums, Linaria purpurea, and various assorted salvias.. The hellebores all went out as fresh because they have to be sown immediately.

Seed Exchange

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:15

This early on in the season, I think its best if everyone interested saves seeds, labelled with variety if known, into Paper envelopes(a good use for all that junk mail) and not plastic. Then we should start listing in August. otherwise it all gets very  messy. Remember seeds have to dry off on the plant as much as possible. eg lupins are ripe when the bottom pods on the spike start to open and the seeds are black. if you collect too early the seeds will not be viable. Last year I had some green seeds sent to me in plastic, and surprise surprise, they never germinated.

Plant swapping is easiest on forum outings. i wouldn't like to send molly in a bucket through the post.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:02

If they are very leggy I would stake them well.  If they have no flowers yet you could prune off the tops to make them branch better.

Sweetcorn novice

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:00

I dont remove side shoots.  Do not mix up side shoots for the female flowers which will form the cobs. The male flower at the top of the plant, you tap to let the wind distribute the pollen.

idenify please

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:16

1 lookslike verbascum violetta

2 some sort of campanula

3 looks like foxglove flower but leaves are wrong, maybe isoplexis??

what country are you in?. I dont recognise any of these as british wild flowers.

More good guys

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:36

Have you bought this for seed? You do know its biennial and if its in flower now it will die shortly? Although it will scatter so much seed around you will have it for evermore

Pruning a grape vine

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:28

If it is a new vine, you need a framework before you prune for fruit. Tie in new shoots to give a good framework,remove all others. Next year you prune new shoots back to two buds from the main framework to give fruit shoots the following year.

I use the rod and spur system for a black hamburgh in my greenhouse.


Unexpected tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:45

Not only have I got last years  missed potatoes coming up, I also have runner beans that have grown from dropped seeds. If they weren't in the Kale patch I'd be grateful.

Discount supermarkets

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:37

Tesco are no better.

The Range had tomato plants shivering  outdoors in early  May and the  hardy pansies undercover.



Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:23

excellent fish and chips, followed by summer pudding.   very full now.

Hope your brugmansia is happy ,Kef

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This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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